I’m excited to join in on Beckie from Beckie’s Mental Mess “Working On Us” prompts! Unfortunately, I had several articles last week, so I missed out on prompt #3. And I’m late on posting this week.
This week, I picked the first prompt but I wanted to use the photo from the photo prompt as my photo because, for me, it represents that there’s always hope.
Anyway, check out Beckie’s page and join in on the fun!
Here are a few coping statements, do you agree or disagree? Even if your answer is yes or no, pleasure explain:
This situation of sitting on a fully packed train either makes you feel uncomfortable or unpleasant, but can I accept it?
Honestly, it depends on the day. Some days, particularly the past few years, my throat would be in my stomach. I’d have to remind myself to breathe.
I’ve never ridden a train but I’ve ridden on the bus system in Des Moines. I would put my headphones on and keep to myself.
There are some crazies that ride the bus and I’ve unfortunately encountered all types. I’ve been sexually harassed and even preached at on the bus. This is why I learned to always have my headphones on and my eyes down.
I can accept it and I just find my own ways to cope with my social anxiety.
If I’m hypomanic or even having an awesome day, the complete opposite. I’m daring. I smile at everyone and even start conversations with complete strangers.
Can I ride out the wave of anxiety, or do I feel like I need professional help now?
In most cases, I can ride out the anxiety as long as I have my coping techniques nearby.
I’ve never had to go to the ER for a panic or anxiety attack. Most of my life, my social anxiety was moderate but it’s gotten worse the past few years.
So, I’m temporarily on a medication (Buspirone) for anxiety. It definitely lowers my anxiety enough to leave my house when I’ve barely left the past year and a half.
Do you practice coping skills? If so, what works best for you?
I do have coping skills that help me immensely. I use music and my headphones to drown out all the noises and conversations that overwhelm me.
I also take deep breathes. I hold and then exhale slowly. It helps calm my heart when it feels like it’s going to beat out of my chest.
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