I've been living with the various symptoms of anxiety for 40 years. I could easily write a list of sensations and triggers for panic that most of you will recognise and share. So what I want to share is the importance of giving yourself a day off. I'm constantly nudging myself to perform one task after another. Many of these are simple things like brushing my teeth and eating breakfast. Some are big things like hospital appointments and public events. Some days everything feels like a big thing to me. All of this overthinking everything and functioning at mentally high speeds is exhausting and I'm often completely burnt out. So my way of recharging my batteries is to give myself some time off from anxiety when I can. I'll give myself a day when I live in my dressing gown. Switch off from the world and watch a DVD box set from start to finish. Have one or two decaffeinated Irish Coffees. Do nothing and think nothing. My relief from functioning too much all the time is to have a time when I don't function at all. I believe it's the healthiest self care system that I have. It helps me to continue with all the days of anxiety to come. It's not a universal indulgence, not everyone can have a whole day to themselves. Carers for other people and parents of young children would find it difficult but I still believe we all need to make some space in our lifes for some just me time with absolutely no reason to do anything except something we really want to do.