Making mistakes has always given me anxiety. Learning where this fear of making mistakes comes from has helped build resilience and acceptance of myself.
Last summer I suffered weeks of traumatizing panic and anxiety. After a year of hard work in trauma therapy, I successfully returned to where the worst of it occurred.
In 2012, I stared at a palmful of pills intent on suicide. Recently, I suffered bouts of disturbing intrusive thoughts. Seeking support saved me.
As I prepare to revisit the place I experienced the worst trauma of my life, I'm proactively taking steps and taking stock of my panic- and anxiety-mitigation toolkit.
Trauma recovery has been hard work. Though I thought I would never be myself again, my persistence and positivity are paying off and I've achieved a significant milestone.
I never had a dog so I was amazed by how intuitive they are, being able to sense our feelings. My dog helped me through mental illness including bouts of depression and anxiety.
I use the physiological sigh as a way to help balance the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in my body which can occur during elevated anxiety and panic.
I grew up in a home where nothing was good enough. If something went wrong, blame was laid. It's no wonder I struggle with trying to be perfect and pleasing others.
Awaiting medical tests and results never bothered me. Recently, my doctor asked for a special cancer test. My anxiety is up, and doomsday thinking is my latest challenge.
Having a hobby helps my anxiety. Doing pottery helps channel my thoughts and energy in a new direction. It gets me out of my head and gives me a renewed sense of accomplishment.