I'm new to this place. I thought I would check out a forum because I want to find a solution to my anxiety issues.
To keep things brief, I love singing but my hobby singing in community choirs has been brought to a halt because a few years back, I had a major panic attack before my solo came up at a Holiday concert.
It was one of the scariest things I've gone through. I don't want to go into detail but the EMS team confirmed it was a panic attack. (I called an EMS because I was sitting alone in my car, my entire body was shaking and I was feeling very weak and scared after it happened).
I have performed all my life. I've been the lead in plays, musicals, and have had solos in concerts since I was in middle school. So, it was very, very odd to me that this would occur at this time in my life (I am 26).
I don't really know anyone else personally who suffers anxiety like I do. It has seemed to get worse over time.
Sometimes when I have to speak in public, or simply go up in front of a crowd, the anticipation of the idea gets my heart pounding and I start to get the feeling that I should run away and hide.
I know about the deep breathing (in through the nose, out through the mouth) and such, but I don't think I've mastered it yet. I am basically looking for a permanent solution that doesn't involve drugs or medication.
I am interested to hear your stories and what you do daily to keep yourselves calm in times like these.
Oh, and my name's Madeleine. Nice to meet you all.