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Counter Measures for Anxiety

Posted by daisym on December 5, 2004, at 22:49:03

I don't think I actually got anxious until AFTER I started therapy -- or maybe I didn't recognize it for what it was. I'm not nervous. But the anxiety presents itself almost suddenly, and I feel the pressure in my chest and the storm clouds gather.

Today I was doing all the typical Sunday things to get ready for a pretty hectic week when I realized that I was really anxious. I actually had several bad hours where I thought, "I can't do this. I can't get it all done, it is impossible. I should just resign and let someone else try to keep up with my job." Which led me to the total "I'm failing everywhere and letting everyone down" set of thoughts. And worse.

Nothing I tried to calm myself down was working. I felt like I was holding onto myself really tightly so I didn't either explode or melt, I'm not sure which. I sort of lost the afternoon but I'm back in control tonight.

What do you do when you get anxious? What helps stop these dark thoughts? I think I need a battle plan for next time!





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