Anonymous asked:

Movie theater anon: I have the same issue with theaters because of my emet. Having cool water and gum or mints is really helpful. I also bring my (silenced) phone in case I need to step out and look at some calming pictures. Good luck!!!

These are great tips! I recommend these things too. Thank you so much for sending this in.

Anonymous asked:

im suffer from emet, GAD, and OCD. I'm going to the movie theaters and its my first time going in a long time. how do i stay calm? how can i not think about how dirty the place might be? can you help me?

I completely understand the fear when it comes to movie theaters. For awhile I had to avoid them. But the important thing to remember is that things will be okay.
The greatest thing about movie theaters is that you are there to watch a movie, which provides a great distraction from intrusive thoughts or anxiety. Focus on the movie and the plot of it, so that your mind doesn’t have a chance to wander.
Try to go into the theatre with a positive attitude. Tell yourself that you are going to enjoy the movie and that you are going to have fun. Think about what you’re looking forward to seeing.
Make sure you have a bottle of water with you. It’s important to stay hydrated and it can help with anxiety.
When you get home, put your clothes in the laundry and take a shower. That might help ease your mind. It always helped me.
I know it’s easy to let your fear take over. But I also know that you are strong. And trying is a success in itself. If you panic, that’s okay! It doesn’t mean you’ve failed or anything like that. It means you tried, and that is excellent.
I know you can do it.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

Anonymous asked:

I have made huge strides in the last few months against emetophobia largely because of you! I can't thank you enough. You were there for me when no one else was and your advice was sometimes the only thing that got me through the day. Thank you. <3

Aw anon! This made me tear up. It means the world to me that I was able to help you out so much. You are so strong and I am so proud of you for making such great progress! This is wonderful news. It means so much to me that you took the time to send me this.
Stay strong! You’re on a wonderful path.
I am here for you and I believe in you.

feelgoodhope asked:

To the anon who asked you if you struggle with emet too, I also struggle with emet every single day. It's a battle I'm fighting constantly and I just want them to know that they are NOT alone. I know sometimes emet makes you feel like a big freak but you're not, everyone has fears and being afraid is normal. This is a great blog to talk to someone who struggles and you can also always message me if you need to talk. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

This is so true! You are so right, and it is awesome that we can all support one another in our battles against emet. Thank you so much for this message. This means a lot to me and I’m sure it will help the anon.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you too.

Anonymous asked:

I've noticed some of your recent posts/questions asked and I was wondering do you suffer with emetophobia too? It's always a relief finding someone else with the same worries because it makes you realise you're not alone. It's taking over my life and effects my weight, food, travel and overall life! 😔 How do you deal with it on a daily basis?

You aren’t alone, I promise. I have had emet for years and I know how horrible it can be.
I let it control my life for awhile. I became underweight and nearly got diagnosed with anorexia. That was a huge wake up call for me. You cannot let emetophobia take over your life. No matter how much it tries to make you think that it is more powerful than you are, I promise you are stronger than it is.
It is important to remind yourself that your chances of getting sick are not nearly as high as you think they are. V*ing is your body’s last resort and it rarely goes there. I know someone that hasn’t v*ed for 20 years! And that isn’t very uncommon. I haven’t v*ed in four years. How often have I worried about v*ing during these last four years? Everyday. How often has it actually happened? Not once.
I know it can be hard to find comfort when it comes to emetophobia. In fact a lot of the worry about it stems from the aspect of losing control. But it is so important to try to remind yourself that you are healthy and safe. If you feel nauseous, 9 times out of 10 it is anxiety or panic related. In the moment that can be hard to remember though. That’s when distractions become important. When I get nauseous and anxious I grab my heating pad, a journal, and a glass of water and I lay on the couch to watch tv. Keeping your mind busy really helps.
If you’re away from home, it is wise to carry a pack of your favorite gum. Mint is especially helpful because it can soothe nausea. The one that always helps me stay calm is called “Mintacular”. It’s one of the Shaun White Stride gums. This always helps me when I feel anxious. With emet I often describe a nauseous feeling in my throat. That lump or nauseous feeling is soothed or even eliminated when I chew gum.
Invest in a thermometer with disposable covers. Taking your temperature can help relieve fears of having a stomach bug.
The usual tips apply here too. Wash your hands, carry sanitizer, and avoid touching your face. But remember that accidentally touching your face does not equal getting sick.
Self talk is also important when it comes to emet. It is helpful to have a little dialogue in your head that can remind you that you’re safe.
As with anything, it’s important to find the things that help you the most. Try out different things, that don’t harm you or anyone else, until you find what works best.
I hope this helps at least a little bit.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

Anonymous asked:

It might be helpful to post emetophobia resources in the emet tag! The emetophobia tag is really awful art, drawings, and gifs of v*. The emet tag was created by an advice blog and is safe so more people will read it there!! (-:

Thank you so much anon! Honestly, thank you for telling me this. I was wondering if there was a safer tag. Thank goodness someone made one. You’re wonderful for making me aware of this.

