A build up of stress at work - a reader's story

by Emmy

I'm a newly qualified teacher and have got a year into my first year of teaching. I knew that teaching is a high pressured and stressful job before I embarked on my teaching career but nothing could have prepared me for the panic attacks and chronic anxiety that have developed!

Little by little over the year the stress built up day on day until I started getting palpitations, dizziness and horrific tension headaches. It all came to a head one morning a couple of months back driving in to work. My heart was pounding so hard. I couldn't breathe or focus. I had a panic attack at the wheel. Absolutely terrifying and the wake up call that I needed. My poor brain and body was exhausted.

I'm still struggling with chronic anxiety 2 months later and some days are better than others. When the fear sets in it is so hard to keep focused but I'm determined to get better.

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Jan 20, 2019

by: Jude @ anxietyunravelled

Hi Emmy,

I am absolutely certain you can do it Emmy. Once you can give your body a really consistent signal that there's no need to stay on red alert any longer (relaxing the body, getting enough rest and practising letting go of worry) then it is inevitable that you will start to feel better.

I really wish you well and hope that you will start to enjoy your teaching career. From working in a school myself, I know that the first year is always the worst!

Good luck!

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