The roller coaster of emotions that come with my social anxiety has not always been easy to deal with. I am slowly working to get this under control.
You can find Part one of this two-part series here: A Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions – Part One
How The Bipolar Writer Deals With Social Anxiety
I was recently asked about how I deal with the roller coaster of emotions that come with my diagnosis of Bipolar One and with my social anxiety. This blog post came out a fellow blogger wanting to know more about how I deal with the social anxiety roller coaster. It is never easy to write about my social anxiety because it is always evolving.
I recently talked with my therapist about one of the causes of my social anxiety– my insomnia. We made the decision together for me to start working on my issues with sleep (sleep apnea) with the hopes that when I get my sleep under control so that we can work on my social anxiety. I will be seeing my sleep doctor in the coming weeks.
I still have some ways that have helped me deal with the emotional roller coaster that comes with my social anxiety. Today I will share preventative measures, things that help me deal with the emotions of anxiety at the moment, and what works to deal with panic attacks.
It is always good to have plans in motion that focus on preventing the two things that can send you on social anxiety filled emotional roller coaster– increased anxiety and panic attacks. My preventative measures focus on the things that make me centered like meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy. When I have more control over my social anxiety, it is because I am working on my mindfulness breathing throughout my day.
I have found a love/hate relationship with meditation. I have seen how useful meditation is, but at the same time, it can be hard to stay focused outside my social anxiety for the shortest period of times, but it has its place.
I also have things that I do before leaving my house that help me go about my days. I have found it useful to always have water with me, my Ativan, and to have my inhaler with me. Preventative measures are different for each of us, I say find what works to keep your anxiety under control.
How to Deal in the Moment & Panic Attacks
Social anxiety can be a roller coaster of a ride primarily in the moment of increased anxiety and the dreaded panic attacks. It is harder to say that it will be alright in the moment of a panic attack. It can be the worst. You lose yourself in the moment and control of body, mind, and in some ways your sanity. My best advice is to have a safety plan in place. People you trust, the medications that help deal with anxiety, and anything else that can help.
When it comes to the emotional roller coaster, don’t believe what your mind is telling you during a panic attack. It is impossible the experts say to die from a panic attack, and though it may feel like a heart attack, it is not one. You will eventually find your breath again, and it is possible to pass out from hyperventilating– so breathe and keep trying to get yourself under control.
There are many things people think about during a panic attack. My recommendation with social anxiety is to find yourself in a CBT program. It has helped me a lot with getting myself under control.
I hope this post is helpful. I am not as well versed in getting my social anxiety under control because I am still working through CBT and in the future exposure therapy. I will continue to write down my experiences with social anxiety. Stay strong in the struggle.
Always Keep Fighting (AKF)
Please Help me Publish my Memoir
I am almost done editing my memoir “The Bipolar Writer,” and I have decided to go down the self-publishing route. If you can donate anything towards my goal, it would mean the world to me. I am still working towards enough to pay an artist for a good cover. Those that donate will get a special mention in my memoir on a page dedicated to those that made my memoir possible. Thank you in advance!