Working On Us Prompt #3

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!

Prompt #2

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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27 thoughts on “Working On Us Prompt #3”

  1. Hi, Casey! As I read this, I was actually holding my breath when you spoke of what has happened to you on the bus… OMG! I would have been horrified. I understand that drowning out sound is one of your coping mechanisms, but aren’t you ever afraid if you didn’t hear something threatening? I know for me, I don’t even listen to the radio in the car most of the time, that’s in case I don’t hear sirens or a horn beeping.
    I want to sincerely thank you, for joining “Working on Us” Week#3. I know you have a lot of projects in the works, but I certainly appreciate you sharing with us how you deal with anxiety.
    I hope you get a chance again for this upcoming week “Working on Us” – Great new prompts!
    God Bless You, Sweetie!!!

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      1. You sound like me, minus I can’t stand my hometown now. It’s not like it was when I was a kid. It’s so overly conjested, and filthy.
        Actually, I really can’t stand living in New Jersey at all.
        I’m hoping that in the next couple of years, we’re moving to North Carolina.

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      2. I hope you’re not referring to the show “Jersey Shore” – that is so not what the NJ Shore is like. Not even close. The NJ shore is really beautiful. At least most of it is. LOL!
        And, for me… Iowa sounds perfect for me. I like my peace and quiet. Actually, when my roommate and I ever move down to NC, I’m really looking forward to less conjestion of people.

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      3. That would be my ideal spot to live if ever there was the possibility. Colorado or Oregon. I absolutely adore Colorado!!!
        Yeah, that show was a joke. All the people were from Staten Island, and they put NJ is a bad light. No way, no how is the Jersey Shore like that in any way! Thank God!!!

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      4. Colorado is gorgeous. We went there 2 years back for vaca. And when I was like 11. I love the mountains, I love the air. It makes my mom’s asthma worse though. Plus, marijuana is legal & it’s the best thing for my pain!

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