Recently, I believe I experienced an ANXIETY attack. I was sitting at my desk at work. It was my planning period so there were no students in the room. My chest became tight, and my left arm went numb. I promptly got up and walked to the school nurse’s office. She immediately called the paramedics (who got there in 3 minutes – miraculous).
The fear I had was – heart attack, but that was quickly ruled out for the most part by an on the spot EKG test. However, my blood pressure was 178/100. Do I have hypertension? Have I previously been diagnosed with it? Well, yes – but that was a few years ago and I have been fine ever since. Says who? My doctor? This went on for a while.
After a bit of discussion, it was determined that I had to go to the emergency room (ER). So I went to Chandler Regional Hospital where I sat for many hours in the waiting room and quite frankly could have contracted many diseases while waiting among people who needed to be wearing masks due to all the coughing, etc. they were doing (I digressed).
I realized shortly after this experience that I was suffering from ANXIETY (according to dictionary.com, distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune).
For me, it has to do with having so much on my plate (that I took on without hesitation – because that is what I do and how I roll). Well, I’m older and should be wiser, but my heart’s desire is to do great things in this life and make a “real” difference. So, that requires being present and taking action on so many levels. It also requires having an action plan and balancing my life (mind, body, soul/spirit) so I am not depleted. That is why I am embarking upon the journey of decluttering my mind and personal space.
To assist me in the endeavor of decluttering, I am reading the book, Organize Now!, by Jennifer Ford Berry, a week by week action plan for a healthier, happier life. Basically, week one got me to make a list of my top 10 priorities in life. There will be more about that during this A to Z Challenge. Stay tuned!