Relaxing techniques

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   Posted 8/11/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Lately, my nerves are unbelievably high. It's so hard to calm down & I'm in a constant state of tenseness. The normal techniques aren't working as well as they use to. I'm not giving up though. I'll share what works for me and I hope you guys do as well.

1. MUSIC! This seems to be the only thing that is working for me. Maybe it's because its the only thing that actually gets my mind of my worries (because I'm normally dancing or singing along) - maybe looking like a fool, but it works. Thank God. :) Unfortunately, once the music if off, my anxiety flares up again. But hell, it works for the time being - I'm happy with that!

2. Talking. I've found talking to people helps a lot. It normally takes a little while for the nerves to flee but eventually they do because you're so swept up in conversations and ideas.

3. Dancing. It's a therapy of mine I guess. I feel foolish dancing alone in my bedroom so I don't do it nearly as much as I should. I'm going to start though. There's also those dance-workout movies I'm thinking about ordering.

4. Napping. Every now and again I will take a nap and wake up super refreshed & worry-free for awhile. I love those naps.

5. Writing really helps. Gets out all the worries and what not out of my mind.

6. Pampering myself. A nice warm shower, the best of shampoos and body wash. Nice comfy clothing. Massages from the boyfriend. All relaxes!

Anyways, what works for you? Please share.
I'm also trying to find foods or herbs that help with stress/nerves. Let me know if you know of any!

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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   


My favorite, Share a laugh. Nothing breaks the tension like laughing. If you walk around feeling miserable, you will be miserable, but if you laugh life seems better. So if you are down, watch a funny movie or TV show to laugh.



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   Posted 8/12/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting this
There is a whole list of techniques
such as this in above Resources that has been put together for
the members to look at
There is CBT ,,,Relaxation,,,breathing and others

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   Posted 8/12/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't like to admit it, but mindnumbing computer games calm me. It's good that they do settle my brain - because they more than halfway turn it off - but I wish it were more of a relaxed feeling than an "avoid" feeling. When I'm feeling really in a crisis emotionally, though, they often work the best.


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   Posted 8/13/2008 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HW, I love dancing or jogging when the nerves hit. I think it helps burn off all that adrenaline. I look forward to getting to know you more. :-)


I'm the same! I love computer games made (I'm sure) for people waay younger than me..but somehow it helps my brain switch off.


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   Posted 8/13/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey, right on puter gamers.............I love puter games too. turn

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   Posted 8/13/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
All good suggestions

A herb that helps promotes calmness is L-Theanine.
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes going on this site makes me feel worse or makes me worry more. Not saying at all to not go to these sites- but maybe go into it with a different mindset. I always used to read posts and say "Oh my what if that happens to me" then I would worry about it and make myself sick.

Now I try and look for advice and ways to cope and try and block the feelings that these bad things my happen to me.

Other techniques:
Pet my dog- always makes me feel better because you know your dog loves you like no other no matter what you are feeling
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   Posted 8/13/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Oooooh, massage. That's one of my favorites.

(I even get to combine it with petting the cat because she has to be in the middle of *everything*, especially if the human seems to be enjoying it.)


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   Posted 8/14/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Such great suggestions.
I too play video/computer games. It really does help with stress. Totally numbs the brain for awhile, probably not healthy.. but much healthier than some things! :P

Oh, and stkitt. Laughing is the best remedy. It has really helped me. And just being able to let things go and just laugh about my flaws & mistakes or whatever, it feels good!
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