You just booked that vacation you’ve been dreaming of. It’s three months away.
Your head may be achy or even pounding. You feel like you can’t breathe.
SOMETHINGS WRONG, something in you screams.
Unable to sleep, you try to decide if you should grab the Xanax. You look at the clock. It’s 4:00am. If you take a pill now, you’ll be groggy in the morning.
You lay there looking at the ceiling, wondering if this vacation was a mistake. The bogeyman in your head is asking:
Can you really afford it? Can you be off work at that time? It’s right near the implementation of your big project. Oh my God, you think, the airfare is non-refundable.
It’s official. You are having a full blown anxiety attack.
Your brain is no longer yours. It has given itself over to fear, apprehension, and worry. Like a cowboy on a bucking bronco, all you can do is hold on for dear life.
You’re not having an anxiety attack; you’re having an anxcitement attack; that little emotional space between excitement and fear that every young child experiences as a natural part of life. It’s only grown-ups that call it anxiety.
You can lay there listening to the bogeyman or you can tell him/her: “Look, you don’t have to go on this vacation with me. I’d be happy to leave you at home.”
Less Than Helpful Advice
Anxcitement attacks are brought on by many things: a sudden change, happiness, uncertainty, something new, failure, success, just about anything that upsets our comfortable business-as-usual.