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.
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.
Understanding the guilt and shame elicited by my acute panic and anxiety, both when it occurred and months later during therapy, is helping me heal.
As positive affirmations are said with forethought, they may seem forced. Coupled with therapy, adaptive thoughts soon emerge to help reframe distressing events.