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I don't know about you but part of my anxiety is the need to control it and being scared that people around me will know that I'm having a panic. Something that has helped me recently is to try and think that it doesn't really matter. Would it be so bad if I ran out of the shop (or wherever) screaming that I wanted to get out of there? I'm sure I'd get some funny looks and possibly someone might even ask me if I was OK, but I doubt I would be an outcast for ever.
So now when I have a bit of a panic I try to say to myself 'So what, are you going to scream and run away? or are you going to collapse on the floor? No, you're not. So just get on with it and it will go away soon.' So by giving myself permission to be a complete freak it seems to relieve some of the tension.
Just imagine if it was as socially acceptable to say 'Oh, I'm having a bit of a panic' in the same way as saying 'Oh, I've got terrible indigestion.' I'm sure many lives would be made easier.
Anyway, that was just my thought for the day that I thought I'd share
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