What My Anxiety Attacks Feel Like

I’ve seen a few of these posts and I always find them so interesting because anxiety attacks are so different and personal for everyone. So, I’m having an anxiety attack right now, and a pretty bad one. I’ve decided to blog it because I want to share with people who have similar symptoms and hopefully help them. I’ll be honest, I have no idea if this post will end up going live. I write these quite a lot and they often don’t get published, but if you’re reading this then I guess this one did. 
Before I start, I just wanted to say please get help if you feel the way I do. Talk to someone, speak out, find something that makes you feel better. For me, writing this makes me feel better. 
Ok, so my first symptom of an anxiety attack is almost always chest pain in the left side. This is detrimental because it makes me panic, but that’s usually how they begin. 
Soon after, I’ll begin to feel sick and dizzy. I’ll have to ground myself and begin taking deep breaths. The room will spin and I usually try and get away at this point. If I’m in a public place, I will leave and find a safe place where I can be alone. 
Next the cramps start. These start in the left side of my face and soon spread down the left side of my body until I have them in my face, hand, chest, arm, stomach, leg and foot. The other symptoms haven’t subsided yet, and it’s now very clear to me what’s happening. 
Sometimes that’s as far as it gets. I can calm myself down and I’ll be ok again. However, sometimes it gets worse. 
If it gets worse, I will start hyperventilating, crying and shaking. This part can last up until 20 minutes, so not too long, but the other symptoms above can last all day, sometimes even a few days. 
The worst part is that I know I’ll be ok. Deep down, I know it’s just an anxiety attack. But it terrifies me so much. And, if I’m in a public place, I feel embarrassed. I feel like people won’t understand and will think I’m being dramatic. 
If you feel like this or share any of my symptoms, I would love to know. From what I can tell, my cramping symptom is rather rare but other people definitely experience it. All of my other symptoms are pretty common, but like I said everyone is different and every anxiety attack is different. 
Stay strong lovelies,

9 thoughts on “What My Anxiety Attacks Feel Like

  1. This was so interesting to read, thank you so much for sharing! I get chest pains too at the beginning and then feel nauseous and my hands start shaking, which is how I know it’s anxiety and not just random.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, Hayley! It is posts like these that describe the everyday realities of mental illness that help to destroy stigma encourage others to open up and talk about their stories as well! Well done for writing this so openly!
    Abbey 🦋

  3. I don’t suffer from anxiety, so I can’t even begin to imagine what a full-on anxiety attack feels like. I remember when I was so stressed out in uni once and I felt like I was going to faint while walking to my lecture, and my head was spinning so I had to sit down to stop myself from feeling sick. That’s the closest I think I’ve been to feeling what it’s like, and even that was scary!

  4. Oh lovely, it’s horrible to see someone having a panic attack and to see that you are having one now! But as a sufferer myself I always try to help as much as possible. You have absolutely nothing to be or feel embarrassed about!
    Last October before I got medication/GP help, I had a panic attack in the middle of a supermarket whilst my husband was still in his wheelchair. I was curled up in a ball on the floor, crying, shaking and trying to catch a breath. The staff were amazing and knew exactly what to do.
    I hope you feel better soon.
    Emma xx

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