Hello and welcome. I start having fear and anxiety just thinking about going somewhere....like we have friends that want to go camping about 2 hours away. I love to camp but all these "what if" thoughts keep going through my head...arggg
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Hi Dominique, I too suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. The last few days have had mild anxiety attacks. I try to work through them with breathing exercises and a little bit of stretching or I go to the YMCA and work out depending on the degree of the anxiety attack. Besides the anxiety attacks I suffer from major depression so some days are really hard.
Keep doing what you are doing. I wish you the best.
Dominique, We do support and learn fom each other. Its great that you are doing reaserch and trying different things. I do most all of things Diane in the previous post does. When I joined on I went through and red a lot of the previous posts to get information from people who have suffered not just studied our condition. Jill
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Hi Dominique and That is fantastic that you have not had a panic attack in over a month now :) Small things that helped me when I when having the constant worry was a lot of diversion. If I noticed that I was dwelling on something or worrying I would say the Lord's Prayer or the Serenity Prayer. I looked for something to do that would require all of my focus, like a hobby. I always enjoyed reading so I looked for really great books. I know people who have taken up photography. It just needs to be something you really love so that you can focus on that. I started walking outside everyday - no matter what the weather. The exercise and sunshine helped so much. I took a women's vitamin everyday. I tried to eat 6 small meals everyday so there where not big spikes and then low dips in my blood sugar. I can't remember the last time I had a full blown panic attack but I get very anxious before and during my period. Just a few nights ago I felt one coming on. I said to myself: There is nothing wrong and you need to think about something else. So I got up from what I was doing, went to the bathroom, did some slow breathing exercise and read the newspaper. The feeling went away but I stayed apprehensive until I went to sleep. You will find things that work for you and I can tell you are getting better everyday. Eating better and exercising can only help :)
I just joined the team. I suffer from panic attacks and constant worry. I know that worry is self defeating because life happens whether we worry or not. I also know realistically that I can get through an anxiety attack.
I have also recently begun to look at the root causes of panic attacks on all levels: physical. mental, emotional and spiritual. I have begun to look at the fabric of my life in these aspects and see where I am not aligning with my true self. While all this is helping and I am learning all the time how best to cope, the attacks still happen.
I am glad to say that I have not had a full blown panic attack since the 15th April. I had a really bad one that night and it was hectic. It sparked a look at my life and I came to some great realizations.
Something else that I have found recently is an acronym. "Fully Excited and Ready" (for adventure). When I feel anxious I repeat this and the mantra "No fear, just trust" and it is working.
Looking for support in this facet of my journey and this seems like a really active team.
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