update

Aug. 4th, 2011 09:04 am
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[personal profile] maab_connor
thought that i would just make a new post rather than repeat myself in the comments.

firstly - thank you all so much! your ideas were great! and sometimes just getting it out to ppl who GET it is a huge help, so thank you for listening and understanding and helping!

secondly - i went a little easier on myself, i figured that since i'm not doing weights today, i could take the dog with me for a power walk in the neighborhood. i think that having him with me - and Kane in my ear - gave me enough distraction that i wasn't AS worried about ppl seeing me when i can't see them. so i was still able to work out, but i am not near tears today - good thing!

i know that it's a problem i have to work through and the only way to do it is to DO it. but i don't have to be Wonder Woman right this min. either. i figured out a long time ago that those gold gauntlets don't do anything for me anyway. i just have to remind myself that even though change is scary, it's positive change and baby steps are ok.

thank you! you guys helped get me through a really bad day! and today i am breathing.

newbie here

Aug. 3rd, 2011 09:40 am
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[personal profile] maab_connor
Hi, i've been a lurker for a bit, but i feel the need to speak up today, so i'm introducing myself.

question for you guys: any tips for the gym?

basically i've decided to change some stuff that really needs changing in my life and one of those is weight. started at the gym today.

panic attack started first thing. i was doing pos. self talk by the time i was brushing my teeth. i did baby steps. "now i will pack my bag. now i will drink my protien shake. now i will get my keys" the whole way. was able to get myself into the car. i nearly didn't make it this morning. i was able to push through with pos. self talk... but how do i get there tomorrow?

all i want to do now is curl up and hide the rest of the day. i'm at work, but there's still that aweful low-thrum of anxiety and i feel like i could burst into tears right now.

facing one of my biggest triggers - ppl who can see me. as well as new stuff and a new schedule... i don't want to fail at my goals. i need to keep moving forward and making pos. changes... i know that... i KNOW it... but how do i keep going back when all i can feel is the panic?
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[personal profile] delladea
I've suffered from social anxiety in varying degrees since I was a child. I never knew my behavior had a name until I saw this documentary and had an "OMG, that's me!" moment.

Sharing here in case others find it helpful:

Video under the cut )
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Crazy sign)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
I'm currently having some snowballing of anxiety and health issues creating a nasty downward spiral that is in and of itself anxiety producing. If these topics aren't triggering for you, feel free to keep reading.

Possible triggers: unexplained health issues, discussions of panic attacks, ranting )

THE REQUEST:

Anyone have any tips of coping mechanisms to try when you can't do much of anything due to health issues and are totally freaking out? Know of any good meditation resources or other kinds of relaxation techniques?

If you've read this far - thank you!

[personal profile] lilmoka
I noticed something weird: my moods are deeply affected by the weather, but not the usual way. In the last few days my anxiety has been out of control, nearly impossible to live with, and the sun was shining. Today, however, I'm feeling awesome, even if I was caught in the middle of a storm and came home dripping wet.
I don't really understand how it works, to be honest. I have always preferred winter to any other season and I suffer from allergies that make spring a real pain, but I don't think those are the real reasons behind this thing.
Maybe it's the fact that, around three years ago, May/June have been the worst months ever, and now that I am trying to work on that, I'm getting triggered by, well, the fact that now it is May? IDK, my mind isn't very clear at the moment...

Anyone had a similar experience?
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[personal profile] brisus
When you're anxious, do you have any bad or nervous habits? If so, what are they?
timeasmymeasure: amerie looking down and pensive (amerie: pensive)
[personal profile] timeasmymeasure
Ever feel like your anxiety has become something like muscle memory? I was thinking about it today when without any particular trigger, I got hit with a strong wave. It's almost like even when I'm doing better, when I've worked out the triggers and are removing myself from situations when I can or working through them when I can't, when it really is okay to be me- it's like I just don't know how to go through a few hours, a day, a week without losing it a bit.

Does that make sense?

Anyone else ever get that thought?
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
My day today was enhanced by a multi-hour anxiety attack which happened to coincide with a bout of pollen-induced spluttering and wheezing.

When I got back to my computer, on a whim I Googled pollen anxiety.

And much to my surprise, this popped up:

Changes in Severity of Allergy and Anxiety Symptoms Are Positively Correlated in Patients with Recurrent Mood Disorders Who Are Exposed to Seasonal Peaks of Aeroallergens

In other words, if you have depression or bipolar as well as anxiety (and I'm guessing I'm not the only one here who falls into this category), then tree-pollen may be associated with spikes in your anxiety levels.

Anyway, I have no idea if this explains today's anxiety attack, but I thought I'd share the info in case it's of interest.