I totally agree with the exercising on a daily basis being a wonderful "controller" of anxiety in general. If I get caught up in the stress, caught up in a crisis of mine or another's, I get too busy to exercise. Soon, I'm not able to fall asleep at night, I'm not able to stop worrying, and then I get sick. Just forcing myself to exercise for a half hour as soon as I realize how I'm hurting myself starts to bring me back to taking care of me.
when i am having anxiety problems i always seem to have other things going on too like I feel really nauseated so I really have a hard time exercising when I am anxious or having a panic attack because i feel like I am going to throw up. I usually don't do any exercise even though my doctor said to go for a walk even that makes me feel yucky.
I have found however that if I exercise when I am not anxious then I am less anxious overall so i can avoid the nausea all together by exercising before it hits.
SHERI1969 -- It is interesting when you say that too much exercise can make you manic. I just posted that I play roller derby and that has helped me tremendously, however, I had forgotten to mention that if I overexert myself or if my body is too sore or tired from practice, I will have a lot of panic the following day. I too need a balance. Great point!
I play on a roller derby team and I cannot tell you how much it helps with my panic attacks. My panic can be very difficult. There does not seem to be an exact trigger for it, so I probably have about 50 attacks a day and I become fearful of new things every week, traffic, elevators, alcohol, certain foods, etc. From the moment I wake up until the moment I fall asleep. I recently took a break from derby and life was extremely difficult for me. The past two weeks we have resumed practice from the holiday and I am feeling wonderful. The two hour long practice beats down my body and relieves anything that has bothered me that day, it has proven to me how much exercise really does help anxiety and panic attacks.
Many times I had an anxiety attack that I thought I was going to faint. It happened a few weeks back. It was horrible. Luckily I met a neighbor who lives in my building walking on the same side street I was crossing. The anxiety was so bad. I began to hyperventalate. That is not good. I began to take deep breaths. I told her I felt as if I was going to faint. That is all part of the anxiety as I know. She walked me to my door which was very thoughtful. She is a nice person. I was going through some tough tims and I think this brought it on. Breathing the right way will stop it. Maybe one day I will be free from Anxiety. Cyrella
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Deep breathing is the best, but don't forget about aerobics you may have a little more anxiety when you first start working out but when you are done you feel so much better. Believe me it is well worth it.
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Hi: Hope you are doing well. I am okay and had a stress test today, 2/12. It went well and just need to get the results from my primary DR. When I get anxious, I try to relax and watch TV. I don't do yoga. I also take deep breaths. Walking does me good, too, if I can get out and do it. Listening to music helps, too. Today I wanted to walk home after all the things I had gotten done after the stress test. Where I live, it takes about 25 minutes or less to walk home. It was so windy that I could not do it, so I took the bus home. I was so tired from today, I fell asleep. I am watching the movie on DVD Fireproof I got from the library. Take it easy. Cyrella
On monday's I go to my counseling appt an hour earlier to join a small group doing yoga. It's amazing how the poses help with the anxiety. I love this group because we talk if we need to. My counselor leads the group sometimes, but she's right there by my side working out with me. Afterward, I'm usually standing tall. Walking also helps...being with nature.
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