I am an (almost) 33 year old mother of three. I have been an alcoholic for almost 12 years and have tried to quite a plethora of times. I am currently on day 3 now and have been reading the Mrs D. blog. It has been helping so much and nice to be able to relate to something. As much of what she talks about is me. Except......(EEK!) I was up to 14 bottles of wine a week.
Friday morning and I work up feeling awful and in the midst of a panic attack. Still had to get ready for work and everything went wrong. Work isn’t going so great either and I am still struggling to breath and feeling super dizzy. Nothing besides everyday life stresses is really going on. I am always having struggles with my daughter who deals with Bipolar disorder but nothing out of the ordinary has happened. So I don’t really know what is going on with me. I have no idea where I am going with this post I just needed to get this out Hoping I feel better son. Anxiety has been my number one trigger so it always scares me.
Hi @kjpeche! That’s a lot to deal with, I hope you’re feeling a bit better now. I am a lifelong struggler w anxiety. I find the usual tips help – meditation and sobriety. And I came across a line in a blog recently about making anxiety your friend. As in, what does it have to teach me? Hugs to you.
i am finally believing that the alcohol REALLY makes the anxiety worse- that thought has helped me avoid it- when I am stressed I do NOT want to pile on with more anxiety inducing poison. Hold Steady my friend! xoxo
Sounds like a full plate. We all know alcohol causes anxiety so it’s good to be off the booze. Eating nutritious food and staying hydrated with some deep breathing and a couple of brisk walks will help a lot. Breathing in through the nose. Hold. Take as much air as possible. Hold it as long as possible. Then slowly exhale out of the mouth. This actually calms the sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight response i.e. anxiety). I used to smoke 2 packs a day. I do breathing exercises when I walk the dog. I can hold my breath for 30 seconds now. It really helps.
Sorry to hear you are struggling with anxiety. It is good you are not drinking alcohol. Have you seen your GP and talked about the help available. Medication may help along with exercise rest and support. Counselling helped me to deal with the reasons I was drinking and to learn self compassion. Take care.