Anonymous asked:
I'm going to bonnaroo for the first time this year and while I'm excited, the idea of that many people, and that many strangers, is really frightening to me. Any tips or ideas to help cope?

Oh! Wow, that’s awesome! I hope you have a ton of fun while youre there! 

Remember, everyone’s there to enjoy themselves! You’ll probably meet a lot of people there who love the same things you do, so it should be very safe and very exciting! If you have to, take a break and go somewhere isolated where you can relax before going back out. Remember to control your breathing if you feel especially anxious, and never be afraid to leave if you feel uncomfortable. Pack snacks and things to chew on or drink if you feel light headed, sometimes you forget to eat for a long time at these events and staying hydrated is important because it is hot out lately.

I hope these are helpful, if anyone else has tips, feel free to send them!

Have a great time!!


clovern:

i had a panic attack today for the first time in like 7 months. I was downtown but now home and resting thanks to a v supportive friend. i’m still in recovery mode but i’m not hyperventilating anymore. ugh four years of this crap although ~~lost the battle but winning the war~~ but ugh. panic attacks will never be fun, always a bummer. image

Anonymous asked:
How and where can you join a group of people suffering from panic, anxiety, and acrophobia?

Well, a good start is blogs and online communities like these! especially if you’re very agoraphobic. Meetup is a community-run website where you can look for meetings/groups specific to a subject. Craigslist is also a good place to look for local groups. You can also see if your local library has any community events. In my case, when I lived in a little town, I started this blog, because there were no resources nearby. Create your own! Ask your library if you can have an allotted time like once a week and then post fliers around your town telling people about the new anxiety group. Best of luck!


pickledginger:

 

cerpaldi:

This is an amazing site for calming down after a panic attack or to get your mind off of anxieties, basically you just make sand art with your mouse. Highly recommend

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Anonymous asked:
What if I have a panic attack on stage or in rehearsal in front of loads of people?

ahhh, a classic “what if”! how timeless. My poor anon, while we can’t predict the future, I can tell you this: I often, well, every time I had to present something/public speak, would ask myself this exact question. BUT, it never happened! no matter how much I worried about this, I still did all of my presentations/performances without peeing myself or ANYTHING. I have faith that you’ll find the same thing.

Of course, I get very, very nervous, but to prevent it from getting too out f hand (having a panic attack), I anchor myself by pinching myself somewhere people wouldn’t notice, like the back of your hand. Just a gentle pinch, to bring your nervous system back to where it is - in the here and now. It helps disrupt the thought pattern that fuels panic attacks and you’ll find that it loosens your tongue as well. Good luck, anon, you’ll be great!!!

-Gina



natalikoromotoart:

Grow/ Let Go.

Grow: explore, learn, evolve, practice, be curious.

Let go: don’t worry so much, heal, take a nap, enjoy the ride.


ejlandsman:

I compiled some personal tactics and crowd sourced DIY remedies for the sads (clinical term) into a mini comic! Enjoy xoxo

Things you shouldn’t be ashamed of

musclemandz:

  • struggling with your mental or physical health
  • going to therapy
  • not knowing what you want to do with your life
  • your weight, height, or anything along those lines
  • your sexual orientation
  • the things that make you unique

hopeinrecovery:

recoveryisbeautiful:

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!

YES OMG YES

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@ class anon - bring something tactile to class with you! something you can hold and feel in your hands that you can focus on. I have used a penny, a crystal, and stress balls, like these, that have little studs that massage your hands:

focusing on what the thing feels like in your hands will bring you back to the present and send signals to your nervous system to simmer down.

-gina

Anonymous asked:
Do you have some tips for when you are doing an anxiety/panic attack while in class ? I dont want to leave the class( and sometimes i cant ) but i keep having them in class and its terrible.

If you can, let your teachers or parents know. Do you have any specific things that trigger these attacks? Like fear of being called on? Tell your teacher, since anxiety attacks are very serious! Try to establish a signal between you and your teacher so you can leave for a bit to feel better, or talk to a councilor: let people know so they can help these attacks stop. Focusing on your breathing, like counting and breathing slowly and controlled. Relax yourself, notice if your shoulders are tensed or your fists are balled and loosen them. 

If these attacks are related to public speaking or being called on, there are workshops and classes to help you get used to these situations. Often, held at a town center or library, they can be cheap or free and the people teaching are often very experienced. Exercising, even less active moves, can help reduce anxiety, as well as making your diet healthier. Breathing exercises work well, also meditation. Definitely tell people though so they can understand and help you, close friends and parents. Not everyone will get it, and that can be immensely frustrating. It’s okay though, there will be other people who are going through the same thing or know someone who has and can and will help you! Good luck! 


Anonymous asked:
I'm feeling much better now. Your advice, along with some music, food, sleep, and my family helped a lot. Thank you. (Bedroom safe again)

Aww, it sounds like you were helped by the lovely London, who answered your ask! I agree with her, and I’m so glad you’re feeling better, and now you can start enjoying how much better your daily life will be without the toxic presence of that person. You wonderful, brave being!! keep taking good care of yourself and surround yourself with loving, good people and things will only get better. And if you ever feel like you need more help, we’re here!! <33

-Gina


Anonymous asked:
I have bipolar disorder and my anxiety never ever stops. I don't know what to do, I'm always shaking my leg or biting/picking at my lips, and it's gotten so bad that i have a long term breathing problem caused by anxiety (which gets even worse when i'm really anxious). I have panic attacks a lot lately. I'm constantly stressed out and it feels like i can never escape it, I have no idea at all what to do anymore.

hey anon. it sounds like you’ve already been diagnosed by a medical professional for your bipolar, correct? if you have a psychiatrist, i recommend asking them about medicines aimed at anxiety. When I was in the hospital, they put everyone on Seroquel, which is sort of a blanket tranquilizer. It was easy to come off of for me, so if you don’t like it I don’t think it’s awful to quit. Otherwise, ask them or find out about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. it’s super effective at reversing the things you do when you’re anxious - in your case, your breathing, shaking, etc.

I have health issues because of my anxiety, too. i have a problem with my inner ear pressure that gets aggravated by it and it’s obnoxious and awful. I know it’s hard, but I believe with just a bit more work you can wrangle it!! in the mean time, read up on CBT and check out the resources posted here that can help you control your body while you’re anxious.

everything WILL be OK,

gina


Anonymous asked:
I just got rid of someone really negative in my life, but now I'm alone and scared and I don't know what to do with myself. I've been crying all day and in a state of panic, and now that I'm breathing again I'm really on edge and paranoid and I am not sure what to do. My bedroom doesn't feel safe. Even though I know what each sound is, they're scaring me and I keep jumping at everything.

You did the right thing by getting rid of them. You’ve taken then first step, good job!

Depending on how toxic the person was, it can be really hard to feel safe again. Try relaxing things to make yourself feel safer: deep breathing, watching comforting videos or listening to your favourite songs. Fruit is rich in vitamins that can help you feel better too. If your bedroom doesn’t feel safe, find another safe place. Personally speaking, when my room doesn’t feel safe, I go to a friend’s house or a coffee shop (it’s very peaceful and smells calming). Find someone who you can talk to about this, wether it’s family, a friend, or a councilor: they will be attentive when they see you’re hurting! Remember that you did the best thing for yourself, things can only get more positive! 



voyagehour:

i’ve been feeling rly sluggish and a little down, so just to motivate myself and remind myself