Thanks for taking the time to answer me. I totally understand. I am trying very hard to make exercise work and have done a few other things. In the morning when I first wake up I worry about everything and am just pinned in bed. I put a TV into my room and now in the morning I turn it on and then try to get moving and quit thinking.
Yes with the generalized anxiety disorder, it is anxiety that is not attached to a particular event, but is "generalized", thus the name it's given. You can worry about anything at any given time, whether it be your health, finances, work, even just every day stuff becomes a reason to worry. The treatment I receive doesn't completely shut it off, though I sure wish it would! But it does help to take the edge off and refocus my energy on more positive things like my volunteer work, my friends, my daily exercise and weekly therapy. The anxiety is always lurking, but I do things to help stuff it back in. I hope that makes sense. It's a bit hard to describe.
I have found exercise to be one of the top ways of coping with my anxiety. Your worries are few when you are exercising because it gets your mind focused on something else. I have generalized anxiety disorder, so I am a constant worrier. The exercise along with weekly therapy and medications helps to keep me sane.
Thanks. I find that (most of the time) exercising when I'm anxious will help me get through a fear and it helps my body and mind. So even though it's fearful when I start I usually end up feeling a lot better and I see I'm not 'dying'... Working through my fears is hard!
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Thanks for this post. Exercise does help my anxiety. I often exercise alone at home so there is no stress of being around others. I am going to a gym with my daughter tomorrow so I will see if I have more stress.
Exercise is stressful for me. My anxiety increases when I go to exercise because of the number of people there. The rewards afterwards outweigh the anxiety problems that I face. After exercising I feel like I have more energy to do things and the accomplishment of staying and exercising is quite satisfying.
Please tell me if exercising helps you control your anxiety. Last night I did an hour of cardio, slept well, and this morning had a sense of well being. I am optomistic that if I can maintain the discipline to exercise I can control the anxiety which is usually worse in the morning and can linger during the day.
I saw this on another group and thought I would post it here.
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