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I didn’t have a panic attack at work today—for which I am GRATEFUL, but for the sake of this post I wanted to talk about some of the ways anxiety wreaks havoc on my daily life. (So if reading about symptoms is triggering for you, please take care and scroll past!)
Nausea. There are a lot of annoying symptoms of anxiety, but this is probably the worst for me. I can deal with the rabbiting heartbeat, the racing thoughts, even the bouts of dizziness. But nausea is invariably the worst because it’s physically hindering and feels inescapable.
Extra-careful planning: because I have IBS (which I need to talk more about on here), I feel the need to be overly diligent about my diet & sleep schedule. I feel like I need to wake up earlier, sleep earlier (which NEVER works—I lay down in bed at 9 last night and ended up sleeping fitfully from 2AM to 5:30AM 😖), with enough time to eat a nutritionally bland breakfast that won’t turn my stomach before work or whatever planned activity of the day. The tricky thing, though, is that micro-managing often harms more than aids my anxiety.
And of course, panic/anxiety attacks. Luckily, I don’t get these too frequently, but when I do they are draining and physically debilitating. I’ve also noticed that oftentimes after having a panic attack, I’ll subconsciously start avoiding the situation that triggered it. Hence why panic attacks at the workplace are so challenging even AFTER the fact.
I’ll write a whole post later on how I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, but for now, I want to redirect everyone to @christysrecovery ’s page. She pours her heart out in every post & I can’t describe how it feels to read them—all I know is that though our struggles aren’t completely the same, I don’t feel alone.
And thank you for all the well wishes and kind DMs for this morning ❤️