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Your experience sounds frightening! I think it would be upsetting to most people. "Two men banging on the door"- yikes!
The fear triggered an anxiety response and it sounds like you are having trouble coming down from that.
If you are young and healthy it's highly doubtful that this would trigger a heart attack.
Thank you. What would be the best way today to start to come down off of this? Right now I'm so tired and a little traumatized I don't feel like doing much.
obviously this was basically my worst fear come true was being alone and helpless even though it turned out to be nothing it was pretty much a nightmare
Hello! Thanks for joining me. What you may need most is a quiet and relaxing day. Would it be comforting to you to be with other people? This may be a time factor- take a bit of time to come down.
ok, thank you. yes, I've called a ton of people today. I'm going to see if a friend can maybe come over so I'm not alone most of the day - maybe talk about other things to stop the constant thoughts of last night.
and me worrying about how this would affect my health
and how being alone can be scary
It's most single, living alone woman's nightmare- a bit like a horror movie right! Remind yourself first of all that it's normal you responded with fright- your mind immediately went into survivor mode- high intense anxiety.
Your heart is fine- it is young- it responded as it is suppose to- to fright. It's amazing how we immediately respond to something- so automatic- late at night- alone- two men.
yes definitely - I do think I need a day to just lay low. I will take the suggestion of maybe having a friend or two come over. I keep going through my phone to see if I can call next. Obviously I feel like I'm too alone right now
plus I maybe only got three hours of sleep
Of course do some deep breathing as you remind yourself you are okay, you are safe, and you will get through this. Something physical like a walk, fresh air, being with others- talking about your feelings.
ok yes, I will do that and the crying reaction is normal right?
it hasn't stopped all morning
Lack of sleep heightens the response too- you have the adrenaline flowing. Crying is perfectly normal- you were spooked- your body and mind both reacted- allow yourself to cry, feel whatever comes up.
ok thank you. I really appreciate the reassurance
I'm going to have some tea and try to nap
You will get through this- we are wired to react, jump, protect our self- all that blood goes to our heart- ready for flight.
ok thanks, XXXXX XXXXX I figured our bodies are resilient
I thought about all the people that have been through a way more traumatic experience than me and physically they are fine
Yes, tea sounds like just what the doctor would order!! Yes, thank your body for being so incredible to kick into gear- but remind yourself no need to be afraid- remind your body:)
ok , I will do that. I have some relaxation and breathing exercises I use for my GAD I'm going to listen to those as well and remind my body everything is ok
You responded normally to something that rarely happens- you will be fine physically also- tell yourself calming and reassuring things.
thank you so much!!
have a wonderful day