According to my doctor, I have been experiencing anxiety attacks.
You know what my response to that was?
Oh good, something else to worry about.
I went in because I’ve been experiencing some shortness of breath accompanied by a feeling like my heart is racing. It comes and goes and I don’t faint or anything and the feeling passes in about ten minutes; I thought she was going to say I have high blood pressure (which I do) and I need something to bring it down. But she said I need to “try to relax” and if this gets any worse, I might need medication. Like, anxiety medication. And that’s when my anxiety started to go up again.
When I got home I did some research about controlling anxiety without medication, and I got a bunch of unhelpful suggestions, like “exercise,” “nurture your soul,” “let go of the little things,” etc. Obviously, if those types of things were do-able for me, I’d be doing them and I wouldn’t have anxiety. So, that was a bust.
But seriously, I guess I need a new life plan. The doctor asked me if I’ve been worrying about anything lately, and ten different things immediately jumped to my mind. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do to about this, but I need to figure something out.
Has anyone ever experienced this before? If so, what did you do about it? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!