Sometimes, I’ll just be home, or driving, and get gripped out of the blue with an anxiety that makes me breathe shallow and look for some way to soothe. Sometimes my chest hurts. Sometimes I feel like I might cry. Sometimes I feel like I need to run and run.
I used to just react with anything I thought would make me feel better. Maybe eating. Maybe using other distraction techniques, like working too much, or surfing the web or watching TV. Maybe I'd just be unpleasant to the people around me. I knew that breathing and mindfulness would be a better long term approach. But in the middle if it, I couldn't access that skill set.
What has helped most is developing reliable strategies to manage the feelings and not resist, react or deny that the feeling exists.
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