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Anxiety....please go away!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Since a couple of days before I left Australia, I have been combating some pretty intense anxiety. You all don't know me but I have always been a bit of a worrier. My Mom says that my elementary school report cards often said things like, "Alison worries too much." As an adult, I have learned some strategies over the years to help me deal with my anxiety, fear and worry. These include: prayer, meditation, writing a journal, going for a walk, etc. I have had varying degrees of success with these strategies. But, the level of anxiety and fear that I have been experiencing lately is over the top and seems to be resistant to my usual ways of controlling it. I have a strong sense that something is or will be wrong. I feel afraid. I feel a little nauseated and dizzy. I have read enough over the years to know that what I am experiencing is classic anxiety probably as a result of hormonal imbalance (menopause) and stress (travel, life changes). I also know that what I experience is nothing compared to what many people live with all of the time but it is still disconcerting, wearying, and disturbing. Maybe, when I get back home to Arkansas and my life settles down a bit, things will get back to normal. In the meantime, I would be happy to hear anyone's thoughts.

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  • ELMA1913
    I'm praying for you! I use to be a worrier, still am if I'm hones, but have learned to "let go". Not sure how I did it, only through the Grace of God. I imagine that the traveling would have had me over the top too. Vitamin D3 and magnesium also helped for some reason.
    1693 days ago
    Oh boy, do i know what it feels like to live with anxiety. Mine may be a bit worse than yours because i also experience panic attacks and have to be medicated for mine. I sure hope you are able to come to a resolution for yours, ive learned over the years that i am not ashamed to ask for help in this area. Some do not know what it is like to live with anxiety, maybe some do not know to ask for help. When i finally learned that what i was experiencing was anxiety and panic attacks i knew i had to ask for help because i couldnt see living my life the way i was, fearful of being out in public. Even today i am somewhat of a recluse bc i know what my surroundings in my own home are and i am nice and calm in them but to go out to a public place like walmart where there is alot of people sometimes sends me over the edge, if i werent medicated it would be worse. I have had moments where i have had to stand and grasp the shelves standing in isles at walmart bc i was in full panic mode and felt nauseated, sweating, like my legs were jello, like i was going to pass out so yes i do know what you are going through and my heart goes out to you. If it persists and the usual methods dont dissapate those feelings you are having dont be afraid to ask your doctor for help. emoticon Jennifer
    1693 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/30/2013 8:52:39 AM
  • HOLLYM48
    Boy, that is a tough one, I experienced this about 2 years ago and went to a dr because I was just so unhappy, couldn't sleep, couldn't stop worrying about things at work. It is a hormone imbalance and he put me on meds that helped resolve the issue. The meds however caused me to gain weight. I was able to go off these meds after a year or so and decided I would take care of my life and stress with exercise and it has worked for the last year.
    If it doesn't stop soon, you really might want to see a dr about it, I know how miserable it can be!
    Good luck.
    Thanks so much for the goodie and your support on my maintenance!

    1694 days ago
    I've always struggled with anxiety and a few things have worked, some classics, some a bit different: classic- exercise. A bit different: tapping. I hadn't heard of it up until about a year ago, google it, it's easy, you can do it whenever wherever, and gives you immediate results. There are some really great youtube tutorials, really, google it, it's one of the only things that has given me immediate results.
    1694 days ago
    Great Blog! You CAN do this!
    1694 days ago
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