06-27-2013, 05:34 AM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Re: Helping Others - Recovery
I've had the same thoughts too! With helping people.
I've been suffering from social anxiety for a few years now. I went to counselling, which helped. And these sessions where they taught me how to breathe properly, fix my posture, sleep in a better position etc..
So for when I used to get panic attacks often when I went into crowded areas, I used to go in to malls and stuff with my boyfriend who used to coach me through it. We'd walk from one side to the other, and I would think positively. Especially since I struggled a lot with paranoia, I had to keep reminding myself that there were not people following me. It was actually quite tough haha. I also chatted to a girl who suffered from panic attacks on a daily basis, and she told me that a method she used to cope was to tell herself that she would not have a panic attack today, it would happen tomorrow. Everyday, so she was basically putting it off. But she's a lot better for it now, so that's quite a good technique I think.
I think positive reaffirmation is good too, and rewarding yourself. Like, if you get through a day, reward yourself for it- think positive, write positively, stuff like that..