Archive | March 2016

Dealing with Panic or Anxiety

Since a lot of us suffer from panic/anxiety, I thought I would share a few things that I have found helpful when going some place new or just being out of the house.

  • go early – this gives you a chance to centre yourself, so you don’t feel so rushed
  • find a seat that gives you a view of the room – this way you have something at your back, you can easily see the exits and the washroom.
  • take a book or craft with you – it gives you something to focus on rather then the fact you are just sitting there
  • take a go bag – a go bag is a bag that contends items that you may need in the event of an emergency.
    • a over night self care kit – soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc
    • first aid kit – band-aids, first add cream, after bug bite, burn spray, tweezers, eye drops, nasal spray, gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, scissors,  pressure band-aid, gloves, q-tips, pain / headache pills, back pills, etc
    • sewing kit – needles, thread, buttons, shoe laces, safety pins, cording, etc
    • change of clothes – socks, under garments, shirt, pants, shoes
    • extra pair of glasses if worn, eye glass repair kit
    • flashlight
    • small towels
    • snacks & drinks
    • candle & matches in a water proof container
    • book, craft – anything to keep you busy
    • toilet paper with centre removed in a plastic resealable bag
    • photocopies of your legal papers /birth certificate
    • small phone book with all of your contact numbers listed
    • a small change purse with both coins and bills
    • rain poncho
    • green garbage bag
  • take a friend
  • breath deeply
  • bring music – ipod
  • do leg exercises – this works if you are at table or desk – leg raises, calf raises.  Just tighten muscles & hold to the count of 10 and release if people can see your legs.