OT - Mental Health Monday
Well, it's Monday. Life continues to be crazy.
Yesterday, DH got up at 0430 to go fishing. After he left, I went back to bed for a couple of hours. Got up a little after 7am, poured myself a cuppa, and made the the mistake of sitting down to read the news. And reading. And Reading. And READING...
Before I knew it, it was almost noon. My coffee was ice cold, my stomach was in knots, I had a headache, and the right side of my jaw was a fiery ball of pain. Obviously, my anxiety level was at Defcon 2. Yikes!
The jaw pain? I didn't realize I'd been jutting out my jaw and clenching my teeth. The pain was awful and felt like I'd tried to bite through a golf ball-sized jawbreaker and had sprained it. Ow!!!
When anxiety rears its head, your body responds. But not always in ways you'd expect. Some things I knew; others I did not...
- Heart racing
- Lack of focus
- No energy
- Upset stomach
- Erratic decisions
- Lack of appetite
- Muscle tension
- Digestive issues
- Increased urinating
- Feeling too hot or too cold
- Chest pain
So, yeah, I was a big ol' ball of anxiety and pushing myself towards a panic attack. Yippee.
LISTEN to your body and take care of yourself! If you're feeling overwhelmed and suicidal? TALK TO SOMEONE!!!
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