Worried about drinking over Christmas due to severe anxiety
Will alchol and going out worsen anxiety - Anxiety Support
Hi Bigbrook, having been Agoraphobic myself for 5 years where
I never left my home, I will tell you that alcohol is not going to help.
If you have a prescription for benzo that might allow you to relax
enough to step out for a while, that could be an option. However,
do not under any circumstances have alcohol if a benzo is present
in your system.
I am no longer agoraphobic but that's because I use meditation and
deep breathing daily. It may not be possible for you to achieve
that goal within a few days. Talk with your therapist or doctor in
what they may suggest. I feel for you because I know what it was
like in missing all the things I so wanted to go to but was afraid
of the "what ifs" (by the way, which never happened)
Let me know what you decide to do. More power to you if you
go and enjoy being with friends/family. Stay safe. xx
Thank u so much ..no ime on no meds at all ..was on sertraline but made me worse and diazipam doc won't prescribe. So glad ur free from this hell..Yea I really wanna go get drunk but imeterrified ..even tho the pub is litteraly 5 mins away..but I think wot if sumthings happen ..hospital is 20 mins away x
You sound so much like myself during my time with agoraphobia.
I knew where every hospital or fire station was located when I went
out. You will get to a good place yourself when the time is right for
you. It's got to be on your terms when you have the time to devote
to practicing what works for you best.
You are certainly in the right place on this forum. You are not alone
there are many of us who have gone through or are going through
agoraphobia. Life shouldn't have to be a prison sentence. We're
here to support you through this. One step at a time. Remember
we are only a message away should you decide to go and need a
little encouragement. xx
Hi Blake, I'd be more than happy to share the success I've had in using meditation
and deep breathing. Also put in there, Mindfulness, which is bringing you back to
living in the present moment. My go to has been "YouTube" over the years. You
will eventually find your favorites and what works best for you. The key to success
is using it upon awakening, mid day and again before bedtime. Practice makes
perfect until you get to the point where w/o even thinking your body and mind
will slow down automatically whenever in a tense situation.
Three videos that can start you off on YouTube are short. It will help keep you
"Sinking & Slowing Breathing Meditation" by Quiet Mind Café
"Mindfulness - 3 min Meditation" by the Honest Guys
"Release Fear Meditation" 1 min. by Jason Stephenson
Namaste my friend xx
It depends on the person, don’t overdo it and have one or even two and don’t drive, you may feel relaxed and have fun , but while your out , don’t look for that anxiety , just enjoy
I just read they are checking your oxygen level, so don’t drink till that test is over and they give you the all clear , once the doc tells you your fine , your symptoms will subside
Hi.. i’m an example of that today. Have not drank for a while and went over board with red wine last night.
Today it has left me feeling low and anxious, even tearful.
I couldn’t be happy with just the one when we were out having a meal.. i came home and walked for a bottle of red.
Why do i do it when i know how it leaves me .. plus i’m not in right frame of mind to be having any alcohol .. had to many traumas this year which has left me anxious and low anyway.
Just have a couple if you do go .. or water them down with soda.
Learnt from my over indulgence of red wine last Sunday .. the effect it had on me the next day put me off it all week .. hate that anxious low feeling after alcohol .. General Anxiety is enough on its own to be battling with, without fighting the overindulgence of chemicals in my system. Moderation or nothing .. for me lol .. lesson learnt
with me it depends on the company i am with at the time .. i do get you .. i’m frightened to go on holiday abroad as i get panic attacks if i don’t feel comfortable and away from home .. the fear before going tiring alone !
i shouldn’t say this really as alcohol not the answer .. but what i do now is limit myself an early time to be home .. book your taxi in advance .. go out have a couple to relax knowing after couple hours you will be home ... i went out on a christmas meal and left quietly early after the meal without telling anyone .. just made an excuse i had to go early.
I don’t do until midnights or early hours now.
I know my limits when out with friends and look forward to coming home to a movie snuggled with my dog.
I tend to go over top when out with my husband because i feel safe .. lol .. that’s not good though as i feel the anxiety and low mood the next day after overindulgence of alcohol lol ! plus it’s not fair on my husband .. so i’m in middle of dealing with that .. monitoring my limits when i’m with him also ... time and alcohol volume .. couple glasses with meal them home ..
i wish you well
let us know how you got on