Victory is mine!! (this time)

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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/14/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and hugs to everyone!  I just wanted to report two positive outcomes of two stressfull situations I had yesterday.  First, I started teaching a new class for the Fall semester.  Normally, I get anxiety symptoms e.g, the dizzies, stomach upset, shaky feelings.  I can still function, but I feel un-well.  Yesterday I stayed concious of my breathing, and focused on relaxing my body.  I also used my mantras (no one else can do this job like me-I am great at what I do, ect..)  I had a great time and the students were really happy with the class!
Then last night my husband and I had some friends come over from out of town.  I had to eventually go to bed (I am NOT a night person) but they continued to visit.  about 2 a.m. they woke me up.  They were sitting outside and being pretty loud (may have had something to do with some libations:P) Well I started into wake-up panic mode as I am prone to do if unexpectedly awakened.  Also I started to stress about the noise and our neighbors!  I felt my heart start to race, and the nausea kick in, but I slowed my breathing, relaxed my muscles and was able to stop the attack.
This may not seem like a huge deal to most people, but for me who is coming from full panic-syndrome-it's huge! (and I know you guys understand that:))
I am still not sure how I would do in a true emergency, trauma-type event.  I'm going to try not to "future-trip" on that and just enjoy the day to day victories.
Thanks for being there everybody, and I hope that this maybe gives encouagement to those who think there is no way out of the A/P cycle.  It's a process-never give-up!!
Blessings to all,
Scaredy Cat

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   Posted 9/14/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Cat, that IS amazing, you should feel proud, it takes a huge amount of energy to resisit, but alot less then hours of attacks. I am really proud of the effort you put in, and you should as well. Wicked, wicked, wicked.

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   Posted 9/14/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you were able to kick Panics butt not once but twice in one day I know how great it feels to be able to accomplish such a thing...keep doing what your doing.


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   Posted 9/14/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Scaredy Cat
You are a winner and get the green light to keep on moving forward.  I am very proud of you !

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   Posted 9/14/2010 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Great job indeed. It's important to recognize our accomplishments and I think we could all benefit from more actively acknowledging our achievements because it's all too easy to get hung up on the setbacks. My attitude as of late has been "any achievement is still an achievement" and that's worth giving myself credit for (no matter how big or small the achievement). I'm glad that you were able to do the same.

Keep up the positive attitude and just think of each of these "events" as opportunities to practice your skills and get stronger. Think back to when your anxiety first started. Did you know what to do? Was the fear of the unknown ("what's happening to me?") kick in? You weren't surprised this time around. You knew what was happening and how to respond. Sounds like great progress to me!
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