Lately it's been very hard to relax myself. Anytime I know I am going to be in a very busy social situation and not be able to easily "escape" it if I have a panic attack (Grocery Store, Traffic, Concerts, bank teller taking forever, etc) I immediately start to freeze up, get jumpy, find myself causing myself this own fear. The worst thing for me is being in a grocery store or in traffic, there really is not much you can do to escape said situation.
When it comes to relaxing...
- I have been doing A LOT of Yoga
, mainly at night before going to bed, and then for a good amount of time over the weekend. It seems to be helping, but very slowly.
- Going outside
helps TREMENDOUSLY. Just getting a nice deep breathe of fresh air may be the best medicine. I am coming down from the flu, and had a major panic attack at the grocery store tonight. Got really hot, and everyone being around me was just making it worse... I made a good call to go to the outdoor nursery and just relax there, not a single soul there either. It helped.... until I had to go back inside
! This is something helps me get through the day at work. Not even yoga stretches, but just normal work out stretches. My nerves/muscles tense up so much during anxiety that it causes me an extraordinary amount of pain, so stretching out really helps my body relax.
- Talk to yourself!
I know many people think of this and then reply with "Well what if someone sees me and thinks im crazy?" Well whatever! It really helps, just talk yourself down. It is VERY hard, I know, it takes a lot of time to do this successfully, but you can do it.
- Just "go for it
"! This is hard to explain, but anxiety and nervousness is really caused by holding yourself back and fearing the repercussions of "OMG WHAT IF I MOVE THIS WAY WILL I GET DIZZY!?" You just need to GO FOR IT. It's easier said than done, yes, but you just need to believe in yourself and don't hold back. Today throughout the day I was feeling very up and down, weak, tense, everything in the book.... but I just put my head back, put a smile on, and forced myself to be as energetic and happy as possible! It's possible to psych yourself into fear, but it is also possible to psych yourself into feeling GREAT! :)