I have an irrational fear of being home alone at night. I have no idea what caused it but I have always been afraid of the dark.
I'm looking for ideas to manage it as DH is going away for work this week. I got a referral to a psych but I'm not able to get an appointment before DH goes away.
Breathing exercises don't work for me, neither does progressive muscle relaxation. I have been trying guided meditation & it helps a bit but I'm only really new at it & need a lot more practice & yet to try it when I'm highly anxious.
Usually when I'm in this situation I'm on the edge of a panic attack the entire time & then if I try & go to sleep that sets one off. I have a night-light or sleep with the light on, I leave a radio or the tv on, I have my phone & a torch right next to me, I check the house is secure etc, what else can I do??
At this point I'm considering just sitting up watching movies for the entire night. I will still be extremely anxious but hopefully will be able to avoid panic attacks. Only problem with that is I have to work the following day which is a problem if I've had no sleep at all.
My parents don't have a spare bed so I can't stay there & I don't have anyone who could come over.
I'm terrified about hurting the baby with the panic attacks!
I asked DH not to go away with work while I was pregnant but he reckons he doesn't have a choice.
Really worried & no clue what to do!