I have had panic attacks and anxiety since childhood. I never took medication for it until a few years ago and it changed my life. I still don't like being dependent upon the medication and have weaned myself off of the stronger dosage. Now I will go for days and then take it AS NEEDED. (Xanax) I still take my daily anti depressant along with my thyroid medication. I'm not even sure I need it as I was never depressed, only anxious. Depression was the first indicator that I had thyroid disease.
What really helps me is aerobics, and multi vitamins - the B women's ultra pack. A clean diet and really just taking care of myself and eliminating toxic people - the ones who "push my buttons".
I had a job that was so stressful once I became a shopaholic. I spent all my paychecks on clothes and crap just because I could. Now I am in a very healthy work situation, love my job, have great benefits and a much better life.
I wish you luck. That job isn't worth it - look around for something else.
current weight: 152.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,224)
7/1/14 4:15 P
This is so weird, I have been feeling the same way at work the past couple weeks. I will say, when I am able to get out over lunch I'm much better. In the past I have left the office and gone to a coffee shop to read for a while over lunch, you don't necessarily have to get coffee. Since everyone was bothering me over lunch today and it was raining pretty bad, I'm using some chai tea for an afternoon pick me up.
I would agree, you may want to discuss your issues with the medication with your doctor, they may be able to provide you with a stronger dose, or advise to take at a different time. My hubby was on some anxiety medication for a while, then it stopped working, the doctor told him to take it in the morning instead of at night and it made a difference. I'm not saying this will work for you, but check with your doctor.
current weight: 183.0
Fitness Minutes: (28,690)
7/1/14 2:53 P
My partner has suffered from anxiety for decades and has taken numerous medications over the years and all of them have caused similar side effects, brain fog, fatigue, feeling like a zombie. Even though exercise has been highly recommended for some reason they continue to resist this advice. Caffeine helps give them energy but increases the effects of the anxiety so it becomes a never ending cycle.
As someone who has experienced depression, insomnia and acute anxiety in the past, nothing has helped me more than a good hard workout, 4-5 times a week. My life has greatly improved through exercise. I resisted because I was overweight and lazy( antidepressants increased my weight gain and killed my motivation) but I now realized I suffered needlessly for years. Scheduling regular exercise has boosted my mood, improved my sleep and dampens the anxiety. Please read up on the positive effects of exercise on mood disorders and anxiety, better yet, get out there and work up a sweat. You will be amazed at the calmness and clarity you will experience.
"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abe Lincoln
current weight: 163.8
Fitness Minutes: (116,700)
8,607 6/30/14 10:58 P
I hear you on the job stress -- I also suffer from depression and panic attacks that are tied to my job, but can't leave for one that would be better suited to my personality (in my case because of law school debt). The depression predated law school (I've had periodic episodes since I was a teenager), but the panic attacks first started during law school and have gotten worse since I started working at a large, high-pressure firm. Not my first career choice (or second or third), but it was what was available to me, and I had those loans to pay off...
Anyway, for unrelated medical reasons, I had to go off all of my meds a while ago ago -- I've found that exercise, particularly outdoors, is extremely helpful in coping. If you can manage a walk at lunchtime, do it! It really does help break the tension. Even if you can get away from your desk and walk around inside the office for 5-10 minutes, that can really help.
working out is a good stress reliever. I would also go back and chat with your doctor about this......he needs to know what is going on so he can help you. for me a bubble bath is a stress reliever and so is going for a nice long walk. I also chat with Jesus and that helps. Good luck in this.
What are you doing for stress relief ? If you're in a job that is causing that kind of anxiety and you know you can't leave because you need the money, then you need to find ways to reduce your work stress.
Do you get a lunch hour ? If you've been working through lunch, that needs to stop. Lunch time is a good opportunity to take a walk around the area. Literally walk away from your job even if it's only for 30 minutes. It might be the refresher you need to make it through the rest of the day.
What do you do for exercise ? Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce stress as well as decrease depression as effectively as some medications. If you aren't engaged in regular exercise, I'm going to encourage to start. If you have a gym membership, are you using it ? If not, time to start going. Try some classes. Zumba is not only a great workout, it's a lot of fun too.
Regular exercise can also help boost your energy levels.
I'm no doctor, but it sounds like the your job stress is the primary cause of your energy drain. Some jobs really can zap the life out of person. Which is why it's important to try to exercise more regularly to reduce stress, boost energy and decrease depression.
If you need a drink of some sort to get you through the afternoon, consider sapping coffee for HERBAL tea. think green teas or maybe a nice spiced tea instead of the darker teas. Chamomile and peppermint are both noted for their relaxing properties. Try an herbal tea.
If you don't want tea, you could consider a protein drink. just watch the ingredients. Some of those protein shakes or smoothies can be high in additives (caffeine) and calories. You could make your own protein smoothie at home and bring it to work.
I've been having panic attacks for nearly five years now, ever since I started my current job. While I'm in the process of pursuing another career, I can't exactly leave because, well, we all need a paycheck. My doctor has me on Effexor for anxiety and depression. I was on Ativan, but that was making me like a zombie. As of late, however, I'm feeling more and more like a zombie once again. I don't want to go off of Effexor, though, because I feel so much happier on it. I just find that I need more caffeine, but as a result that's making me more anxious.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for getting energy without so much caffeine? I'm down to two cups of coffee a day; anything less and I get a migraine, so it's not an option to quit it. I was drinking Diet Pepsi, and that helped. But the caffeine is making me jittery. I just don't know what to do. I've been exercising, and that's helped relieve some anxiety. Would love some suggestions.
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