Anxiety is something that is floating around a lot right now and rightfully so. It’s incredibly normal to feel worried and feel anxious.
But how about when you have anxiety? When you’re pretty used to your brain freaking out. I’ve lived with anxiety for a really long time now and have found ways in the normal way of life to cope with it but those aren’t quite working right now. So I thought I’d put down a few of the ways that I, and other people I know are feeling right now.
You Don’t Want To Sound Dramatic, But You’re Absolutely Terrified
Usually, any kind of anxiety or panic spiral that leads to catastrophising can be challenged with reason but when you look around and see other people who don’t have anxiety disorders getting worked up it sounds alarm bells.
So it makes sense that your brain is on high alert and EVERYTHING feels like its on fire while you’re standing in the middle watching.
Panic Attacks Feel A Lot More Scary
Last week I had one of the worst panic attacks I’ve had in a long, long time. I was petrified that something was seriously wrong. Part of a panic attack for me includes a tight chest, trouble breathing and chest pain. Sound familiar? Exactly.
Thankfully, I had Ali to help me with this one because it wasn’t going away on its own. In the moment logic went out of the window and it just overtook my brain. Afterwards I was completely exhausted mentally and physically.
Regular Symptoms Are Harder To Deal With
It’s kind of mentioned above but a lot of the symptoms of anxiety are similar to that of the virus. So your chest feels tight, then you worry, then you get anxious, then your chest gets more tight and so it carries on.
You’re Not Quite Sure How To Manage Without A Lot Of Your Coping Strategies
I spent years working on strategies to help me when I was feeling anxious, one of the easiest was going for a cup of tea and a hug with my Mum, which is out of the window. Borrowing a dog for a walk and play? Nope. Meeting a friend to get out of my own head and space? Also no.
You Feel Alone
I completely get this because it’s easy to feel alone in all this. BUT I can promise you that you’re not.
You’re really, really not.