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6/3/13 8:47 A

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Here's an unusual method that's helped me: I think of the worst that can happen and ask myself what I'd do in response. I usually find that I could cope with the worst, even if I were really unhappy about it. We humans do... and oddly, I take a measure of strength from that.

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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4/30/13 2:38 A

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A good science fiction draws me away from the stress of the day. Also I enjoy playing video games to distract me and concentrate on.

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4/26/13 8:36 A

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I think walking's the best exercise on the planet, Steven - good for you! And it does have an almost magical way of relieving stress, too.

In the afternoon, I treat myself to a nice hour of lighting a scented candle in my favorite upstairs bedroom (which is just my "sitting room," so to speak), sitting back in my recliner, close the blinds, pulling up my homemade afghan (wrought by my own hands, too), put on my iPod's headphones, and listen to a "deep sleep" hypnosis .mp3. I get up an hour later, make dinner, and am a happy, less-stressed camper.

I always look forward to this wonderful little hour of the day. It recharges my batteries, too.

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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4/26/13 4:00 A

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Also I walk or some other form of exercise helps get my breathing going and blood going to my head.

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4/22/13 12:27 P

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..and that is real wisdom in action, too! emoticon

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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4/22/13 12:19 P

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I am just taking live one moment at a time!

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Steven ~Southwest PA



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4/21/13 10:42 A

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Steven, your Mom's tragic situation and the stress surrounding awaiting the result of your SSD review constitute what I'd call considerable, even severe, stress... I wish you as many moments and stretches of peace as you can find through these wise coping skills. When coupled with the other stressors life regularly hands us, they must feel a bit overwhelming at times.

You are doing a noble, courageous job in combating them. I wish you peace and serenity...

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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4/21/13 2:33 A

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I am so sorry for your tragic loss.

I have been seeing the same psychiatrist for the past twenty five years.
He prescribes me medications to deal with stress and anxiety.
When I first have an anxiety attack,as I call them,I first take the PRN's or 'as needed' medications that I am allowed to take.
Next I will focus on my breathing. A good spark friend showed me a breathing method, you breath in for a 4 count hold for a 7 count and release for an 8 count.
Also my peer support counselor suggests breathing in for a three count holding for a 3 count and releasing for a three count.
Also I way of breathing I found is cupping your hands around your mouth and hands and breathing through them.
I also like to listen to music to calm me down.
I love to walk and walking helps me a lot and gets my exercise in.
Also I will pray Hail Mary's and our Father's even the Rosary this also causes a breathing method.

Usually as I go through these steps I can break out of the anxiety attack. Like you sometimes I am fearful of upcoming events and I am learning more to just try living in the moment.

Currently my dear Mom is in hospice care at an excellent care home. She has lung cancer from years of smoking. She suffered a stroke about 18 months ago and developed dementia. Her left lung does not work and she sleeps 99% of the time. She barely wakes for puree food fed to her. This is a major stress for me, but it has been going on since last August, when she needed to be placed into hospice care. Also, I am under a State review for my Social Security Disability pension. Each day is a trial of emotions as I go to my mail box for the results.

I hope I have helped you in any way, that is my goal, not to describe my problems but to help you.

Have a healthy day!

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4/19/13 6:56 P

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First and foremost, I am so sorry for the very painful loss you sustained, MORGANPARK. It's not hard to see how you might still be troubled by feelings of loss, dread, and certainly a great deal of grief. I hope that every single day will bring you a measure of peace and healing, because you've sustained a terrible loss... emoticon

It's surely understandable that this might leave you feeling so much more vulnerable in the face of anxiety - I can see why you have sought some immediate relief in the form of those foods. I hope you can find some local support in the form of a therapist or grief support group where you live, because it might well be that you'd find a direct source of nearby comfort that way...

What I do for anxiety and panic varies, according to what feels best in the moment, though I don't use food anymore for this (because I found, through years of experience, it only complicates all that stress by having to face added weight as well). If I can find something to completely engage me and absorb my interest, that's a big part of it. Reading, watching YouTube or Netflix, talking to another family member, or just window-shopping can distract me from these very uncomfortable feelings. It seems that for me, anyway, different situations call for different approaches.

I wish you strength and answers to this dilemma as you explore the possibilities for healing. emoticon

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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2/11/13 9:07 A

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Thanks guys for responding. That's a good description of the panic...LOST in my thoughts. I'm going to try music and relaxation white noise -- which I happen to have an AP for on my phone for helping me get to sleep.

When I practice yoga on a regular basis and run it helps. Although recently my panic paralyzed me from doing either. That's NOT good. If I can do something immediately which doesn't require me to plan -- that helps. I'm hoping turning on a song or a sound can do that for me.

Someone from our group wrote a really good blog -- Casya88 -- called 50 stress busting tips. In #32, she described sitting in the corner of a room, and ping-ponging your eyes between two points while deep breathing. A hypnotic approach I suppose. I tried it, and it's very relaxing.

I'm having a good day today -- thankfully. I'm sending good thoughts that we can all have a peaceful day today. emoticon

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2/9/13 9:33 A

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emoticon Hi!

I've struggled with anxiety and worry for most of my life, so my heart goes out to you. Panic attacks are very scary. I too overeat when stressed or anxious. I have found if it's not too late in the day taking a short brisk walk helps relieve the tension and anxiety....if you are lost in your thoughts take an ipod or Cd Walkman with you and listen to your fave music. Speaking of music. There are a lot of wonderful CD's that have relaxation music such as ocean waves, rain, classical, all types of soothing stuff. You can find them at Target or Walmart. Sometimes even the dollar store has them. When I listen to the music I practice deep breathing. What I do is called square breathing.

What you do is take a deep breath through your nose breathing deep from your diaphragm , hold it while counting to 4. @ 4 Slowly exhale counting till 4. Count to 4 again before repeating the pattern. Do this at least 3 or 4 times to calm self down.

Other things that help as far as the food thing is simply not having the trigger foods in the home. Easier said than done I know.

Have you tried journaling? At times I have found relief from that....just writing it all out helps rid it from my brain.

Do you see a Dr. for your anxiety? If not it might not hurt to talk with one and see what he/she has to say.

Hope you find relief soon.
emoticon Cynthia

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I used to pace a lot, but that didn't help. I go to the Y and walk there sometimes. I try to read if I can. I might watch movies on the computer. Exercise often helps if I can keep focused not wander aimlessly. Eating is the farthest thing from my mind. I don't want to see food. I can't eat until I'm calm even if that takes days. I've gone as long as a week not eating due to panic. Usually, panic attacks only last a few minutes and I can eat a few hours later.

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2/8/13 10:19 P

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I'm not sure if I'm having a panic attack, but just the thought of an uncomfortable situation -- usually something in the future sends me into an anxious mode. I can't think of anything else. I can't concentrate on whatever task is at hand. I'm distracted, Worst of all, I reach for food. The roof of my mouth is almost raw from chewing on chips, nuts, or whatever I can find to pop in my mouth. My stomach is full, but I continue to eat.

I can't calm myself down. Does anyone here have these issues? What do you do? I'm thinking that if I can DO something to distract the uncomfortable feeling -- other than try to eat it away -- this will help.

I'm so tired of feeling this way. I do realize that my worries are usually out of proportion to what has actually transpired. BUT it's the anticipation that something COULD go wrong. I lost my partner, soulmate and best friend a year ago to stomach cancer on March 30. He always knew how to calm me down. Now, I don't have that support. I need help...anyone?

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