Looking for some advice, I have struggled with house bound agoraphobia for a while. Although recently I’ve been going around my city in the comfort of my girlfriends car. A lot of stuff has gone on while moving house and in turn has left us with no option but to stay with her dad for a while. The only problem with this is that it is 300 miles away. I feel like I could push myself to get there but I am worried about having a complete breakdown once there. So my question is, does anyone think it is too big a jump to do just now? Or is it dangerous? Thanks for reading I know it’s lengthy
Does anyone else have major issues staying the night at someone else’s place? Even if it’s my boyfriend or my best friend I have a hard time with it, like I just prefer to be home in my own bed. I honestly can’t tell if this is anxiety or preference. Like I’m currently at my boyfriends spending the night but I kinda just wanna go home.
Going for a walk for mental and physical wellbeing. Haven't gone out other than to my mother's house in a while. Trying to use the breathing techniques I've been practising and the grounding techniques I have (sprayed some delightful smelling perfume on my scarf so I can pop my head in at any time 😂) but I'm still terrified. Feels good to get the feelings out of my head.
I'm really trying to focus on healing the causes of my anxiety and agoraphobia in therapy at the moment. The panic attacks are debilitating which has led me to live such an avoidant life where I feel it's so unfulfilling. We discussed how I might need a double approach whereby I focus on healing the trauma etc as well as learning more practical ways to work on exposure type healing. Such a mindfuck to be honest!
I’m scared to leave the house 😞 I never had my safety needs met so maybe I’m enjoying living in a safe place 🤔
I’m scared of people
I’m terrified of meeting people I don’t know and have never met before.
Hey all! It’s been a crazy year and a half since I’ve last posted on here, but I am now better . To those whom have helped me I appreciate you all so much and you all have a special place in my heart . It’s a battle going through the motions and getting better but the more you practice facing your fears the easier it gets . I’m back on here now to help out others and talk about experiences. I was once in your shoes and I’m more than happy to help anyone who asks for it . Please if you ever want to talk about just anything message me .
I’m supposed to be sitting in a class in two days time. Any tips or suggestions for it to be a good experience where I continue making friendships and enjoy the experience?
I went out for three short walks this week with my dad. That's more than I've been able to go out in weeks! It's been hard but manageable because I've resorted to playing the infamous Pokemon Go. I feel like a contented child skipping along and all my usual triggers aren't as bad. It's not the most mindful way of going out but I'll take it for now!
Hey everyone, I’ve made a new group chat called “a distraction”. It’s to help people that may not be able to make friends as easy as others and to help you all find people with things in common with yourself. I will be posting different topics / conversations starters to help keep the conversation going. It is a sub group under “loneliness” and I hope to see many of you over there 😊
My lack of leaving the house has affected my physical health and general fitness. I'm trying so hard to get out for a short walk with my dad a few times a week now but it's honestly so so exhausting. The anxiety effects is harder to recover from than the exercise itself! But I'm determined to not let this beat me and make my life harder. Wishing you all a self-loving kick ass weekend 💜
Seasonal affective disorder makes agoraphobia harder for me to beat. There are less opportunities for social gatherings. Outdoor activities are limited. I feel restricted to the indoors, with lesser number of people to socialise around. I feel deeply depressed knowing that my family is the only group of people I can be around and my friends are not near me. I feel worried that my agoraphobia symptoms aren’t getting better, but are getting worse during these months.
There is going to be a lovely event on Zoom for all Wisdonians from 1pm to 7pm EST today. The room will be open to just hang out, chat, listen to music and play games. No voice or video required if you're not comfortable. Feel free to just come and hang out and share as much or as little as you're comfortable with. Just click the link below to join from 1pm EST. Merry Christmas everyone 🎄☃️💜 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9837306043
I’ve been going for jogs the past few days. I can feel everyone looking at me. I think to myself, let them look. I’d rather be the person that lives their life, as opposed to the person that judges. Look all you want, judge all you want.. I’m being me. Deal with it.
I’m feeling like going out will lead to something horrible happening to me
⚠️ Potential Trigger Warning: Panic attack description I got out today for my first short walk of this year with my dad. It started off pretty badly with me in tears at the overwhelming feeling of panic. There were many people out (despite lockdown) for a walk. I guess because the sun had been out? I could feel my heart beating fast as if it was going to jump out of my chest. Every person that came into view overwhelmed me and I noticed my vision start to get blurry. I was hyperventilating and thought I was going to faint. It was awful. But, I was so determined to push past it somehow and not run home like I've done in the past. I ended up asking my dad to talk to me, to help focus my mind on something. We ended up talking about the animals he'd seen lately on his walks. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm a sucker for animals. I started to take slow deep breaths, to notice the crunch of the snow under my boots, feel the cool air on my face and the joy I felt at talking about the animals. I ended up calming and enjoying the walk. I'm glad I tried today.
Although it’s been difficult, and I haven’t always been able to harness enough bravery or will to go on many walks, throughout the pandemic while at home I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to workout consistently. And, at times where my mental health faltered I’ve maintained my physical health which I’m grateful for. I’m just trying to preserve through this and any other turbulent times in life. I’m generally not good at preserving but I’m trying. I’m trying so damn hard. Hearing others stories hear has helped shape my perspective. And, at the end of the day, I know I must; at some point in time face more fears of mine. I just hope I can do it with people by my side.
Hey everybody, just wanted to apologize for my last post on this agoraphobia forum. By no means do I think that anyone can just exercise I honestly can’t sometimes and I completely understand that we all struggle differently and it’s impossible at times to do anything because we’re suffering. I hope I did not come across the wrong way I hope that your proud of yourselves even if your unable to do anything because the truth is your in pain and I hear you, he’ll that’s me almost everyday. Peace and love people, peace and love
Anyone else’s agoraphobia got worse because of covid? Before covid, I struggled with it. But as I was working and had a reason to go out of my house, I was getting comfortable with being out of my home and it almost became a thing of the past. But because of covid, I feel like my progress has all gone down the drain. The thought of going out alone has made it really difficult for me to overcome this. What I noticed is I can go out alone at night and not feel any anxiety, even on public transport. But in the day time, I struggle more because there are more people out and I feel more exposed. I don’t usually have an issue with making the decision to go out of my house. But everytime I do, I do get anxious. And the more challenging the situation, the worse I feel. What makes it challenging is I live in a heavily populated area but I guess it’s the best way to expose myself. Any ideas on places I can go to or what I can do? Or anyone else overcame it by desensitizing through imagining? (Basically thinking about triggers and desensitizing from it). One more thing, my anxiety usually is formed at home. As soon as I step out of the house, I realise how stupid my thoughts were and my anxiety decreases. How can I stop the anxiety from forming at home. I feel like there is my trigger/ source
Okay I have way too much social anxiety now I feel like I look like a serial killer to other people
I keep oversharing when I am drunk and I am honestly sick of it
Good morning everyone! Quick reminder to be kind to yourselves. Our minds are very scary places at times but we got this and together is better than alone. Please, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the very least, get in here and express yourself. You’ll get it out and hopefully help calm yourself down. One moment at a time. 💙