Ever since I was a kid Iíve had this fear of being sick in public. When Iíve met new people or gone somewhere new I get this feeling of nausea. I now know itís a symptom of anxiety and have managed to gain some control over it, but the fear is always there in the back of my head.
What makes it worse is the expectation of feeling sick, so when I meet someone and I start feeling sick it just reaffirms my fear and so I feel more sick. Itís just my own thoughts playing tricks on me, but itís not always that easy to just ignore those thoughts.
Luckily as Iíve grown older my confidence has improved so I can control it. What also helped was developing what I like to call my escape routes.
When I go somewhere new and meet new people, I quickly scout out the place to see where I can dash off to if things start getting bad. Iíve also built up a few quick and plausible excuses to make for leaving or for distracting myself from the situation.
Over the years, just having my escape routes in place has been enough to calm me down and so I donít worry about being sick. Because I worry less, itís much less likely to happen.
If all else fails, I recommend you have some fresh mints in your pocket. If you feel like being sick, quickly pop one in your mouth. I have no real idea why this works, but it seems to remove that taste in your mouth when you feel sick and distracts your brain. Works for me anyway. Would love to hear if youíve tried it and agree!
Anyone got any more tips on stopping feeling sick?