Anxiety is mostly considered to fall into two camps: generalised (sometimes referred to as Generalized Anxiety Disorder), and acute attacks, where panic slices into your life making normal activity almost impossible.
In this post, I’d like to talk about the little gap between the two that you need to make friends with if you often find yourself in the eye of the storm. The gap is slight. Oh so slight. The tangible worry about real life things like bills/exams/early mornings (generalised) and intangible ‘holy shit I can’t catch my breath’ (acute) are siblings and as such communicate with each other in a way that can be hard to understand – even to the person within whom they dwell.
Here’s how I have come to understand the symbiosis between the two: generalized anxiety is the rational one – the thinker. The one who plays things out to see what might happen. Its generalized’s job to take events and turn them over until the worst possible outcome has been played out. After this, doting sibling Acute picks up the buck and comes in – sometimes after a delay – all bolshy and balsy, ready to spring to action; Acute is the sporty one of the two and is all about raising heart rate and getting the palms sweating.
Most who suffer from both as I do spend their days indulging generalised, rationalising that we’d prefer to take the heightened mental vigilance over the full-on panic that mad Acute incites. Tragically, the subject of our worry is often what’ll happen if panic steps in which – you’ve guessed it – is precisely the way to rile the beast that is Acute up.
But it isn’t all doom and gloom; I mentioned the pause between the two that comes before panic (though it may sometimes feel it feels as if it comes out of nowhere, this is rarely true thanks to the militant nature of the subconscious). In my experience if you bed into this little crack before panic sets in and sit in it, making it wider and more comfortable, you can take the reins from Acute and steer the course as you will.
This is where safety behaviours in the form of things or products deployed to take the sting out of panic or attempt to distract the mind can be enormously helpful. A bath, a babble down the phone to a friend and sometimes even a brandy will fortify the nerves and provide the sensory ‘change’ that will affect the trajectory of the episode.
Here’s where today’s giveaway comes in: Bach Rescue Remedies have long been one of my go-to products to help lengthen the pause for quite some time. Containing a blend of flower remedies like cherry plum and rock rose, the idea is to soothe the senses and take the edge off stress. Further than this, if the habit of turning to a herbal remedy when feeling wobbly is successfully cultivated, taking one will serve to remind Acute that it is about to have a bit of a fight on its hands which, as we all know, works wonders when it comes to bullies.
The Giveaway /
Bach Rescue Remedies have very kindly offered six of their rescue products as a giveaway to accompany this post. All are pictured at the top of this article. To enter, leave a comment in the below field. Winners will be picked on the 7th of March at 12pm GMT and notified on the e-mail account left when commenting (this won’t show up).
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I’ve heard great things on the Rescue Remedy brand but have never tried these ones.
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Got me through my driving test!
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I swear by this and take it with me every time I fly! Its a holiday essential for those worrying plane journeys 🙂
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Rescue Remedy used to be handed round more often than biscuits some days at work. I never realised there were so many versions though. I’d be really interested to try the sweets/gum/pastilles.
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i was 1st introduced to rescue remedy by my physcologist when i was 1st diagnosed with panic attacks and im eternally grateful for it, i wouldnt have got as far as i have without it
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Never tried these but I would love to!
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Oh no! fingers crossed for you this time!
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I love any of the Bach products the rescue pastilles where an absolute must have in my bag when my twins were younger and now I always carry the rescue drops in my handbag
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I love Batch Remedy for my anxiety. I have only tried the pastels and they really do work.
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I absolutely swear by these! When things start to get a little overwhelming they’re the first thing that I reach for (if the gin isn’t available, of course)
could really do with some stress remedies! would love to try them as I always use their products for winter colds and they work a treat.
I relied on these throughout pregnancy and (natural) childbirth- and all the bits that came after, too!
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Great prize, I have used your product when I was going through a stressful time at work
Wow…you’ve got some really incredible insights into the misery that is ‘anxiety’ in all it’s different forms. I hate it when people try to pigeon hole others into preconceived stereotypes. Any little ‘prop’ or ‘tool’ that helps take your mind away from the more stressful moments is a great idea. Bach coming to the rescue really appeals to me. x
Thank you Jo. It’s very frustrating indeed isn’t it?! X
perfect for the exam season
This would be a massive help to me, I have struggles with anxiety and sleep and would love to give this a go.
Would be useful for my wife
This sounds great! Thank you for the blog as id never heard of these products! Would love to try them, thank you x
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My mum always to used to give me this when I had my episodes it’s a life saver
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Thanks for taking the time to run a giveaway. Fingers crossed.
Have only tried the drops and they really work!
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I have them in by bag when I have to go out
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As a fellow sufferer from anxiety, I would love to have the opportunity to try this product! I have heard of it and I know it’s a well known brand, but never actually tried it for when I get my anxiety attacks! Having this handy in my bag when I get a bad attack, would be fantastic as it may help me feel a bit calmer again! Thank you for the chance x
I’m so sorry to hear that you struggle too and hope if you win these that they’ll help!
I suffer from anxiety and on prescription tablets. I’ve never heard of this product but I’m going to look more into this now. Thank you for this
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I bought the children’s pastilles once for my daughter she loved them and they were perfect for having before long car journeys were she got travel sick. They would help her stay relaxed instead of getting worked up because she didn’t feel well
I rescue cats and always put rescue remedy in their water to de-stress them
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Have heard good things about Bach Rescue Remedy (it was covered on a complementary therapy course I did a while back). Would love the chance to try it.
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This stuff really does seem to take the edge off a stressful day
Working mum with 3 boys, I hope this works!
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I am a born worrier and always seem to be fretting about something. I’d love the chance to see if these would help me 3:)
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Never tried these but I suffer from anxiety so would love to see if they work
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oh yes please thanks for the chance
the pastilles have worked wonders for me, plus they are so tasty – i have to stop myself eating them like sweets! super prize!
I’ve still got a complete box set of Bach Flower Remedies I bought in the 1980’s! A museum piece, not for consumption any longer unfortunately.
thanks for the chance! I suffer with anxiety so any chance to reduce it is welcomed.
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I love Rescue Remedy.
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The Rescue Remedy drops really helped me when I was anxious about my driving test, It really helped calm my nerves and I happily passed. I would love to try more of these products 😀
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Thanks again 🙂
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This really helps when I’m flying, highly recommended for nervous passengers!
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I absolutely swear by Bachs products, the drops really help with my anxiety, i haven’t tried the other things so would love to win, fingers crossed xx
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