Hey AIC, the only other thing that I can think of that might help, may not be any help at all, in which case please feel free to ignore me;)
I realized with my health anxiety, and anxiety of things that felt out of my control, that it was all indeed, control-centered. I am uneasy about
most things that I can't directly affect by my own will. For instance, I can do a ropes course 100 ft up in the trees. I can walk the shaking ladders, tight ropes, and switch carabiner connections like a champion...but the free-fall zip line? Uh-uh, no-no! Nearly lost all bodily functions on that part, because I had absoluetly no control at that point.
There came a part of my recovery that I discovered that I needed to get over this issue to some degree, if I was to get better. I started to repeat to myself things like "What if I become sick, faint, whatever? I can't change anything by worrying or not worrying about
I also used this when I was flying. I repeated the mantra "I can't control anything but my own thinking, and I am going to choose to let go of this worry." I realized that whatever was going to happen was going to happen whether I was stressing about
it or not...so I choose not! It was strangely freeing. Was I still nervous with the pit of my stomach sensation upon take off and landing? Sure, I mean I was still in a plane after all, but it was manageable.
This may, like I said, make you feel better, or worse...I hope better, but I know this way of thinking is not going to work for everyone, so do with it what you will:)
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 8/19/2011 9:30:24 PM (GMT-6)