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6/11/08 9:58 A

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Meditation sounds great, but I can never seem to get there. If I sit and meditate I usually fall asleep. So I guess, rest helps me alot too. Journalling and praying work best for me. And talking to others. Thanks SparkFriends

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6/10/08 11:44 P

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Today I went to a brew pub that was packed and I was very high with anxiety. So, I kept looking at my boyfriend and kept talking to him no matter what, and taking deep breaths, while I was there and it helped. Taking Deep Breaths, is key for me.

When I get to 150, I'm going to have all my old friends, who treated me bad come to a bar. Then I'm going to walk in and strut my stuff in a mini skirt and black boots, and say "Look at Me Now!" LOL JK


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6/10/08 9:58 P

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Meditation has worked for me in the past, but I really find that the best anxiety reliever for me is hard exercise, which, hopefully has the added benefit of helping me lose weight?
Today I was spiralling down into anxiety over having the windows replaced in my old (110 yrs!) house and the problems that might arise, and would I be able to get anyone to do the job, and yadda yadda yadda, you know what it's like! Anyway, I went out for an hour's swim and the anxiety is gone...such a relief. I get the same feeling when I'm at the gym or just walking around the block.
I love meditation, but the ironic thing is, I have to be calm to do it! Go figure.
Izzy
ps - healthy grandson born 31 May - mother, father, son and grandmother all doing well! LOL

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6/10/08 7:54 P

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I have heard good things about a thing called "vipassanā meditation". I've only just recently started trying it, so we'll have to wait and see how it goes. I am hopeful, though.

"For me, it is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." --Carl Sagan


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5/19/08 7:02 P

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Hi Everyone. Hi Julie and Izzy.

Julie so glad you had a relaxing massage. You deserve something special.

Izzy congrats on being a grandmother. I hear ya on the catastrophising....I'm guilty as charged...LOL. Just try and think of how exciting it will be when the baby comes. Ty putting your worries in a box and put the box on a shelf. Worry about them later and then only allow yourself to worry for a short period of time. When the anxiety levels start to sky rocket it's time to put the worries back in the box. You can do this mentally or even physically.

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5/19/08 3:31 P

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Wow, a new baby. I can understand the anxiety on that. Her first. I can't even imagine that at this time in my life. Just handling a 16yr, and 13yr girls is plenty. Their teen drama is enough for anyone. Is this your first granchild? It has to be exciting though. Is she having a girl or boy? Just remember worrying today doesn't fix tomorrow, only makes today longer. have a great day. emoticon

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5/19/08 3:24 P

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I'm doing pretty well, Julie. I find it's easy to let myself slip into an anxious state cos I'm a worrier. If I don't have something/someone to worry about, I can invent something! Right now, my anxiety trigger is my daughter, who is expecting a baby any day now. I don't know why I'm anxious - it's not like she's the first person in the world to ever have a baby!!! But there you go - one of the things girls like us tend to do is take things to there worst possible imaginable conclusion (catastrophising - I think it's a word?!!?) So, I've learned to minimize that as much as possible. All that blather to say that, despite my worry about my daughter, it has been a wonderful long weekend (Victoria Day here in Canada) and I'm looking forward to the summer (right now it's cold and rainy out!)

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5/19/08 12:39 P

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How are you doing Izzy? I hope your weekend was good.

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5/19/08 11:54 A

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Glad to hear you took care of yourself and had a good weekend. Keep it up!
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5/19/08 11:41 A

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I am so glad, to hear of other suggestions. This weekend, after the anxiety of prom and drama performance, I went to the chiro and got a 30 min massage and then went and worked out for about an hour. I felt a real good release of tension and anxiety. Of course, I took a 3 hour nap and that was awesome. But, I am doing pretty good. I feel like I am coming down from the high/anxiety and it makes me sleepy. I hope everyone had good weekends.

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5/17/08 4:12 P

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I think you all gave great ideas. For sure, exercising is great, and it works pretty well for me, specially the hard ones. I always try to go to the gym when there's nothing I can do about my anxiety.
And I've also tried meditation techiniques. It's hard when you're in the middle of a crisis, but it does help. The best is start practicing when you're not anxious, to get used to it.
It really helps.

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5/17/08 8:17 A

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I agree - there's nothing like a good cry to release the anxiety. If you're in a place where you can do it - let 'er rip!
The great thing today is that people are not 'afraid' to tell others that they suffer. When I was younger there was a huge stigma attached to it. Especially since I worked in a male dominated, high stress job where 'weakness' was not tolerated. What I found out later was that a number of the men I worked with also suffered from anxiety and panic attacks and unfortunately, they gook the 'male' way out - being aggressive and nasty or drinking too much. Things are much better these days! :)

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5/16/08 10:56 P

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These are all great ideas everyone!

Izzy~ Welcome to the team! I too have found exercise very helpful with anxiety. In fact since I've read your post I've begun to wonder if my lack of exercise the past week or so is contributing to my increase in anxiety. Hmmmm will think on that.

Ok how I deal with anxiety: Sometimes I practice deep breathing....inhaling deep from the diaphram, holding it for a second and then exhaling sloooowly. I repeat that about 5- 10 times. There are times I just cry too. Just let it all go. I also find it helpful to talk to someone who is supportive....supportive being the key word!

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5/16/08 7:11 P

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Hi everyone. I'm a 'recovering' anxiety sufferer with bouts now and then. But there was a time (in my 30's, especially, but also into my early 40's) when I was almost paralyzed with it. I used many different approaches to gaining control over my anxiety, but one of the most important, and the one I most rely on today, is exercise - hard, sweating, panting, getting those endorphins up, exercise. It's amazing how that can alleviate your symptoms.
btw, I just joined the group.
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I love the idea mentioned about asking myself what is causing it, is it really that bad, etc. Thanks!

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5/16/08 11:01 A

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Journal it. I forgot that one, on my previous post. Sometimes just writing down what your thinking and feeling or even just writing whatever random thoughts you are having. I helps me kind of purge it. Hope that helps.

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JulieD had some really great suggestions. I also try list making, just to organize my thoughts and keep them from crashing around in my head and overwhelming me. Different kinds of exercise, from vigorous to yoga, can be helpful. It gives your body something else to focus on instead of your mind. And sometimes the simple act of just deep breathing quiets my mind and heart and helps to calm me. Also researching anxiety and gaining more knowledge about it and trying some techniques helps; it makes me feel like I'm not alone, people know about it, and there can be relief.

Remember that we are not alone here; there are plenty of people on SP who share our difficulties. Hope that helps!

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5/16/08 9:56 A

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Prayer first off. If I can get my focus off what is causing the anxiety it helps. But usually that feels impossible. But exercise has seemed to help. I usually try to talk myself through it. Why am i feeling this way? What is so bad that I am feeling this way? Is it really that bad, is there a direct cause, can I change it, if I can't change it, what else can I do? I go through the whole thing. My counselor recommends self talk or motivation in trying to discover the cause and avoid, pre medicate etc. Hope you are doing better.

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When I am plagued with anxiety, I feel sick! I can't think. I can't do anything. What do you do to stop the anxiety in its tracks?

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