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,