My struggle with anxiety was something I thought I had under control, or at least I had learned to understand and deal with. It had fallen in to a pattern of sorts, so I knew what to expect and eventually how to cope with it. For some unknown reason however, it has decided to up its hold on me over the last week, with a horrible increase in physical symptoms. It’s not all the time, but when it hits I really know about it.

My main symptoms are:

  • racing heart
  • fluttering feeling in my stomach (more intense than butterflies)
  • nausea
  • shaking
  • extreme tiredness
  • urge to cry
  • overwhelming desire to run away

If you saw me when I’m having an attack you probably wouldn’t be able to tell. I’m pretty good at hiding it. I think the only obvious sign that something isn’t quite right is that I become very quiet. Anyone who knows me will tell you I talk, a lot!

My coping mechanisms:

  • focus on regulating my breathing
  • sit if I can and stay still
  • tell someone I trust what is happening
  • wait for it to settle

Not exactly scientific or mind blowing, but I think you have to find what works for you.

If I could get one message across to people reading this it would be: never assume someone is OK. You have no idea what they are dealing with. Be kind, always.

If you are suffering with anxiety then please know you are not alone. It is much more common than you think. It is also not a sign of weakness.

It will get better.

Published by Clare Campion