SHare Your Steps and Your Successes..........It Does Help Others

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/17/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
........Hi all
 
Just a lil tidbit about sharing what you have done to combat this DD
It is not always easy but there are so many baby steps that you can take and also find that you will grow with each one
 
If you wouldnt mind could you list what you have done and NO matter how silly or tiny the step may be
IT IS A STEP in the right direction yeah
 
WE are here to hold your hands and set you in the right directions
Each mamber including modertors are approchable and they KNOW where you have been and where you are
 
REMEMBER fight the fight with all you have and also any step is a good step smilewinkgrin
 
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ocean1
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   Posted 1/17/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I started CBT a little over a year ago when I began seeing a therapist.  One of my most major issues was just not having any energy or caring about anything.  I was so deep in the dark that even doing something simple like taking a shower seemed so overwhelming.  My therapist said it starts with baby steps and my first baby step was to "force" myself to simply take a shower and my therapist said that although it was something so simple, I would feel like I accomplished something.  So, my first goal was getting out of bed and taking a shower and you know after a few weeks of forcing myself to do this simple little task, I did see what she meant by feeling like I had accomplished a goal.  As each week passed my therapist and I would set a new goal for the following week and that was my "homework".  Like I said, it might have been something as simple as showering or making my bed but those little goals can make a huge difference in how you feel and your self-worth and just get you going.  I still struggle every day with my anxiety and there are a lot of bad days but each day I do get up and set at least one goal for the day that I "force" myself to do and in time I don't have to "force" myself to do it, I just do it without thinking.  For me it's all about setting goals and changing how I think and changing my behavior and how I "react" as well.  Things slowly started getting better and I am now working full-time and actually accomplishing stuff.  Not saying I don't come home from work and crawl onto my couch and stay there the rest of the day cause that does happen a lot.  It's all about baby steps and focus and sometimes just shear willpower and stubborness towards ourself.

Diane
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Junebug05
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   Posted 1/17/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Diane,

You should be very proud of where your "baby steps" are taking you!  You've come along way and even though it's not always easy, you haven't given up...Yay for you!


stkitt
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   Posted 1/17/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Over the past 3 years I have fought my way back from the depths of anxiety and with the help of my wonderful Big Sis and my family, the members of HW, therapy and my meds I have finally broke out of the up and downs and taken a big leap back into the working world.

I am very realistic that this is good for me but to remember not to go overboard and think of this is a new goal that I have to be number one at.  I am just so happy to be back among the living and hear people say " We are so thrilled to have you with us" 

It took a zillion babysteps and I would fall back but I never gave up.  Yes I had many mini meltdowns but I know now that I can beat anxiety............I can stay in the moment.  smhair

Hugs to all

Kitt


 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/17/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
.......Dianne .......
 
I am SO proud of you
You go girl ......... yeah
 
 This is exactly what I mean by something you have done that JUST may help others
 
Dianne I KNOW your post and your steps will help others
WALK proud........ smilewinkgrin
 
...Again I am so bleeding proud of you
keep up the good work and keep us posted........
 
luvs
LYN
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  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/31/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Let's get this topic back up and running.  Venting is good for the soul but you will be surprised how much better you feel when you share the good things happening everyday in your life.

We have posted topics that were requested but they fall to the bottom, we have the phobia, anticipatory anxiety, OCD, etc so keep posting in those posts.

Give yourself permission to brag about your accomplishments no matter how small or big.......tell us all.

Peace begins with a smile.

Kitt 


 

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stkitt
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   Posted 1/31/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been battling the old  A & P plus Major Depression for 26 years but the last 3 years have taken me from the bottom of the hole to the top of the mountain and many places in between.

I have survived and after 3 long years I now have a casual job I am very proud of.  It is like a second career for me and I intended to be patient with myself and work hard at this job.  I was always a nurse even at my lowest point but I was not able to work...............I am able to work again.  I am very proud .

Yup I am bragging...........Tah-Dah, I am giving myself permission to brag.  eyes smilewinkgrin tongue turn

Hugs

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Green Grove
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   Posted 1/31/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
You should be proud of yourself Kitt and brag away :) This is a great thread as well :)
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sleepyzzz
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   Posted 1/31/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
last week i had a panic attack, a very small one, but still a panic attack. but negative as this may sound i had not had one for THREE MONTHS!!! i just did not feel anxious at all. i have had moments of grief, thinking they were panic attacks, but then i suddenly realised they weren't! i had control back in my life and even though i can feel that the anxiey may be creeping back i feel that i can handle it and i'm used to it. i guess that's the key with them. i only started getting anxiety attacks last year, but i've worked hard with CBT, with quite good results. i'm off my meds and trying to do some exercise to cope with CFS. i think my biggest achievement was going out on new years eve!

its always nice to hear of others' successes!

stkitt
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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   


sleepyzzz

Awesome, you recognized your issues and sorted out panic from grief..........you should be very proud of yourself.

Hugs

Kitt



 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 2/1/2009 4:20:06 PM (GMT-7)


Hibee
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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

I have been having a real rough time of it over the last month or so and have been struggling with my GAD and depression. Over the last few days I have been given some great support and advice from members here and have taken that advice and started the online CBT moodgym which I completed the second module today this took a while as I found it hard to identify the things it was asking me but will stick with it so I am prepared for when I have CBT with my therapist when I get back in March still feeling a down but can see how CBT could help me so pleased I have taken that first step which i think is the hardest step.

