Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/12/2008 7:53:45 AM (GMT-7)
I try to stay in the moment and let go of the anxiety.........deep breath and concentrate on what your doing. I am sorry you had a bad day. ((((((((HUGS)))))))))))
Please don't beat yourself up on this one. I think you made a decision based on maturity and self awareness. When we panic we get into "fight or flight" mode. better you removed yourself from the situation than went postal in the dairy section!
It's very common to freak out in supermarkets...they're sooo big! I try and go early in the morning and just expect morons to block my way so when they do it's no big surprise. I try and make a game of counting how many people get in my way and it takes my mind off the fact that me and the shopping trolley are rattling like a crazy rollercoaster.
As Lyn said, focus on all you HAVE done, not percieved stuff-ups!
Go ahead and vent away any time you need to - that's what we are here for, to help you during the tough times.
I purposely don't go to supermarkets because they are so large, crowded and there always seems to be screaming kids - which I can't stand. My kids are waaaay past that stage (teens) and I don't want to listen to other kids screaming or crying. I also have Agoraphobia so it's difficult in the first place for me to even leave my home. Although I did have to go to the pharmacy (which happens to be in a supermarket) to pick up some paperwork because they wouldn't let my husband pick it up. I was panicky and the anxiety was really high. When we got there, my husband asked me if I wanted him to go in with me and I said yes because I really didn't want to go in by myself even though I was in there for all of 5 minutes.
So you can see that you aren't the only one who has a difficult time with large places like supermarkets. As Kitt and Lyn have said try to stay in the moment and do some deep breathing while in a tough situation.
Keep posting to let us know how you are doing.
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