Agoraphobia
Have A Portable Safe Zone?

With agoraphobia, are you missing out on what really matters? To YOU. A noble goal is to feel safe anywhere. And, to live the life you crave for. Want to know how?

Out there in public, is torture. You're disoriented. Uprooted. Lost.

You may feel like a no-thing...A nothing. Powerless, with no boundary for protection.

Panic may be one reason. (It's a big one.) Feeling victimized, you stay home. Afraid to connect with what's out of your comfort zone.

The truth is...

A panic attack, itself, is not dangerous. The good news is, a seasoned therapist helps you see this naked truth. Especially when you haven't been able to overcome them on your own. Get the help. You won't be sorry.

In any case...

Agoraphobia points to something else. A drive to find your center...your inner home. By staying home.

Yet...

To live, to have more of what life offers, is to experience what has real meaning...to you. Even when a noble goal is to feel safe anywhere. Including what's out there, in public.

Agoraphobia – Boundaries

Agoraphobia...Boundary Confusion


But, there may be boundary confusion. An unbearable fight between the private you and what's public.

'Out there' is torture. You're disoriented. Uprooted. Lost.

You may feel like a no-thing...A nothing. Powerless, with no boundary for protection.

Panic may be one reason. (It's a big one.) Feeling victimized, you stay home. Afraid to connect with what's out of your comfort zone.

The truth is...

A panic attack, itself, is not dangerous. The good news is, a seasoned therapist helps you see this naked truth. Especially when you haven't been able to overcome them on your own. Get the help. You won't be sorry.

In any case...

Agoraphobia points to something else. A drive to find your center...your inner home. By staying home.

Yet...

To live, to have more of what life offers, is to experience what has real meaning...to you. Even when a noble goal is to feel safe anywhere. Including what's out there, in public.


Acute sensitivity to sights, sound and smells, disorient. Feeling assaulted, you crumble inside. Afraid to explode in panic. Have you yet figured out how to decode your anxiety disorder symptoms?

With agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder, it's crucial to have a boundary. For you, to feel safe. A physical one works. Like...your home.

But,...

This isn't always practical. Especially when there's a crying ache to become what you want to be. And, it isn't happening.

To feel truly safe, find your inner core. What makes you tick. Your center. So you're connected with yourself. Instead of feeling depersonalized. With no sense of who you are...really.

Your inner center becomes your point of reference. Goes with you...anywhere. With no confusion about where your space begins. Or, ends.

That being said...

Your comfort zone can stretch. And, this is a good thing. For your happiness.

Reconnect

When losing your inner center, there's a disconnect with what really matters to you. A loss of foundation. No structure. Meaning to your life.

With agoraphobia, the prime directive is to feel safe. However, this focus chucks what makes your life so much better...People and liveliness.

A few pointed questions, though, to ask yourself, can reconnect to your inner core. And, inspire to go after more life...for your life.

Not sure what makes your world rock? Elements 'on the outside' can reveal what's pleases you deep down.

For instance, good food. Having a shrewd eye for picking quality ingredients. And, like to pick and choose what you want. It makes you feel competent.

Or, children happily squealing at the playground. It reminds you of freedom and joy.

By staying at home because of agoraphobia, are you missing out?

So...

  • What really matters to you?
  • What is it that lights you up? Feeds you.

The clincher is...Why?

Take your time to address these questions. A secret for dealing with anxiety can help. Answers could reveal what was cut loose. And, can be the depression help you've been looking for.

Check out how Darlene Craviotto handled this, with 10 Things That Helped Me Get Over Agoraphobia. Once you've read the article, click on, at the bottom of the page, “One More Thing (Before I Forget)” in 'Related Articles'. It's a gem you don't want to miss.

Defend what makes you rock. It's a reference point to keep you grounded, connected. And, works with you so it's easier to weather uncertainty.

Remind yourself of what really matters. It ushers in tranquility. And, adds backbone to your life.

Don't you want this?

Center Yourself

Staying centered is an awareness skill. Sure, when in panic mode, you're brutally aware of discomfort. Become expert at detecting signs of panic.

But, centering yourself, offers another choice to cope with agoraphobia.

Centering can immediately settle you down. Wherever you are. Unruffled, you don't get sucked into feeling disoriented.

It is a supreme self-esteem booster. Imagine how easy it is to switch nervousness into serenity. Not get caught up in drama. And, manage agoraphobia.

The practice of centering yourself establishes structure in your life. Creates a foundation you can rely on. And, mastery over feeling confused.

Centering yourself creates a safe place you can bank on. An imaginary boundary. Grounded and connected with the you, who's really you. The world becomes less of a threat.

Anchor

A martial arts teacher once told me, years ago, a way to anchor. To remain steady when things could get out of control. And, it's stayed with me since. It works.

How to feel anchored...

  • Breathe evenly. Using your diaphragm.
  • Focus on a spot, about 2 inches below your belly button. Breathe.

A sense of stability washes over you. You'll feel grounded. Calmer.

When stressed...

Mentally focus on the spot 2 inches below your navel. Take 4-5 even breaths, through your diaphragm. You'll immediately feel different...clear-headed. And, steady.

Practice on a small scale to get used to it. In your home. And, when your stress level is slow.

Any situation making you feel on edge, because of agoraphobia, will do. For example, thinking about opening the front door to go outside. Brooding about going to the grocery store. Or, how you'll get the children to school.

What you're looking for, in centering yourself, is the experience of tranquility. And, to distinguish what really matters in your life. Not the fear, the uncertainty. But, the good things you enjoy and...want to enjoy even more.

The Key

Practice.

Repeated practice educates your brain to favor a calm, balanced state. As soon as you're off center, take the 2 quick steps, mentioned above, to re-center yourself. In a flash, you'll feel better. Solid.

Then, jog your memory of what really matters in your life.

An imaginary bubble forms. Becomes a blanket, wraps itself around you. And, stays with you, wherever you go.

You're worth it.
                                                      _______________________

Agoraphobia can point the need to find your center, your inner home.  It's a safe place you can take with you. Wherever you go. Don't you want to prize what really matters to you?



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