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Old 02-19-2019, 12:29 AM   #11
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For me I am anxious from the time I get up till the time I go to bed.Nonstop anxieties ,sometimes what works for me is doing my crafts like knitting and crocheting sometimes drawing too.However when it blows up into a panic attack nothing seems to worse.Oh ya try laying down if you can,think of something that makes you happy.Like for me it would be the beach because it is so calming.I often think of walking along the beach .or just swimming and fishing I love both.Sometimes it works other times no.Do you take any medication? I am on klonopin it helps but there are days when it seems like I need a whole bottle.
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I take buspar for anxiety but something I practice is a form of grounding I'll call "five blue things". When I feel like the walls are closing in due to anxiety and that I am teetering on the brink of a meltdown I look for five blue (whatever color works for you) things and name them and where they are in the room. For example..." I see the blue book on the shelf. There's a blue dish on the counter. I see a blue blanket..." Most times by the time I finish I am a little more-to alot more calm than before I did it.
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Since ive been having med problems lately this has been a big one, a lot of panic attacks to the point where I feel paralyzed.

I avoid triggers (like socializing with people that stress me out, exposing myself to dark things) and do some mindfulness stuff that distracts me - rain sounds and nature sounds, turning the fan on and feeling the air hit my face and hands, turning off lights and lighting only candles to avoid sensory overload, applying heat somehow (or holding ice cube, that works sometimes), repeating the word CALM over and over, either in my head or out loud if I'm alone. I remember a therapist a long time ago telling me that if you tell yourself things like, "I need to calm down," or "stop panicking," your mind is more likely to focus on words like "need," and "stop" as urgent commands and you'll get anxious about wanting to control the anxiety, which ironically causes your anxiety to worsen. Allowing yourself to feel the anxiety, recognizing it for what it is, then responding to it as gently as possible without shaming yourself works best, I think, easier said than done.
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It depends and after work like to walk 30-60 minutes or even jog and in the past tried yoga and meditation, and all of these help some.
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I take buspar for anxiety but something I practice is a form of grounding I'll call "five blue things". When I feel like the walls are closing in due to anxiety and that I am teetering on the brink of a meltdown I look for five blue (whatever color works for you) things and name them and where they are in the room. For example..." I see the blue book on the shelf. There's a blue dish on the counter. I see a blue blanket..." Most times by the time I finish I am a little more-to alot more calm than before I did it.
Sounds like there's an element of sensory anchoring going on there
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