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dogmom

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Hello,
it has been forever since I participated in a forum. The last time I did this it was. Wet helpful talking with people that have similar situations. I first had anxiety/panic attacks several years ago... it’s probably been 8 years. I really don’t know how I beat it the first time, but it is back. I know it started back in June. I know it has a lot to do with being home and afraid of getting sick. on Top of that, I have to wear a heart monitor for 3 weeks and that just adds to the anxiety. It was the same situation the first time I had anxiety and everything was fine. My symptoms start late in the afternoon and go into the night. Last night I woke up with a panic attack. my general doctor put me on medication, But I try not to take anything. I finally took 1/2 of the Lorazepam and that calmed me down. I would rather find other ways beside medication to calm down. It’s going to be a long 3 weeks with this monitor and I know I will be checking my heart rate constantly. It just feels good to be able to write this out. Thanks for listening.
 
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Hi Dognom and welcome to the forum :welcome:

Your anxiety has a cause - fear about getting sick - and this is no small thing. There are more and more people now starting to experience anxiety and panic attacks because of this pandemic.

I suffer from anxiety too. I have managed it through this COVID ordeal by having stringent hygiene and safety routines that make me feel safe. Your home must be a sanctuary where you can relax so make sure you have daily routines that reaffirm in your mind that your environment is not posing any sort of threat to you.

The other thing I have been doing is working hard at relaxation and breathing techniques.

Talking is the best therapy for anything - panic attacks are most often the result of unexpressed fear and emotions so please use this forum to talk through your fear and explore it more.

We are here to support you and listen. We have a COVID specific section with updates and practical information to help you.

I feel exactly the same, Dognom - I have been 'Government shielded' in UK throughout and this ends shortly. It is frightening trying to juggle your physical well being and mental health whilst trying to find ways to re-join society and regain some semblance of normal life.

Sending you love and best wishes and hope you'll use the forum for support and free expression of your fears. x
 
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Apologies for spelling your name wrong twice :redface: My late night typing skills leave a lot to be desired. 🙏
 
dogmom

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Thank you for the reply. I too, try to keep everything sanitized. my go to when I feel a little anxious is to sit out in the backyard to get some sun and watch the dogs play. Unfortunately, we had a huge storm last weekend and now the Texas size mosquitos are out. We love being outside It’s our serenity.
It will definitely look into breathing techniques to help me. And of course, I always have my 2 doggies to help me calm down. 😉
 
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