My mum has always suffered from panic attacks and 1 or two years ago I started to have them. They are the worst things ever! Sometimes I feel like I'm going to die because I can't breathe. Sometimes I manage to hold them down. For example, I know this may sound stupid, but I went to Bluewater with my mum and lost her, it was extremely busy and I wanted to get out and I could feel a panic attack coming. So if I ever feel like that I need to remove myself from the situation. However it's not always as easy as walking out of the shop. I sometimes get them in exams like when i was taking a history exam and walked out to go see my advisor at school. She helps me to calm down however thinking back now I could have dealt with the situation better. Luckily this was only year 9 so it was just in the classroom however when I have exams in the exam hall I really start worrying and feel panicky. To calm myself down I use the tip I'be written below however if you really can't contain just ask to step out for a few moments and explain to the teacher what is happening as best as you can.
I manage my anxiety in multiple different ways. I get panic attacks quite often and to deal with them I sometimes imagine the anxiety and panic inside me and give it a shape and watch it shrink and go away and focus on my breathing until I'm calm. Another technic that helps is by thinking of a song that I like or reminds me of a good memory and put headphones in and listen to it focusing on the lyrics. I use Bach's Rescue Remedy in the spray or the sweet thing to help me to calm down as well. I worry so much over stupid things and sometimes I just need to realise to just shut up worrying everything will be fine. For my bedroom I have been thinking about getting song lyrics up on the wall and well as quotes to remind me that it's not that bad! I hope this has helped you if you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks and just remember everything will be fine. If it's not okay then it's not the end!
Love Zoe xx
I suffer from severe mental depression like my Dad. At some point in everybody's life they struggle with depression whether they have lost a loved one or they suffer from it constantly it is tiring and you are constantly fighting against your own mind. I have okay days and awful ones and this could depend on the weather, what day of the week it is or even what I eat for lunch the fact is the littlest things can make me sad or stressed. I take medication for my mental illness but I can still feel it like a huge weight on my shoulders. Everyone deals with depression differently some people distance themselves others self harm but a few ways I cope with my depression is by spending time with my friends and family, I listen to upbeat music that makes me want to dance or just reminds me of happy things (5sos :P), I take nice warm baths with my favourite lush products, I watch TV shows one after the other which gets things off my mind, I avoid the news because it is rarely good and personally makes me anxious and I always have something in the future to look forward too whether it is going home at the weekend and having a sleep in or going into school and speaking to the guy I like. Little things that make my days easier.
If you are self harming or you definitely think you are struggling with depression go see your doctor they won't think you are over reacting or a waste of their time because believe me I was really struggling I had no idea what was wrong with me and why I got upset more than others or why I felt sad even on a good day but when I found out there was something that could help me put my mind at ease believe it or not it is an amazing feeling.
Love Zoe and Katelyn xx