New person checking in- I can agree that exercise generally helps my overall anxiety level, but there's a hitch there for me. It turns out that exercise is one of my triggers for panic attacks, so dealing with that has been... interesting? It's been a lot better after much work on the problem, but it still crops up now and again. If anyone is having full blown attacks or experiencing that spiral into an attack, feel free to send me a message- I'd love to listen.
And 9Catman9- I'm sorry for your loss. It's awful to lose someone, but hang in there.
current weight: 215.4
Fitness Minutes: (18,943) Posts: 238 12/1/12 7:06 P
Hi to all...just checking in, had a family member pass away today. Being a rather spiritual person , I know she is in a peaceful place and not in pain. I am doing ok, I will miss her but have good memories. She was a really good person and helped me with some tough personal issues when I was younger. Thanks to Sparkpeople and all the support ive experienced since ive joined, I am so much more prepared to handle these difficult moments. Thanks to you all. Peace, Scott.
"When you come to a fork in the road-take it!" - Yogi Berra
"The best revenge is living well" - Jerry Seinfeld
current weight: 154.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,308) Posts: 4,641 4/11/12 10:44 P
Hi Valkyria, I am thinking if its quiet theres lot less anxiety and depression going on out there which is good thing. I am retired and really don't do much, I do make jewelry but have been slacking on that, should get back to it as it does help the anxiety, its just that i got this sinus infection and it really thru me off.. feel much better today going to make a run to the store, and maybe take a little walk. I have also been cooped up in here for a week which I know is not good. Starting a good day today, hope yours is as well. Val
current weight: 212.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,308) Posts: 4,641 2/16/12 7:03 P
Hello Buttunhead! I am here, but the team is very quiet recently. I have good days and bad in regards to anxiety... I have recently learned that working out TOO HARD (i.e. interval training or intense strength training) actually makes my anxiety worse... so when I have a bad day, I try to do light-moderate cardio or gentle resistance training until my mind clears up again.... bubble baths with epsom salt and stretching (very well, before and after workouts) helps me as well. I have also adopted a few yoga poses as my nightly winding-down ritual (especially child's pose).. I find that it helps keep the insomnia away by releasing muscle tension (I get a lot of tension when I am anxious, do you?).
I would love to hear what others do to keep their anxiety in check.
Is anyone out there? Am new today is my 2nd day and having lots of anxiety, but just getting over sinus infection and that brings a lot of it on.. Just trying to find some tips on what others do for it!
current weight: 212.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,308) Posts: 4,641 1/22/12 2:26 P
I have had terrible anxiety since childhood (I think a lot of it came from my mom, either genetically or through learned behavior). In fact, I am pretty sure my anxiety disorder was the cause of most of my weight gain.
Anyway, since I started exercising regularly I have noticed a huge change in my anxiety for the better. It really does help... but I still need to take medication to keep it under control.
Yoga and meditation also help equally much, if not more... I just love to get all of the tension out of my body that way.
Today I am bringing my water garden indoors for the winter.
At first, I thought I could keep it out there, since it is pretty well-sheltered from the elements and I had some heaters going on, but while taking my fish's comfort into consideration I forgot to do the same for MY OWN comfort!!!
It was SUPER cold these past few mornings as I went outside to feed the fish.. and when my hands got wet from cleaning the tank and the WIND started blowing, I decided it was time to invest in an indoor tank for the winter.
24 hours and $400 later, and I am in the midst of cycling a 40 gallon tank which looks amazing on a new stand in my living room :)
I feel like having the fishies indoors will also decrease my anxiety and allow me to sleep better.... knowing that a power outage or rambunctious hooligan will not come along and kill my friends.
Since the team leader(s) were inactive, I have signed up to be a new leader on this team. I'd like to do a roll-call to see who is out there, and to provide a thread for people to check in for daily chit-chat.
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