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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey im jus wondering if any got any little tips on coping with anxiety
Somethings that help me are, getting enough sleep, avoiding caffeine and energy drinks if im having heart palpitations. Getting things done really quickly before i hav chance to develop anxiety attack. Telling myself im allowed to worry bout certain things. Concentrating on my own breathing can help me prevent a panic attack when i feel it comin on
If any got any others plz share, i kno certin things work for certain ppl. meditation stuf never workd for me. 

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   Posted 2/6/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   

All great ways to cope with number one would have to be music, I love music.


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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi badfish
Like you, I try to get enough sleep, cause I'm much more likely to have a panic attack if I am tired.
I always carry a drink of water and sweets in my bag, then if I feel a bit panicky I can distract myself by getting a drink or a sweet out. I always take a trolley into any big shops, and that helps, by giving me something to hold onto. And I hardly ever walk anywhere on my own, if I have to, I take my push bike, I can get home much faster then, if I feel unwell. I don't know if this works for anyone else, but it helps me.

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   Posted 2/7/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thnx baby, I like the idea of the trolley in the supermarket mite try it if im having bad day.

Wen i had my complete meltdwn as such i found lying in a dark room on my own helped reduce the anxiety and i then used distraction techniques to control.

Going to the gym made be feel at least i accomplished somthing tht day

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   Posted 2/7/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Getting alot of sleep helps me and i also do all the things you mentioned too! But i have found that when i get enough rest i feel less anxious and more renewed.Sometimes if i have a bad panic attack i will take a nap and when i wake up i feel like i'm starting fresh again!

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   Posted 2/7/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Napping ( a cat nap) and music does tend to do the trick for me most times

You have alot of good ones yourself badfish

As does going for drives and turning on the " oldies"

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   Posted 2/8/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Writing, making a tangible form of media of what is going on in brain, resulting in mixed signals to my body gives me a chance to realise waht I am stuck on, what I am blowing out of proportion and a sense of calm, that in a worse case scenerio and I am incompacitated with anxiety, at least there will be a record of what was going on before.

Side note, Just read an a book about studies done with folks who have fears of being confined and out of control, (I got that as well) that eye movements an almost darting from on e fucous object to another focus objest repeated for a few minutes, every few minutes with a minute or to rprieve during the exercise allieviates these feelings. Book dealt cavers, miners ETC. being trained to plan for worst case scenerios


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   Posted 2/8/2008 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Any particular type of music u peeps listen too to calm u down?

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   Posted 2/8/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
flutes or relaxation music is my favorites,how abt you,let me know.
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   Posted 2/13/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
wel im new to the whole using music thing bt i found jus listening to the general songs i like realy does help.
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   Posted 2/13/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Listening an audible book, something funny and light.
Also, a nice warm bath with dimmed lights and good bath salts or aromatic oil.
Senese are key.
Also, I do the self talk, "Just STOP Sharann, this is the stupid panic and you are not dying!"
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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't agree more.
These are all great ways to deal with anxiety.  I think I've tried just about everything mentioned.
I especially can relate to music.  It has helped me through a lot!
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   Posted 2/13/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
HI guys! One thing that help me is knowing that i'm not alone and there is hope with the right tools!
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