All posts tagged: panic attack

Ask What You Want Wednesday | Holidays With the Family

I’m spending Thanksgiving with my girlfriend’s family for the first time…HELP! This is very exciting; for starters remind yourself that this is a great thing. It means your relationship is moving forward in a positive way. It means you will get a better glimpse into the world that helped shape your partner. But it also means your anxiety will probably be working in overdrive. Like I’ve advised before, I’ll remind you to fake it ’til you make it. This doesn’t mean you should be phony. Don’t become someone you’re not. Just become the best version of yourself you know you’re capable of being. Your girlfriend obviously cares about you and sees good in you, so make sure the family sees this too! So even if you want to curl up in a ball in the bathroom, or run screaming when you have to meet 5 uncles and 20 cousins, push yourself to smile. To shake hands. To say “it’s nice to meet you.” You can do it. If you start to feel anxious or fidgety, …

A panic attack while on a date can feel like being locked inside

What to Do if You Have a Panic Attack During a Date

I count myself as fortunate. I’ve only experienced an anxiety attack 3 or 4 times in my life. They were not fun, though, and I feel for you if they are something you struggle with on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean I haven’t had plenty of almost-attacks. Oh, yes, I know the almost-attack very very well. It usually comes in the form of being-convinced-I’m-about-to-vomit (this is a lingering side effect of having Emetophobia for many years of my adolescence). While I’ve never had a full-blown anxiety attack while on a date, I can imagine what it would be like. And I definitely had one before a date once. While the advice I will give is maybe not perfect for you, I hope it will help if even a little bit. Here’s what I want to tell you: you are never stuck. You have options. Just because you walk into that coffee shop, that party, that movie, that park, doesn’t mean you have to stay there. So much of panic/anxiety attacks come from the buildup of …