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