To be honest, this never was one of my strengths. Impending change is one of my largest triggers for anxiety - even if the impending change is objectively good. Right now, I am approaching many good changes in my life. I got engaged a few months ago. In addition to planning a wedding, my fiance and I are moving halfway across the country. In a short amount of time, my driver's license will be getting a new state and a new name.
At this point, I am equally terrified and excited. I couldn't be happier to be marrying the person with whom I have shared love, support, and friendship for nearly six years. I think that the move will be a really positive change. Still, I can't help but feel anxious. It is likely that there might be a few panic attacks to come between today and the time that I am settled in my new home.
This blog has been a wonderful source of shared support in the past. Not only have I used it as a venue to share my own advice, but so many entries brought responses that provided me with insight that led to an increase in my own position emotions. Therefore, my plan is to keep blogging through this whole process.
I will do my best to be mindful about what does and does not help to moderate my feelings of anxiety, and I will share whatever I learn. However, I want to take this time to ask YOU, my wonderful readers, to share your own advice.
- What techniques have you used to cope with anxiety related to change?
- How do you make yourself feel better during a panic attack?
- How do you avoid panic attacks when you know that you are about to be exposed to a trigger?
Please share your thoughts in the comments or on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/DowntheCenter. I will share your thoughts in an upcoming entry! Also, if you have blogged about this, please let me know. I would be happy to link to your blog.
Your internet friend,