Tinasaur wrote:I can't cope with my everyday life at this point and I'm making bad decisions trying to escape the pain and anxiety.
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Was just talking to someone earlier about coping strategies and remembered I've learned a few that can help with anxiety. Best thing about both of these is you can do them almost anywhere even if people are around you without it making it obvious that you are doing something out of the ordinary.
One is a "grounding exercise" you can do when you feel a panic attack coming on or during one. Start naming objects around you (can be just silently thinking the names), "table, chair, laptop, wall, cupboard, mirror...etc." Keep naming them until you feel calmer or until the attack has passed. It works best if you yourself a position which feels physically stable (not moving preferably though it will work in a car). The purpose of this is to get your mind to focus outside of yourself instead of what's happening inside you and the anxious feeling. Focusing too much on the anxious feeling tends to only make things feel worse, therefore anything you can do to bring that focus outside of yourself will help.
There's also a pressure point thing someone taught me for things like test anxiety but it can work with probably any sort of anxiety as long as you have hands and a means of pinching...This is to pinch the fleshy bit by the web that is between your thumb and index finger, and hold it until you start feeling a sense of calm. It supposed to stimulate your body's chemistry for both pain relief and sensations of calmness. As to weather or not this is true or just a placebo sort of thing I'm no doctor to confirm but it has helped me when I've done it.
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