Not very well. I am currently not in therapy or taking any medication (other than an over the counter herbal supplement called Valerian root)
I journal (blog) and meditate, and otherwise just try and fake my way through each day. The anxiety still flares up a lot, but I am a little better at masking it when I am at work. I will say that journaling and mediating have helped, a lot though.
Mary-Catherine "Fall seven times, get up eight"
current weight: 147.0
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A lot of my anxiety stems from not having much to do during the day and getting lonely while my boyfriend is at work. What has recently been helping me in that aspect of my anxiety is to list out on our whiteboard every little thing I am going to do that day. Example day: Wake up Brush teeth, wash face Breakfast Computer/SP/Tubmlr Workout video take penny out nap etc, so on and so forth for literally every little thing I do. I even mark time slots for writing, reading, and planting. It's very helpful in giving me something to focus on other than "Oh my gosh where is Rich when will he be home i must call him," etc etc.
I take Zoloft 25 mg. and exercise is a great anxiety reliever. I also work with a great group of people in the law enforcement field and have developed different coping mechanisims to help with my PTSD from things they have told me or done for me.
Kansas~ CST Each step taken is a calorie left behind!
I've been trying to stay mindful, focused on the current instead of dwelling on negative thoughts. If it gets a little loud in my head and I can't focus, I try (try) to mediate for 5 minutes. It helps get through most days. Hard to turn around once I get rolling on a bad day, though.
Had to get a message today at the physical therapy office and my daughter came in and read her version of Green Eggs and Ham to me. Her sweet little voice helped me get through it and she was happy to be with mommy.
For me since anxiety isnt the only thing I struggle with I take many medications. For the anxiety/depression I am taking Buspar and Welbutrin. I wouldn't say that I have my life back. I if I get out and about I never go by myself although I am getting better going out by myself with my dog taking a walk of about an hour...but then again there isnt many people along my route. I have to say it is managed as long as I don't try to jump into something to fast....the going is really slow. I have been on stronger meds(actually many different kinds) in the last year and a half.
Lisa -- A&I Diving Divas (Aug)
HW 186(Sept 2010) SW: 183(Jan 2011) CW 162.8 (July 24, 2012) GW 127 by December 21, 2012
I manage my anxiety with medication (Zoloft 75 mg). I used to do deep breathing and just tried to cope on my own, but it just became too much. Though I had yucky side effects in the beginning, I finally feel like I'm starting to get my life back.
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