I've been touched by some posts on here lately, brave souls who have been open and honest about their internal struggles in their everyday. As I'm setting off on my road trip around Scotland tomorrow, I wanted to write a few words about how important this trip has become to me. I've lived with panic attacks since I was 23. It shocked me when I realised that this is more than half my life. They are ugly and frightening. First, my heart lurches, then along come the sweats, dry mouth, gasping for breath. My ever increasing heart beat thumping in my chest. When I'm in this place, I always think that this one will lead to a heart attack. They are very clever. They don't affect or interrupt work. They love to manifest themselves when we're going to social occasions or about to travel somewhere for pleasure. I can't tell you how many trips we've had to rearrange as I've been so frightened of having a panic attack. The anxiety has led to depression over the last few years, I've found it hard to even say that word. At the beginning of the year, after being in bed with flu, it hit me. It was a pretty dark scary place. I'm grateful for having such a supportive partner and friends, and after seeing an array of therapists to no avail, thankfully I'm seeing one now who gets it. It's helping.

Coming out of it, all I could think about was a trip to the wilds of Scotland. My internal voice of anxiety has been wittering about having panic attacks on the journey, but I'm not giving it airtime. I need this trip so much and my excitement is winning over the panic!

So this is where I find myself the day before I set off. I'm just doing my final bits of packing, chatting with Suzi about where I'm going. I'm doing the North Coast 500 trip around the very tip of Scotland. So for the next 10 days, my feed will look a little bit different! If you're here at the end of this elongated post, thanks for listening 😊x #storiesoftheeveryday
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  • sarahmasonphotoukI've been touched by some posts on here lately, brave souls who have been open and honest about their internal struggles in their everyday. As I'm setting off on my road trip around Scotland tomorrow, I wanted to write a few words about how important this trip has become to me. I've lived with panic attacks since I was 23. It shocked me when I realised that this is more than half my life. They are ugly and frightening. First, my heart lurches, then along come the sweats, dry mouth, gasping for breath. My ever increasing heart beat thumping in my chest. When I'm in this place, I always think that this one will lead to a heart attack. They are very clever. They don't affect or interrupt work. They love to manifest themselves when we're going to social occasions or about to travel somewhere for pleasure. I can't tell you how many trips we've had to rearrange as I've been so frightened of having a panic attack. The anxiety has led to depression over the last few years, I've found it hard to even say that word. At the beginning of the year, after being in bed with flu, it hit me. It was a pretty dark scary place. I'm grateful for having such a supportive partner and friends, and after seeing an array of therapists to no avail, thankfully I'm seeing one now who gets it. It's helping.

    Coming out of it, all I could think about was a trip to the wilds of Scotland. My internal voice of anxiety has been wittering about having panic attacks on the journey, but I'm not giving it airtime. I need this trip so much and my excitement is winning over the panic!

    So this is where I find myself the day before I set off. I'm just doing my final bits of packing, chatting with Suzi about where I'm going. I'm doing the North Coast 500 trip around the very tip of Scotland. So for the next 10 days, my feed will look a little bit different! If you're here at the end of this elongated post, thanks for listening 😊x #storiesoftheeveryday
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    #thesincerestoryteller #itsgoodtotalk #timetotalk #mentalhealthawareness #personalpost #mentalhealthmatters #mindfulness #postivevibes #personalpost #slowliving #momentsofmine #littlestoriesofmylife #aquietstyle #seeksimplicity #mysimplethings

  • laurapowell82Hugs lovely lady xxxxxx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@studio_villnis Thanks Emma, and thanks for sharing your words, have a peaceful weekend 💚✨
  • sarahmasonphotouk@catherine_woodall Ohhh Cathy. I am sending a big hug up that hill! See you when I get back - I can officially start your lovely book tomorrow 😊✨xx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@laurapowell82 See you soon xxx
  • tobyjewelleryBrave words from a lovely lady. All the best for your trip, it sounds amazing. X
  • flissyflossyGood luck Sarah. An incredible challenge! X
  • newstaircasegood luck lovely Sarah xxx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@tobyjewellery Thanks Toby. Have a great week x
  • sarahmasonphotouk@flissyflossy Thanks Fliss xx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@newstaircase Thanks dear Ffion. See you when I get back xx
  • laurabicHave a wonderful trip @sarahmasonphotouk thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing more about your travels over the coming days x
  • suefilmingLove to you darling. Fantastic adventures a strong profound choice on the pathway to recovery. Xx
  • awalkinthewildReally good! 🗺
  • gallery339Love to you. X
  • gallery339And to Suzi. X
  • hannahnunnstudioLove to you you brave woman x
  • sarahmasonphotouk@laurabic Thanks Lauraxx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@suefilming Thanks lovely xx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@gallery339 Cutie. Love to you too xx
  • sarahmasonphotouk@hannahnunnstudio Much love back dear friend 🌿xx
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