My anxiety level has been low for a couple of months now. Something that I think helped it greatly was not skipping any meals, and eating as wholesome as possible. But today!!! I don't know how it happened, I'm assuming I stretched myself too thin again. Well, I drive my Dad to work every morning----long story short--he lives next door, he's 76 years old and still works! So, I wake up, exercise, take the dog out, did a few dishes (that I left last night) then took my Dad to work. The temperature out there was frigid as I scraped the ice off my windshield...
When I got back home I felt like I couldn't take a deep breath---that is one of the symptoms I get when I'm stressed, just very shallow breathing. It stayed with me all morning. I made my husband homemade chicken soup for lunch, still feeling bad. Then after he left, I took the dog out again all the while wishing I could take a deep breath or relax.
Then at about 2:30 pm I did some grocery shopping, and I needed quite a bit. The store was crowded because we are expected to have another snow storm so everyone had the same idea to stock up. As I walked through the store the shallow breathing lead to feeling dizzy which then led to me worrying that something was wrong with my heart. I even visualized me on the floor and someone calling 911. Then I thought if that happened surely someone would know CPR.
I had to stop the catastrophic thinking I was doing and just remind myself that I have felt that way many, many, many times before, and that it was merely a reaction to myself stretching myself too thin again and stressing myself out. And that's what I told myself. And then I felt better.
The line at the cash register was long and slow, but because I calmed myself down I did not run out the store screaming.
I'm still here....all is good :)