Hello and welcome. Meds do not work for me - side effects; however I do have Xanax for bad attacks away from home. I've had the prescription for over a year and have only taken 2....I hate prescription drugs. I'm going through a book my therapist approved 'The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety'. Exercise (yoga being one) has really helped. So yes keep exercising even when you don't feel like it - take a long walk if nothing else gets you going. I drink tea to calm down and it's helped a lot and I've found an all natural lozenge but can't remember the name right now. We can get over this, it will not master us anymore!! Oh and I'm a worrywart too. I found a cute book something about a worrywarts prayers and I pray them LOL
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Thank you all for replying. After posting last night I found the motivation to go to a yoga class today. I feel great after going and think that it will help. I'm still on the fence with meds and will give it a little bit more time before I decide. I would like to go the natural way but if things continue down this path than I feel I have no choice. There are so many good things in life that we all should enjoy. Anxiety definitely holds me back and I don't want it to anymore.
Welcome to team. I have the same issues as you and have had them all my life. I also hear the same thing...QUIT WORRYING...etc. It is no help to hear those things. I do go to talk therapy and I am taking Lexapro which helps me. However, I had two bouts of terrible anxiety this week. Hope you find the help that you need. You have found a team of understanding members.
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People also tell me "don't worry" or "lighten up". It makes me feel even worse when I hear those things.
I'm not on meds anymore although I probably should be. I've been putting off getting back into therapy. I rather go a more natural approach if possible. It just feels like I'm poisoning my body when I use meds.
YOU SOUND JUST LIKE ME. I HAVE HAD ANXIETY FOR YEARS AND TOOK PAXIL FOR 10 YEARS UNTIL LAST NOV. IT STOPPED WORKING SO MY DR. TRIED LEXIPRO DIDN'T WORK SO NOW I AM ON CELEXA, BUT I STILL HAVE BAD DAYS. LIKE YOU SOMETIMES I THINK I AM GOING NUTS AND I WORRY WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF I DO THIS OR THAT. NOT A GOOD WAY TO GO THROUGHT LIFE I WISH I COULD SHUT IT OFF ALSO.
Hello, I joined the group a few days ago and I've been reading about so many people with similar anxiety issues. It really feels good to relate with so many stories. I stress out so much that I pretty much shut down and it's gotten worse the older I get. I am a definite worry wort. People just tell me to "snap out of it" or "don't worry." But it's not that easy for me. I'm debating about going to talk to my dr about it all but I'm not sure if meds are right for me. Sometimes I would just love to have an on/off button to my brain (if that sounds weird). I've done yoga and feel that it helps a little bit but I feel that I still have my anxiety attacks that can last for awhile. I should probably get back into yoga on a regular basis. I mean it can't hurt me, right? But are meds the better way to go?
Anyway, it's nice to know there are other people out there. Sometimes I feel like I'm going nuts and it's frustrating. Maybe just being in this group can help. :-)
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