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4/2/19 12:49 P

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I will first suggest that you take a non-anxious moment and make a couple of lists.

First list being actions that you can and are doing with regard to the stressing situations (being out of work is the stress --- so list that you are spending 2 hours per day on x, y, and z websites; you are getting input from contacts on improving / updating your resume; you are expanding and using your network; you are submitting 10 applications per week; you are doing this volunteer work; etc.)

Second list is of activities that you personally find totally occupy your mind, require complete focus (and so don't leave room for anxious or worrying thoughts), and that you ultimately find relaxing. This might be video games (especially strategic ones like first person shooters), or target shooting, or learning a new dance / aerobics routine, or playing darts or billiards --- it is a very personal thing. What is required is complete mental focus, totally away from the stressing situation. Try to avoid activities that leave too much time for "free thought", since those can suck you back in to the anxiety --- so, don't go with a casual stroll or a "relaxing" stretching session!

While you are still relaxed, do a bit of research on "grounding techniques" and practice a couple until you find ones that feel natural to you. I really like the "5-4-3-2-1" ( copingskillsforkids.com/blog/2016/4/27/cop
ing-skill-spotlight-5-4-3-2-1-groundin
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). Carry a written form or poster or picture of this, so it is right where you can grab it when anxiety hits.

As a start to each day - do a review of your list of actions that you are taking, to reassure yourself that you understand the reality and are doing what you can. Modify the list based on your actions and needs --- so, add in other stressors and your actions as needed, too. This is a daily review, that many of us find helpful as a "touch point" reminder when anxiety starts lying to us that we aren't doing anything and everything is out of our control ;-)

THEN - when you DO feel anxiety coming on, use the grounding technique or techniques that you practiced --- and feel yourself focusing on the present reality instead of the formless anxiety. Once you've got yourself grounded, immerse yourself in your "focus" activity for an hour or two (use a timer if you need), until your mind has let the anxiety go, the hormones have dissipated, and you feel relaxed again.

At this point - choose a favourite relaxing activity such as a walk in nature, or a yoga session, or a good stretch, then enjoy a healthy meal - now comfortable in the knowledge that you are doing a good job of taking care of yourself.

All the best to you!



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3/31/19 9:16 P

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3/31/19 4:31 P

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I wholly agree with the suggestions by ARCHIMEDESII. A walk is the first thing I think of to help get my mind off food and to ease anxiety.

Are you into photography as your name implies? What about starting a new outdoors photo project? You'll get some fresh air while focusing on something you enjoy.

Wishing you the best!

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Edited by: SPARK_MERLE at: 3/31/2019 (16:31)
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How about taking a walk ?

Whenever I'm out of sorts, I take a long walk. Walking helps me think more clearly. And well, some times you literally need to walk away from the food.

Do you have a gym membership ? Take a boxing class. Nothing helps me reduce stress like punching a heavy bag. If I can't take a walk or hit the gym, I'll listen to music.

Got some loud rock that you like ? Crank it up.


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3/31/19 3:47 P

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Lately I have been plagued by stinkin thinkin. I feel anxiety coming on and my mind automatically goes to food. I've been out of work since August and it's stressful. Has anyone got any advice on how to beat this?



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