Soooo stressed!!! Ok so I was finally starting to feel better, not let things stress me out and worry- then last night a young boy ran in front of my car and I knocked him over ( he's fine ) thank god!!! But now I have this to worry about..... I feel physically sick and now I'm thinking all this worrying is going to make me go crazy!!! Us that possible?? I'm SOOO fed up with this x
what a horrendous thing for you (and the young boy) to have to go through. So, OF COURSE, you are a wee bit wigged out over it---emotionally and physcially. I believe anyone would be.
So allow yourself that
for today..... THEN collect yourself and move on to EVERYBODY is fine and no one is going to go crazy.
this sort of thing sends out adrenaline surge. In a person that isn't living anxiously, he/she could expect to feel those afteraffects---ie jiggly feeling arms/legs, shortness of breath, extteme fatigue, jitteriness, nausea---for a few hours or so. For us anxious peeps, since our bodies are already on "freak out alert
" those weird feelings can last a couple of days. It could be even longer if we start thinking
about how we feel phsyically or if we ruminate over the stressor.
I'll give you an example of how the after effects adrenaline can linger in a body:
About 3yrs ago I was in my yard trimming back the Lamb's Ears spent flowers. They were looking ratty BUT the bee population (from honeybees to yellowjackets to bumbles) were still enamoured with them. I don't like bees. So I was moving in and "snip" and then move down and "snip". Gotta tell ya the bees started catching on that I was cutting down the nectar source and weren't all that thrilled with me. Long story short (well maybe to late for that
) I played "Dodge that Bee" for about twenty minutes. I sat down afterward and I really, REALLY felt all those lovely "fight or flight" symptoms. My thighs really felt it. They were incredibly sore for about 3 days. Now this was with me not LIVING ANXIOUSLY and I still had a somewhat prolonged after effect.