One of my co-workers has incredible anxiety, far worse than mine. I know she takes Klonopin and a lot of it and is considering beginning psychotherapy. We talk about ways to lessen our anxiety in the workplace. One thing we have in common is a dislike of desperate last-minute and last-ditch efforts to find press for a client (we work at a PR agency). I don’t know what her exact issues are and we don’t talk too personally, it is work after all. But I did introduce her to a way to take public transportation and relieve a lot of anxiety about the overcrowding of the subway during evening rush hour: take the bus. I like to ride the bus in NYC b/c it’s usually not too crowded and I can find a seat, it’s above ground so I can make necessary phone calls or texts to catch up with parts of my life that have happened without me while I was at work. It’s usually not stifling hot or freezing cold on busses, and best of all, I get to see my beloved New York City on my way to my destination.
Below is some info and an interesting article about fear & anxiety:
“Sixteen percent of adults [are] believed to have some sort of anxiety disorder. Symptoms can include panic attacks, palpitations, trembling, sweating and a constant feeling that something terrible is about to happen. In other words, the symptoms of fear: a “fight or flight” response triggered despite the lack of immediate threat.
Crucially, these are not symptoms that the person experiencing them feels they have control over, which is precisely what makes it so frightening: you cannot walk out of a panic attack.” Read more