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Beat back an anxiety attack today

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Earlier I felt an attack coming on. So first I took the 'as needed' medications that my Doctor allows me to take. I also did some deep breathing exercises. Another member gave me a link to a 4 in 7 hold 8 release repeat 4 times method. Also I breathed with my hands cupped around my mouth and nose. And I practiced a 3 in 3 hold 3 release method my peer support counselor. Also I walked away the tension building up.

I have three main stresses right now. I am waiting for the State to evaluate my Social Security Disability case. And my Mom is in hospice care right now. Third I have tinnitus ~ ringing in my ears ~ that is causing distress. On April 25th I am scheduled for a MRI. I hope there is nothing inside my head causing this tinnitus ~ I fear I might need an operation. Put together and sometimes these affect me. But when I felt the pressure building up I used my methods to relax and they worked. Now I am in a positive mood.
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  • FLYER99
    Hang in there, my friend. When all hope seems lost, things seem to resolve themselves one at a time. You've learned some great methods to deal with anxiety, doubt and fear; keep it up!
    1844 days ago
    We can learn from you here, Steven - especially those of us for whom chronic stress has become a fairly ongoing challenge. When that stress is arising from not one, but three, sources, it can feel like playing that game, whack-a-mole, to keep beating it back. But you have and continue to do so, so... emoticon . It's all the more difficult when we don't have a time frame within which a problem will be solved, when it's more an open-ended thing depending on family members' health situations or that infamous red tape which binds SSD and other vital programs. You are really doing a great job! I just have a feeling you aren't going to need any surgery for the tinnitus, as *very* difficult as it is to try and get accustomed to it.

    Sometimes, at such times, it helps me to just take one day, or one hour, or even one moment at a time and do my best to stay right there in the moment. And I know what a monumental challenge that can be! But we're all here for you, oh, about 150%! emoticon
    1844 days ago
    It's great that you have a couple of methods to help you ease your anxiety attacks.
    1844 days ago
    I am glad you have learned the breathing techniques - something I've not quite mastered yet. I hope things start going better for you. I know what it's like waiting on disability and I've been going through medical tests since the end of November. It does get discouraging, but hang in there.
    1844 days ago
    Great fight
    1845 days ago
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