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Topic: Anxiety

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. Amy_b
    Amy_b avatar
    1 posts
    1 June 2021

    I’ve been getting social anxiety lately and I feel so alone

    I also feel really anxious and have panic attacks

    I’m just not sure what to do

  2. Sophie_M
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    5944 posts
    2 June 2021 in reply to Amy_b
    Wishing you a warm welcome to the forums Amy_b. We're so sorry to hear that you've been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks lately, but please know that we think you are so strong and brave for reaching out here. We understand how isolating and lonely it can feel to struggle with anxiety, but please know that many others reading here will be able to relate, and really do understand how difficult this can be to cope with on your own. But we hope that you can find some comfort in feeling less alone through this, and our community are here to offer as much support, advice and conversation as you need to help you through this.

    Another helpful step might be to reach out to kind and caring counsellors at Kids Help Line, who offer anonymous telephone and online counselling specifically for young people aged 25 and under. You can contact them anytime on 1800 55 1800, or also through their webchat if you'd feel more comfortable chatting about these thoughts and feelings online: https://kidshelpline.com.au/get-help/webchat-counselling We’d also welcome you to reach out to our Support Service, which is available 24/7 by phone on 1300 22 4636 or on Webchat 1pm-12am AEST on our website: www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport

    We're all here for you Amy- you never have to go through this on your own.
  3. PamelaR
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    2 June 2021 in reply to Amy_b

    Hi Amy_b

    Welcome to our forums. It's great you have made the step of reaching out here. Many find that initial step very difficult, so you are doing great.

    As Sophie M has indicated there are many of us here who have anxiety and at times struggled with it. Sophie has also given you some great places to reach out to.

    You sound quite young, in comparison I'm at the other end of the age gauge.

    Being here has helped me a lot over time. The things I've learnt are - how I'm not alone, how welcoming everyone is, useful tips about managing and coping with anxiety, what works for some and what doesn't work for others.

    It was many decades before I was diagnosed with anxiety. What a relief to know that the oddity of my life was not that there was anything wrong with me, it was all to do with how my body was wired and how it responded to certain situations. Wow - did that explain a lot. Why I wanted - to cancel on social outings, run out of packed rooms, not get out of bed in the morning, drink alcohol to dull my emotions and feelings, I perspired for no good reason. These things still happen, but it's no longer frightening and I'm able to reduce all these sensations by using controlled breathing, by acknowledging what's happening, by accepting what's happening. That being anxiety is okay - that there's no reason to be frightened of anxiety. Being frightened of it only makes my anxiety worse. It's taken me years to get to this point and there are days that my management techniques don't work, but these days are infrequent now.

    You are young and have your life ahead of you. Living with anxiety is achievable. I worked for 50 years, studied at uni part time while working full time, travelled to beautiful places, am married with a wonderful husband (of almost 40 years)) The road has been rocky but it's been fun, interesting and full of joy. On reflection I think anxiety has motivated me to do things.

    Hope some of this helps you Amy_b

  4. Giulia2021
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    3 posts
    2 June 2021 in reply to Amy_b

    Hi Amy,

    I can definitely relate to your feelings. I have two great resources that have helped me so much during anxiety. The first is a book called The Wisdom Of Anxiety by Sheryl Paul. It's a really great read and has helped me heaps.

    The second strategy that has helped me is breathwork. I've done some research into the body and learned just how much anxiety can stem from how we feel in our bodies. Usually, with anxiety, we're in flight mode. A great way to calm this and send a message to our body that we are safe is through breathing. Deep belly breathes. Try breathing in for 4 and 8 out for 8 or breath in for 3 and out for 6. Whatever works for you. The out-breath should be twice the time of your inbreathe as this is when the signal is sent to your body that it is safe. This is a really great YouTube video by the holistic psychologist on anxiety.

    I hope this helps!

    Giulia :-)

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