My Partner suggested some lovely excersions for next week end but in my mind I'm always thinking "What if my breathing is bad " or "I don't know how I will be feeling on that day "
My thing is to over prepare to keep my emotions in check. I have backup everythings! Lol I always take twice the oxygen i need, my rescue inhalers, water, cough candies, enough Kleenex to plug a river, and my charged cell phone. I prepare like im going on an 8hr trip even if its just for an hour or two. The extra supplies are at arms reach if i need them and i have peace of mind that i will be just fine. Im tricking my own brain to stay calm and relax. " You got this" i tell myself. And if everyrhing goes south, then back home i go and try another day. Prep keeps my demons at bay. I bring home full tanks and water bottles but usually i find once i get out there it is not near as bad as my brain thought it was gonna be. Stubborness helps me live life as much as im able to. " We cant go back and change how we got here, but we can change how its gonna end!" I love that thought. Breathe on my friends! ;)
I've lived with anxiety for most of my life, so over the years it's become part of who I am as a person. I've also learnt some tricks of the trade.
* Identify what your triggers are.
* Avoid situations that trigger anxiety attacks where possible.
* Have safe zones... places you can go to - where someone you trust is there to help you is best. Perhaps all you need is a tea or coffee and a chat.
* If you're having SOB... rest and rescue breathe... use your inhalers as prescribed. If there's nowhere to sit, the grass works perfectly well. Maybe it'll be a challenge to get up again, but hey you won't fall any further.
Sorry that's all I can think of right now. I hope this is helpful to someone.
It's easy to become paralysed by anxiety. When we give in to copd, it's often to the anxiety. How many times have we worried and worried about a task or am event only to find it wasn't so bad after all?
In UK there's a very good service called "Let's Talk". They offer group courses on various aspects of self help for mental health issues.
I found their course on cognitive behavioural therapy to be very useful at managing day to day anxiety. Like so much regarding our disease, if you make an effort you will be rewarded... ☺ 🍀
Oooh! I get anxious wondering at going to appointments and it does not help at all in fact it makes me sob. Learning to cope with anxiety is a must !
I often fear. I just have to put it in God's hands.