My heart began racing and pounding. I had the feeling that I was going to die and I was shaking. My chest hurt. I felt dizzy and that I was out of control. The fear was excruciating. That was 36 years ago. My first anxiety attack.
My name is David Blaser. I’m a successful Executive Coach and I have successfully triumphed over anxiety and depression. I’m proud to be associated with the Peloton Ride and their efforts to raise funds to support men’s mental health initiatives and suicide awareness.
My first experience with anxiety came at a time of life transition, from university to the world of work. Many men experience anxiety and depression at the various transition periods of life: education to work, married to divorced, prosperity to scarcity. I wasn’t aware of the anxiety that was building within and the anxiety attack it would produce. Awareness is my now my ally. What differentiates men from people who experience anxiety and depression is their ability to isolate.
I was fortunate to be supported by family and friends who cared. Here’s my formula to help move through anxiety and depression.
- See a doctor to ensure you are physically okay
- Seek the help of a professional who knows how to treat anxiety and depression with experience in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Medication can help
- Despite being scary, know that anxiety attacks are not life threatening
- Allow time to pass, distract yourself while experiencing anxiety. Your body will take care of the rest.
You, too, can triumph over anxiety and depression.
See you at The Peloton Ride – One Great Ride, Just like Life.
– David Blaser, supporter of the Kintsugi Alliance for Men’s Mental Health