a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event
or something with an uncertain outcome.
So, I guess I am allowed to have it with thinking about surgery BUT I don't like it.
The symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Racing heart - yup!
- Chest pain, feeling like you're having a heart attack - already had an echocardiogram - all good but still have the symptoms
- Feelings of complete terror, impending doom or death that are paralyzing - not really, unless it counts that I showed Ron where the life insurance policies are and how to get into the bank accounts.
- Feeling sweaty or having chills - do hot flashes count?
- Feeling out of control or like you're going crazy - well, that is kind of normal for me but yes, a little more out of control!
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - oh yeah, no doubt!
- Feeling detached from your surroundings - not so much...although the For Sale sign on the house always does that a bit.
- Experiencing nausea or upset stomach - oh that reminds me to add gravol to my grocery list.
- Having numbness or tingling sensations - especially in my fingers plus my hands have swollen so that I can't wear my rings.
- Feeling like you're choking - that's for sure!
So if I can google the symptoms I can google how to help anxiety.
Try these when you're feeling anxious or stressed:
- Take a time-out. -That's what days off are all about!
- Eat well-balanced meals. - My fitnesspal app helps me with this one.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine. - No alcohol BUT going without tea would cause me more stress!
- Get enough sleep. - Oh, I try but my fitbit keeps telling me that I am not sleeping deeply and Ron tells me in the morning that my tossing and turning is causing him not to either.
- Exercise daily - Not a problem! I need to keep my fitbit happy!
- Take deep breaths. - Doing it right now but the fumes of my oven being cleaned gives me a headache.
- Count to 10 slowly. - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6....10. I guess I need to work on that one.
- Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection...., Hard one. I made a couple of mistakes this week at work and it was hard to let it go!
- Accept that you cannot control everything. - So true but that is a hard one! This is usually when the tears come.
- Welcome humor. - My son has been providing me with this by sending photos of Bentley who is currently in remission from his cancer!
- Maintain a positive attitude. - Oh, I am trying. We are looking ahead and have booked our 35th Anniversary trip on Vancouver Island....6 nights on the ocean!
- Get involved. - Being busy at work helps plus having the days off with Ron and going on our little adventures is very positive.
- Learn what triggers your anxiety. - Oh, I know exactly what the trigger is ....March 28th when they will put me to sleep and a knife will go across my neck. I will wake up a few hours later to a loving husband, my sweet daughter is who coming to help with things and a son who always been there for me. We will then wait for a few weeks to hear about the success of the surgery and if it was indeed cancer.
- Talk to someone. - I'm doing that. I called my grandchildren. I got to hear about Emma losing her tooth and how she is cleaning her room so the tooth fairy can come tonight.
I know that I am going to make it through....I am working to try to not let the anxiety overwhelm me. One lady at work told me that I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I'm allowed to be concerned. Being told not to worry can cause more anxiety. As I pause to think about what I want to type I notice that I am wringing my hands. It's just there!
But now....I'm going to get moving for the day. I want to
get the house cleaned,
the laundry done,
ironing caught up,
banking looked after,
some college work done,
the oven cleaned,
go for a walk,
maybe watch a movie....