I can't shake this feeling

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Congratulations, you survived Monday. The gruelling grind of a Monday is something we all battle with on a weekly basis, if you hate your job, that is. I don't usually write about 'feelings' on my blog because I am sure that every one of you has or has had problems at some point in your life so you don't necessarily want to read about mine! But here it goes.
 I don't know if you know, but I am a Physiotherapist and work within the NHS. Last week was rotation week, the week where once every six months, we have the rug pulled from underneath us and are shipped onto another area of Physiotherapy. Well, to say things have deteriorated somewhat is putting it lightly. I am working in a brand new area, of which I don't know much about, and my patients are very poorly, and I'm finding it all pretty tough. I have such a happy life, I enjoy every aspect of it and really cherish my time spent with family and friends. However, this last week has really brought me down lower than I've ever felt making my time away from work full up with worry about work. Most of you will have experienced some level of anxiety, whether it's right before an exam or just in general, you're a little bit jittery, so you will know the symptoms:
Knots in your stomach
Too nauseous to eat
It feels like a baby elephant is sitting on your chest
You cry (a lot)
You can't sleep
and then crash, bang, wallop, you're having a full on anxiety attack. This is what happens when you are struggling to put 'mind over matter'. 
No matter how many people tell me 'it's only six months' the very thought of having to spend my time working on this ward is making me want to vomit. You might think that this sounds pretty dramatic, but it's real and relative for me. I love being a Physiotherapist and I'm trying my hardest to battle through.

*Tips and tricks for anxiety that I've picked up along the way-
Chamomile tea- Honestly, as unpleasant as it is to begin with, I can promise you have it will help to calm you down. 
Positive thoughts- Having something to look forward to after work is what helps me during my day, lately it's been coming home to David, getting out of my uniform and into something I feel like myself in and heading out for a mid week drink.
Talk about it- Here I am rambling on about my daft thoughts and it really does help. You'll also find that you are absolutely NOT alone.
Chill the hell out- Have the longest, loveliest soak with a book in the bath and make sure you fill it with lovely smelling bubbles too.
Exercise- I wouldn't be half as crazy as I feel at the moment if I could find the energy to go to the gym for a little session to blow off some steam. It's always helped me in the past.
Cut out the 3 C's- Chocolate, Caffeine & Crap. These things will keep you on edge, so ditch them all and try to replace them with nuts and seeds. 

Sorry for the rambling and I hope someone somewhere might find these tips useful. Please do comment if you've been affected or are affected by anxiety and I will reply :)
Thanks so much for reading.
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  1. I have felt this this in the past, you're tips are really helpful. Thank you. It's nice to see something on your blog that's a bit different. You are brave! Keep focussed and in the meantime sending you lots of hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Liz- that's so kind f you. I'm feeling much better for reading all of you're comments! Xxx

  2. Nightmare chick, you spend so much time at work so it's horrid if you don't like it. I totally agree on the exercise, gets out all my stress

    1. Ah thank you so much Lauren, you're so right! I need to get to the gym with my favourite workout music xxx

  3. Well aren't you just the most genuine and sincere of people. Like I didn't know that already. Babes I get like this too - more than I care to admit to myself let alone others - and as you have been so kind to share your tips here's how I tend to get over my humps. Remember that this is TEMPORARY. That overwhelming feeling of being lost and at capacity will not last forever. In fact as soon as you start to give it the middle finger it does a runner. Funny that. And that leads nicely on to my other coping quick win. GO WITH IT. Half the time we get ourselves in such a mess is because we're bearing ourselves up for feeling the way we do so stop fighting and start feeling. I spent a whole Saturday in my PJ's on the sofa a couple of weeks back and the next day I felt like I'd undergone an exorcism! In the words of Jessie J it's okay not to be okay. Really. Keep being you my beautiful one it'll all come right in the end xxxxxxx

    1. Oh Lolli! You've made me all teary, in a good way! Thank you so, so much. It feels so nice to know I'm not on my own in this. Xxx

  4. Thanks so much for the helpful tips! I've suffered from anxiety before, so I know how difficult it can be, especially when, like me, no one else really understands what you're going through. Everyone has their own problems, but it's so relieving when you can find find someone who'll just sit and listen to yours for even just a few minutes :)

    Jennifer x


    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for taking the time to read and reply. Thanks for your words of inspiration. You've put a smile on my face xxx


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