Today I was a little surprised by my anxiety. I think this is only because I have had a pretty good run of days where my anxious feelings have been good or even non-existent. This time however, I had anxious feelings early on in the morning for the first time in ages.
I have obviously had that many time over, but I threw me a little after such good period. I think this may have been the reason that it dragged on longer than it normally does. The other reason was that because I have been so good, I forgot my distraction ‘tools’ that I sometimes use.
I have a string of small plastic sections that I can twist and turn. I find that this gives my hands something to focus on and distract my mind. I also have a menthol nose inhaler that I use occasionally again to distract my senses.
Unfortunately, I left them both at home, so when I looked for them, they weren’t there. My anxiety immediately shot up, which was very unpleasant, but I have back-up breathing techniques that I used to control it.
It made the anxiety last longer than expected, but I felt good that I was able to control the feelings even though I didn’t have my usual coping aids.
If you use such things to help you, it is always a good idea to have a backup just in case.