Wow, it's been a while since I've been here. In the past 2 years since I joined I've had my share of good and bad days but recently (because of certain major upcoming life events) I've been under a lot of stress and have been having many high anxiety days (including one panic attack
) in a short period of time which of course has made me feel even more stressed and anxious overall.
Anyway, this week I'm going to be facing some situations which I find particularly triggering and am wondering if anyone else who also struggles with them has any tips on things to do to manage them or even just some words of encouragement...
Particularly, I'm going to be spending some time in a car as well as visiting the dentist, doctor, and getting my hair cut. Basically anything where I have to sit in a chair/room for an extended period of time = feeling trapped = anxiety (especially driving/being in a car)
I've already talked with my therapist about some ideas of things I could do like making sure I'm not rushing, listen to calming music in the car, bring water and snacks with me, and I'll have a brown bag to breathe into in case I panic.
But I was wondering if anyone here with some more personal experience dealing with anxiety in the same situations also had any ideas or things that have worked for them in the past? I would really appreciate any suggestions. Thank you in advance.