This article took me some time originally planned during the last year‚ however‚ for various reasons and total lack of confidence in myself‚ it never happened‚ however‚ since I have started to create articles for another organization and close friends.
So‚ anxiety and the track not exactly the things you would put together well‚ it’s actually not that unusual a lot of my favourite race drivers have admitted they suffer from this dreadful mental health condition.
And I am a motor-sport fan and freelance photographer so this is how I cope with the unexpected and changes that would normally cause me to stress out‚ start to get worried and potentially at the worst cause panic attacks.
Before the event…
To help me minimize unnecessary worry 2 or 3 days before the event I make sure I have everything but I am human and occasionally my checks still miss something‚ but I try really hard not to do that because I will worry and then likely start panicking which is which often results in a dreaded panic attack for me.
Arriving at the track & the day ahead
This is a really hard thing for me to be honest‚ I hate unfamiliar environments which is not unusual‚ however‚ some with anxiety don’t suffer from this‚ but those that do it takes some time to adapt‚ however‚ at an event I am there for a short time so I haven’t got time to properly adapt so I need to use a fast alternative.
Well‚ my solution here is my photography not only do I love photography it also requires full attention and being able to think very fast a fraction of second difference out and the shot you really want is likely already gone.
But has It completely stopped my risk of panic or anxiety attacks occurring?
No. I am always aware there is still a risk.
While my photography help’s me a huge amount it’s not the only tool I use to help me when in unfamiliar surroundings the other is google maps‚ with this being able to work pretty much anywhere with a mobile signal It’s invaluable as I can check out where things are while I could do this with signposts there often is very little or you cannot see them due to tents etc.
Going Track Side
This is probably one of the easier aspects of the of the day for me usually as most circuits paddocks are pretty compact and become crowded really quickly I can easily move around Track side in allowed areas if I am not happy.
But again with my photography‚ I am usually concentrating on taking photos and focusing on ambient sounds etc. So that I can time my photography so really‚ I am not worrying too much if at all
The end of the day.
This is another hard part of the day for me because I am happy as I have had a great time‚ but also because I start worrying about how busy public transport is going to be and coping with an ongoing back issue and so heightens my worrying and also my anxiety levels start to rise again and so does the risk of a panic attack.
I cope with both problems in 2 separate way’s;
- For my back‚ I have pain relief helping to reduce the discomfort alongside my monopod for additional support it can take a huge amount of weight pushing down on it so I am able to use it as a walking stick and help propel myself forwards.
side‚ I focus on positive’s I can detect the symptoms of attacks in most cases very quickly now and I start to react to it the breathing techniques I have learnt and continue to develop and adapt for myself once.
- on public transport I am usually ok as I have developed other techniques to cope with that which I
wontgo into here.
Go out there and have fun guys