I went to the gym with my Grandma today. (We try to go every week. She’s 85.)
After the workout we went to buy groceries. And I felt panicky.
Because of exercising my heart rate was faster and adrenaline was pumping. Things that happen during a panic attack.
That’s why working out is a trigger for me sometimes. (It’s so irritating because exercising is actually good for the anxiety.)
So I felt really anxious at the store: I was walking restlessly and it was hard to concentrate. (My Grandma has mucular degeneration which means her eye sight is very poor. That’s why we go together so I can help.) I helped her choose apples all the while thinking if I would have to leave.
I tried not to let my anxious mind consume me. I breathed. I changed my thinking from “What if I have to run out What if I have a panic attack What if I faint?!” To “If I need to I can go outside and have a breath of fresh air and then come back.”
That did the trick. I was able to keep my thought prosess calm and realistic. And at the same time giving myself a way out without actually running away from the anxiety.
I didn’t have a panic attack. The anxiety went away and I was able to complete shopping.