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    Anxiety attack

    Hey everyone!

    This is more like venting than anything but if anyone has some advise on what I should do I'm also grateful.

    Even though I sometimes have anxiety, it's rare that I feel like this. I had a very stressful day at work, barely slept at night and I'm very worried with everything and feel alone here (foreign country and new in town) and everyone that I can talk about this stuff (in my homeland) is at work and not available to talk and I don't want to bother them.

    I just got home and can't stop crying to the point that I almost had convulsions. I feel that I can't think straight today, I feel sick in the stomach and I feel that I can't put things in perspective... like I'm overwhelmed and I'm paralyzed.

    I don't know what this is, I've never felt like this.

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    I'm so sorry you feel this way. Have you tried 4-7-8 breathing (Weil method, just google it) - I think you just have a cumulative effect and sleep deprivation can do a number on anyone. Also make a big warm mug of tea if you have any and use that with the breathing. Is there anything distracting you can do, like going out for a walk or going shopping? Don't try to think straight -just let those feelings be and try "placebo" stuff that also might work like the tea, etc. I understand not wanting to call people but it really is ok if you do. Everything will be all right.

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    Originally Posted by Annia
    Hey everyone!

    This is more like venting than anything but if anyone has some advise on what I should do I'm also grateful.

    Even though I sometimes have anxiety, it's rare that I feel like this. I had a very stressful day at work, barely slept at night and I'm very worried with everything and feel alone here (foreign country and new in town) and everyone that I can talk about this stuff (in my homeland) is at work and not available to talk and I don't want to bother them.

    I just got home and can't stop crying to the point that I almost had convulsions. I feel that I can't think straight today, I feel sick in the stomach and I feel that I can't put things in perspective... like I'm overwhelmed and I'm paralyzed.

    I don't know what this is, I've never felt like this.
    Call your parents. I don't think they would be annoyed if their daughter wants to talk to them.

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    It sounds like you were (are) having an anxiety attack. Make an appointment with your doctor and tell him exactly what you told us. A mild anti-anxiety med might be all you need or at least some kind of supplement that has a calming effect.

    If it is an anxiety attack, don't have tea or coffee unless it is decaf because the caffeine will just exacerbate your anxiety.

    ... and yes, call your parents. They love you and they wouldn't want you to be going through this 'spell' alone.

    I hope you feel better now.

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    I have suffered from anxiety at work. So to me it sounds like anxiety. I would book an appointment so you can see what support there is out there for you.

    My really good friend advised me to take some time out and go to the toilet. Take your shoes off and sit on the toilet seat (lid down). With you shoes on the cold tiles. Close your eyes and take deep breaths.

    So sorry you are going through this!

    I know it's so scary to start somewhere new. So this may have triggered your anxiety to be a little worst than you have experienced.

    Talk to your friends and family. Even though they are far away they would still want to know what you are going through and support you.

    That was my mistake when I was dealing with my work related anxiety. I didn't tell my close friends or family. That really upset them I didn't lean on them. Don't make that mistake.

    You are not alone! Besides you have all of us on here too x

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    Definitely talking to family over the phone or Skype will help you calm down. Try to make some friends at work and see if anyone wants to go out after work with you. A drink or two each night will also work to relax you. You can also post here. People check in 24 hours a day and can help you get through whatever you're feeling.

    Are you just lonely, homesick, or is it something more? But also try the breathing and taking time out like Jellybean said. Try to distract yourself by going out and seeing the city or going to a show or an event. Try to look at it all as an adventure.

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    Thank you everyone. I ended up taking a shower, drinking tea, doing those breathing exercises and called my mother though we couldn't talk much because she was busy.

    I'm calmer today but with a sense of sadness over me.

    I'll try to go about my day the best way possible but I think that I might need therapy, because I feel especially vulnerable lately and I don't want to do anything stupid. I'm also always sleep deprived and need to fix it.

    I'll also try to not stress so much at work. What happens will happen.

    But thank you so much. Posting here has been helping me a lot.

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    I'm so sorry you have been feeling this way! As someone who has struggled with anxiety, I understand, and I really feel for you. Even with understanding the nature of anxiety, when it's in full motion it can feel so overwhelming.
    It sounds like right now if you could get some good sleeps, it would make a big difference. Have you tried visualization? I also really recommend exercise every day. This makes a huge difference for me, I notice the difference when I skip.

    I like your posts here, you seem like a genuine person who is stronger than you realize. A lot of people wouldn't have the courage to go out of their comfort zone as much as you have, moving to a foreign country and working outside of your language. Maybe cut yourself some slack, as it's a lot, and it's ok to have some bumps along he road.

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    I am so glad you are doing better.

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    It's great you are feeling better.

    Glad you reached out to your mum.

    The lack of sleep doesn't help. It does make everything feel worst.

    There is a herbal remedy that helps sleep called Kalms. That can be very helpful with sleep. Not sure if you can get it where you are.

    Also I find a lavender pillow mist is very helpful. I know it doesn't work for everyone and may be more of a placebo but may be worth a try.

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