Some Help

As you all know I am good friends with a YouTuber named Jona. Her channel is JonasAlmostFamous. She suffers from GAD and PD and has extremely severe emetophobia.
She has asked me to ask all of you for some input.
She wants to make videos about anxiety and panic attacks and emetophobia more often.
Is there anything that any of you would like to see in her videos?
She is hoping to contribute to ending the stigma around mental illnesses.
I think that if we all work together, we could form a powerful community. Not just a fandom for Jona, but a team against the stigma. We can make a difference.

Anonymous asked:

So after tonight (I had two panic attacks within a span of less than two hours), I told one of my friends about it. I was wondering if you had any tips I can tell her on how to help me out when I have them. I've always just tried to push through them myself with no help, but it is starting to get harder, as they are getting worse. Basically, do you have any helpful tips I can give my friend to help me when I am having an attack? Thank you

I think it’s great that you are reaching out to your friend! That is such a great step to take. I am very proud of you.
I think the main thing you need to do, is to make sure that she understands what an attack is. The more she understands the more she will be able to provide as much support as possible.
Maybe try to describe the signs of an attack, like things she should be alert to. For example, do you start scratching your hands before an attack? Do you gasp for air? It’s good for your friend to know what to look for.
Describe what helps you. Would you like her to rub your back? Would you like her to get you a glass of water? Let her know how she can help you best.
Explain your triggers to her. It is always helpful to know that someone has your back, and it’s always good for them to be aware of what your triggers are. That way she can help minimize your exposure to them. For me, as someone with emetophobia, this was extremely helpful. My friends knew to avoid talking about being sick and they were always there for me when something happened that could trigger me.
The important thing to do is to let her know how she can best help you. I’m sure she is wondering what she can do, and it is so wonderful that you are opening up.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

Anonymous asked:

Last night I was panicking and stumbled on this blog while I was desperately searching how to get over anxiety, hoping to reassure myself that this can't be forever. Your blog inspired me so much. Anxiety has a way of chaining me down so that I to can't fight it. Yesterday I pushed back and for a flicker of a second it felt like I was in control of my life. I'm going to work hard with my therapist and get that feeling again. I have never felt more determined in my life. Thank you

This message made me tear up. I am so so glad that this blog has helped you gain such determination. This message means the world to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to send me this.
Stay strong! You’re on a great path and I am so proud of you and excited for you. You can do this!
I will be here for you every step of the way.



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Anonymous asked:

So this is going to sound weird but I was just sitting on my bed thinking about my day and I remembered this thing that I said to someone which sounded stupid and I suddenly did this thing... like I started shaking and I purposely like closed of my throat so that I couldn't breath and I don't know why I was doing it but every time I think of what I said I cut off my air and I know this sounds weird but I can't stop doing it and my heart is beating really fast and everything is blurry and ugh

Hi anon
I promise this doesn’t sound weird. I understand and I am here for you.
I think you are experiencing panic attacks. Cutting off your air might be your mind’s chosen coping technique for now. The good news is that we can work on changing that. For now, maybe try some relaxation techniques. Maybe lay on the couch with a soft blanket and watch tv or your favorite movie. Or listen to music, draw, write, read, or play an instrument. Anything you want to do, as long as it doesn’t harm you or anyone else, is alright. Distractions have always been a huge help to me when I panic.
You are so much stronger than you know you are. And no matter how scary or hard things seem right now, I have complete confidence in you and your ability to make it through. You are not alone and you are going to get through this. I believe in you.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

Anonymous asked:

Uh this might sound weird but do you know any apps that can calm you down after panic attacks?

Hi anon! This doesn’t sound weird at all. This is actually a really good question.
I know of a few helpful apps.
1) Relax Melodies - can really help you if you have a panic attack before bed. It plays very relaxing music.
2) Anxiety Free - used hypnosis to help you calm down
3) SAM/Self Help for Anxiety Management - this app is more of an overall tool for anxiety. You can track your anxiety, create a toolkit, use relaxation guided techniques, and so much more. I’ve used it and it is really helpful.
If any followers know of other apps please let me know. I hope this helps!
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.