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I use many of the ways you suggested. Thank you
Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.
Oro Valley, AZ
I agree with everyone else [Breathing deep, anti-depressants, and exercise!] These are the building blocks of a battle front against anxiety. Don't forget to take your vitamins too. [Super Vitamin B COMPLEX in liquid form is best- you can get it at Walmart.] Omega 3, 6 & 9, fish oil, flaxseed oil [you can get them in an All In One type of supplement] but its great for the heart [and we know aniety is tough on the heart.] Also EAT YOUR GREENS! Broccoli, spinach, brussle sprouts [green veggies are so good for ppl with aniety ans/or depression!]
Some other things that have helped me through tough spells:
*Reading the Bible [especially the book of Psalms]
*Drink Ensure Plus shakes when I'm too anious to eat [b/c it at least helps me keep my strength up.]
*Soothing music [I like Jack Johnson, Bob Marley]
*Talk it out either to a close friend [or spouse] or in PRAYER
*Clonzopan medicine has helped when nothing else would [you may ask your doc about it]
*SLEEP! Which is sooooo hard to do when having anxiety- I KNOW! But I've found that taking melatonin helps tremendously! Its natural and it also seems to calm the aniety down for me a little too.
I hope at least one of these ideas helps you. They have all made a huge difference in my life. Remember to you can always sparkmail me. If you just need to talk it out I'm one click away.
Have you taken your Spark walk today? Just a little exercise goes along way toward putting the anxiety away. The endomorphins help your mood and help you get moving. If you can't walk then try to find something that will get you moving. You may have to force yourself to do it but the pay off is huge.
Each step taken is a calorie lest behind!
Don't quit! Tomorrow is another day to Sparkle.
I agree with the deep breathing - that has helped me before. When I had bad anxiety I would breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, hold it for 2 seconds, then exhale for 6 seconds, and repeat. (My doctor told me to do that).
Have you considered any other medications besides Xanax? I know Xanax is good for immediate relief, however in the long term you may want to consider speaking to your doctor about getting on another medication if the anxiety is that bad. I got to the point where I eventually went in and started Zoloft. It took about a month and a half to work 100% but now I feel great. The anxiety is almost non-existant (and previously is was almost debilitating). Either which way, I hope that the anxiety lessens for you. I know how miserable that feeling is.
Once the thoughts get going it's hard to stop them. When I have this problem I do the same thing I do when I'm having an asthma attack: breathe deep, in and out, as slowly as you can. I count to four with each inhalation and exhalation and count slower as my breaths gradually increase in length. Breathing in through your nose if you can - it helps. Best wishes - I'm thinking of you!
Itake 4 one mg xanax a day to kind of maintain a steady block agaisnt anxiety. usually it helps but right now my anxiety is so high it is breaking thru the medication. any advice on how to dial it down. there is a lot to worry about right now, and I am in super serious worry mode and finding it hard to keep those worry thoughts out of my mind. at least the xanax is working on the physical symptoms that always went with my anxiety--stiff neck and shoulders, gritting my teeth migraines--at least I'm not dealing with that, too.
keep trying despite failure, and if you perservere, eventually you WILL succeed.