So there I was, 5 years ago, stuck at home. No restaurants, no outings, no going out to see anyone anywhere. Why? Fear, anticipation. Anticipation is probably what affects us most as human beings, in both positive and negative ways. What was I frightened of exactly? Well, what are you frightened of? Snakes? Spiders? Well, to put it simply, I was scared of being ill in front of people. Every time I went out, even to do a spot of shopping, I would get dizzy, my palms would become all sweaty (and no this is isn’t an Eminem reference, who actually describes that feeling rather well), my heart would start racing until I could feel it in my throat… At that point, I knew I had to leave.
For many of you suffering from anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia, you didn’t just read the previous paragraph, did you? No, the chances are you felt it as well and felt the same anxiety you feel when in the same kind of situation.
So what happened? How was I able to move to Paris, one of the busiest cities in the world, and start afresh on my own with no family or friends around me? Throughout the “agoraphobia” section of this blog, this is what we will be studying, for this is something I want you to achieve, this feeling of regained independence, of a brand new life. For those here who have no experience with such issues, a ‘new life” may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, but it isn’t. After years of what felt like asphyxiation, I was finally able to pierce the plastic bag around my head and breathe a beautiful morning air.
I don’t think this was a miracle, it involved many painful steps and what felt like an almost constant defeat, but my goodness was it worth it… I want to share all of my tips and tricks, all of my experience with you for you to fully regain control of your life. Stay tuned, loads of content is coming your way.