Yes, you have valid reasons for your fear, and avoidance of situations that make you feel trapped, panic, helpless or embarrassed!
This fear could be strong enough to stop you from leaving home or visiting certain places.
Your anxiety gets intensified by the possible absence of the help you may need.
So you’d rather stay and play safe all the time.
However, you should know that this fear can make you:
🙅♀️ Limit your activities
Surely you do not want to live the rest of your life this way.
You would probably do just about anything for a way out, right?
Try out these simple tips:
🙆♀️ Challenge your fears - define what it is that scares you and reassure yourself that your fear isn't real
🙆♀️ Ease back into those uncomfortable surroundings. By all means, go with a friend, but go and slowly recover your peace within those situations. Visit as often as you can.
🙆♀️ Stay calm - As your anxiety rises, resist the urge to run to a place of safety
🙆♀️ Breathe slowly and deeply - It will calm your nerves (hot tip: close your mouth and breathe through your nose, it will slow everything down)
🙆♀️ Engage positivity - create images of places or situations that give you peace and focus on them
The agoraphobic attack can be embarrassing.
However, you can overcome it, and live a normal life again!