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Please help calm me down

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EllaMenoPea Mon 22-Jun-15 22:15:47

Please help. I started a new job today and felt sick and panicky all day I had to leave an induction meeting because my heart was beating so fast and I was beginning to not breathe slowly enough. Since then my heart just won't calm down and I feel sick at the thought of going tomorrow and having a panic attack in front of all my new colleagues. The thing is I like this job and everyone seems great I just can't calm down and I can't phone in sick on my second day. Please help.

holeinmyheart Mon 22-Jun-15 23:48:17

Go to your GP at once and get Beta blockers to calm you down without making you drowsy. Then enrol on a Mindfulness course through your Go with some urgency. This level of panic is awful for you.

For now, until you can get help , do this.

Sit comfortably in a darkened quiet room. Close your eyes and Repeat over and over again, ' I am breathing in, I am breathing out. Do it as you are saying it to yourself.
Now what will happen is your mind will wander. As soon as you realise that you have wandered from saying ' I am breathing in ' etc, stop and get back to saying I am breathing in' I am breathing out' do it for half an hour. It will be a struggle between you and your mind but stick at it. It will calm you down.
You might also try downloading and listening to a Mindful ' body scan'
Just type ' Mindful' in Google

Your mind is controlling your body, which is fine unless it is making you miserable.
You are actually making yourself panic by thinking about panicking.
You will die if you worry, and you will die if you don't worry. There is no actual use in worrying. Xx

EllaMenoPea Tue 23-Jun-15 05:48:07

Managed to sleep but as soon as I woke up my heart was racing. Think I can't go in which is going to make me feel more awful. I had such a handle on my anxiety, why has it come back so bad.

AwfulBeryl Tue 23-Jun-15 06:19:59

Because this is new and scary, I know how you feel. It is horrible.Anxiety is a fucker, it really is.
Mindfulness meditation helped me a bit, it helped me to help myself get a hold on things iyswim.
I found having a shower helpful, it distracted me and helped with the spiraling thoughts.
Good luck

EllaMenoPea Tue 23-Jun-15 06:34:13

Thank you. Just waiting for GP to open. Just more panic about being sacked or how I'll never feel calm enough to work. Shit shit anxiety.

TheRealNightsWatch Tue 23-Jun-15 06:38:31

Sorry you're feeling like this. flowers

The stress of the new job has just sent your anxiety up a notch and you need to get back to your GP and get some beta blockers and get a handle on it. Were work supportive?

It's absolutely awful and very scary feeling like that. It's that self fulfilling prophecy, you know you're feeling anxious and then start worrying more and more about having a panic attack that it makes you have one.

Hope you get it sorted, I've just got control of my anxiety and depression on propanolol and citalopram and I feel like a new person. I didn't realise how horrific I felt until I felt better.

EllaMenoPea Tue 23-Jun-15 06:40:39

They haven't replied yet, I mean it's my second day I just hope they don't sack me. Thank you for your lovely message. I know I just need a beta-blocker to stop my heart going so fast then I can deal with everything after.

EllaMenoPea Tue 23-Jun-15 09:55:40

Got some beta blockers and have calmed down quite a lot. Thanks all, that was awful!

TheRealNightsWatch Tue 23-Jun-15 12:13:08

I initially started on beta blockers but then slowly realised I still wasn't feeling happy or myself so started on citalopram and then a few weeks later I ended up back on the beta blockers along side the citalopram and I have felt genuinely amazing since then.

Just to give you some hope that it will get better. Don't be afraid to go back if you aren't feeling totally better.

Maybe have a chat in person or on the phone to your new boss. Take care x

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