Ben

Celey
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   Posted 2/1/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I am feeling well! :)... That makes me very, very happy.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Green Grove
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   Posted 2/1/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ben,

I'm glad you started MoodGYM and I'll be praying for you to get better with CBT my friend :) It has really helped me and has taught me things about myself that I didn't see before and also has given me new ideals that I have in my head now. I am slowly reprogramming my brain with my new way of thinking and don't know where I would be without it. I wish you the best of luck bro!

Celey,

I'm happy that you are happy, lol :) I hope that keeping a more positve outlook on things will get me there soon :) Take it easy and enjoy your life to the fullest :)
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/1/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Yehaaaaaaaaa, people do have good things going in their life.

I am coming near the end of weaning off the Cymbalta and I have got past some of the ehat if thinking?  I will make it off and I will attempt to stay off AD's if I can.

Come on, next up.........celebrate those babysteps.

Hugs to all
Kitt

 


Green Grove
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   Posted 2/1/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hooray Lil Sis :)  I'm glad that weaning off of the Cymbalta is working for you!  That is so awesome and you have been an inspiration to me that it is possible to recover our lives and make it work no matter how much crazy stuff life may throw at us. . . Thank you :)
 
Hugs from your Bro,
Sam :)

stkitt
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Nikki,

Kudos and gumdrops for you......you deserve to feel good and brag about how you are doing.

Who is treating themselves to some little reward for moving forward out of  Anxietyville.

I am working on a big treat for myself. I will share if it works out.

Kudos and Luvs

Kitt  smhair     smhair     smhair     smhair   


Nanners
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I second that Nikki with a BIG WOOHOO!!! Way to go, we are really proud of you.

Skitt can't wait to hear what your treat is..............
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I did it............It cost me a fortunate, but I bought tickets for my daughter , myself and my one granddaughter to see Bruce Springsteen in concert here in St. Paul on May 11th.  Tickets went on sale at 10:00 AM and I went through 4 rounds before I got seats that were good......of course by then the price had shot up but hey, I deserve this and how about 3 generations at a concert together.  yeah yeah yeah

I hope my tax return is nice..............I know my daughter will pick up cost with me. cool

I deserve to celebrate the good and life is to short to be in the dumps so much.

Hugs to all
Kitt


 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
That is so cool Kitt :) I have always loved Bruce and that sounds like a wonderful family even :) You do deserve this and I hope you all have the best time!

I love this thread by the way! Lyn always has the best threads along with you my friend :) Don't know what any of us would do without either of you :)
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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/3/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
That is awesome Lil Nikki :) I thing as usual we are about toe to toe with our therapy, except I'm still "benzoed" out, lol :) I have also been getting out to some restaurants and having fun with friends/family! It is an awesome experience like you said to go do things like normal after being "trapped" at home for so long :)

Congrats to you. . . I hope you are proud of yourself!

Yeah to CBT and our A/P Family!!!
 
Your Bro Sam :)

Post Edited (Green Grove) : 2/4/2009 2:41:38 PM (GMT-7)


Green Grove
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   Posted 2/4/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I love this thread Big Sis :) Thank you for posting it for all of us!

************

I have been going through a bit of a rough patch lately, but I'm finding myself moving forward with my life anyway and I'm really excited about the future which is a great feeling :) I stepped up my therapy again and started doing the relaxation exercises more. . . Last night I did them before I went to sleep and got a full night in and woke up this morning feeling so much better :) Thank you everyone for your support and inspiration to keep me going :)

Your Bro Sam :)


stkitt
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Nikki,

I love to go out for breakfast............if you were around here we could go out and have breakfast and chat over coffee.  That was a great accomplishment for you and I am so very proud of you.

Big Bro,

I know you have been struggling but keep on keeping on.  You are such an asset to the site as you care for all so let others care for you and help you celebrate your good things.  By the way, where is my piece of your birthday cake.

And one more thing Farmer Sam I AM............are there really children of the corn?  smhair turn    I crack me up...............

Hugs and Kudos and all the good stuff.

I am spending time with the wee ones at school you know.  They are putting thoughts into me head.

Hugs galore

Kitt


Aries8
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
There are many success stories here that are wonderful to read! I hope everyone wrote their successes down in their journals so they will remember them!

My successful moments are because of the relaxation technique I've practiced over the years. I can also thank the books I've read and the people here. I feel all of these have contributed to any success I have experienced.

The one thing I am having a difficult time with is picturing myself holding down a job that isn't home-based. I picture myself with palpitations or lightheaded and then feeling scared at work. I am looking for a job but also frightened that my anxiety will curve any success with it.

The stories here warmed my heart. It's nice to know that all of you wonderful people are having quiet times and reaping the benefits of self-help. Take care!
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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Aries my friend :)  I also have the same issues about a regular job right now so I know how you feel. . . It is tough, but I also see you as such a strong, positive and very supporting woman.  I think that you are going to come out on top of things and have your own success story and a great job that doesn't make you anxious soon!  I am praying for you and wish you the best that life has to offer :)
 
Take care now!
Your Bro Sam :)

Aries8
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Sam, thank you so much! You don't know how much that means to me. Thank you!

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