Visiting my friend in Bath.. drove all the way on my own. as soon as I got past Bristol I just realised – I’ve never been here before! All of the catastrophic thoughts popped up – I will get lost, I can’t drive, I can’t cope, what if I crash? what if there is a traffic jam? led to I can’t breathe, I’m too hot, I’m going to have a heart attack.
Driving home from my parents, I pull up to the roundabout joining the motorway and there is a long line of traffic stopped for about a mile. My chest went tight, I felt sick, I was so hot but cold at the same time, I was shaking and I couldn’t breathe, my heart was going ten to the dozen and adrenaline was burning its way through my body waking up the butterflies in my stomach.
So how did I calm down? – a mixture of CBT and Mindfulness.
This is what I did, I used this CBT technique of drawing a vicious circle.
Somewhere in this viscous cycle I needed to stop the anxiety from getting out of control.
Mindfulness techniques I used included
- breathing techniques
- staying present
I hope you find this helpful
Love Louise x