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stkitt
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   Posted 1/19/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you will find some of the answers in this post that will help you, we have talked about many of these before but they get buried so here is a reminder.
Here are suggestions:

Any kind of Exercise. Exercise gets the body to release very pleasant chemicals and neurotransmitters. And you can also feel better about living healthier and eventually looking better.

Exercise is certainly a good wake-up call for our bodies and makes us feel better, but before you rely on that solely please have a good check-up by your doctor. Ask for a T3/T4 thyroid test as well and also get your adrenal gland checked. These are two organs that can cause lethargy, panic attacks, depression from both

You could talk to a therapist, doctor, or psychiatrist; you may need an anti-depressant.

For me it was exercise, therapy (cognitive behaviour therapy is supposed to be the most effective) and anti depressants. I'm weaning off the drugs and i'm still happy (not all the time, but enough, like an average person).

Try watching comedies when you are alone. And try organizing gatherings with friends during the weekends. You will feel better if you are preparing for something, and you will have fun hanging out with friends.

Organising events is usually the best way. I try to make myself feel better by doing something I enjoy, listening to music, shopping, playing  with my dog. I plan time into my day for just me.  

Other ideas: 1) get a pet. Something you can take care of. Usually when you feel bad, you can also end up quite lonely. 2) change your surroundings: move your furniture or try on a different outfit. 3) get an organiser- related to the one above, try to fill your days with something to do. 4) go somewhere- anywhere. Go for a walk with no direction. Don't get lost, but do go for a walk and take a look around you. 5) try cooking/cleaning - sounds too domestic, but often when you cook your own meal, or clean up your home you'll pleased with what you've accomplished

Get some sun.  yeah

Think about positive aspects of your life.

If you're unhappy all of the time: 1) Talk to your most supportive friends. 2) Write down the names of ten people who care about you & of people you care about. 3) Find a way to cope with your depression like: reading, writing, or drawing. 4) Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer

CBT

Realistic Thinking: when you have a thought that makes you worry or feel unhappy, ask yourself if it is realistic. Unrealistic worries are often to blame when we feel bad. If the thought is not realistic (for example, thinking that you will never feel better, or thinking that everyone hates you), then you tell yourself "Realistically ..." and reframe that thought into something that is actually real instead of blown out of proportion (for example, "Realistically, I will feel better sometime, even if I don't feel good now" or "Realistically, some people like me and some people don't - everybody has some people who don't like them").

Examine the Evidence: whenever you feel overwhelmed and depressed, look at the facts surrounding the situation. Things are almost never as bad as they look when you are upset. List the facts - both good and bad - on paper or in your computer so that you can be more scientific about it. This ties into reallistic thinking.

Find Your Triggers: keep a mood diary to figure out what things set off these unhappy feelings. The more you know about your emotions, the more in control you can become. If you know that you always feel sad after talking to a certain person, then you can decide if it might be best not to talk to them, or you can prepare ahead of time and figure out how to avoid feeling bad from the conversation.

Mix it Up: try changing your routine, even a little bit. Sometimes doing something different will help you change your mood.

Do something JUST FOR YOU. The point is to actually acknowledge your own value. Make yourself a Queen or a King  for a night. You are very special and you are important.

Now let's hear it from you...........how are you going to apply the above to make yourself feel better????

Kitt



 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/21/2009 2:59:36 PM (GMT-7)


Mazfire
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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   

yes, yes, yes! Kitt you are on the money! even though im sick as hell, i dragged myself out of bed today to swim in my neighbour's pool- its perfect for doing laps- i had so much fun in the water this morning that i went back this afternoon and did another 30 minutes. i also have been using one of those huge inflatable gym balls to help me stretch. (great for my fibro)

so not only did i swim for an hour today, despite feeling sick as a dog, i got a great dose of sunshine and got my heart rate up which is great cos my BP is low, and i need to increase heart rate etc.

yes, i still feel sick, but at the same time, i feel great for excercising!

we are still experiencing one of the worst heatwaves in years and it makes the whole pool thing even more enticing!
 
Great thread Kitt,
 
Maz XX
            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


percycat
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
The exercise really does make a difference, but I struggle to commit. Taking daily multi-vitamins also improves how I feel, and I honestly don't get a flustered or jittery about little things when I've been regularly taking my vitamins.

I'm much more aware of my triggers now than one year ago; that's huge.

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Green Grove
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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   
This is a great thread Kitt :) I have to agree with all of you about the importance of these techniques because they have helped me so much :)

To apply it to my life more, I'm going to take my que from Maz and no matter how bad I feel, I'm just going to exercise anyway!
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Mazfire
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   

i spent 40mins early this morning doing laps- breast stroke, up and down the pool. because of the heatwave, the pool is always a nice temp and i can get up and go at 8am if i want- God bless my awesome next door neighbours for giving me free reign of their pool- so kind.

i will try and do 40mins again tomorrow- im a bit sore, but i love being in the water... so relaxing.

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


Green Grove
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
That is so great Maz :) I'm glad that you have found a way to relax a bit more in your life with all you are going through. I also love to swim and just chill out in the water :) I hope the exercises you are doing will be of benefit for your fibro as well my friend.

Take care of yourself L.A.S. :)
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KiwiKaz
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   Posted 1/21/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
This is an excellent thread Kitt, makes me stop and think what stuff I should be doing to help with this. I'm already doing things like exercise and have a pet, I'm trying to make time for myself during the day when my daughter is asleep just by reading a book or watching something on telly. The CBT ones are definitely the ones I need to work on more, been doing MoodGym and going to be seeing the therapist in just over a week.

With baby steps I'll get there, after all Rome wasn't built in a day!

Karen xo
 
Ooh and P.S. Maz, congrats on the swimming, you are doing so well!! xx
 
Karen I copied the other small post you did and put in in here for Maz okay
Took out the other one my friend
 
Luvs
LYN

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 1/22/2009 11:03:15 AM (GMT-7)


stkitt
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   Posted 1/21/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Glad you are all find ways to help yourselves and I must admit the days I get up and know I am going to work at school I come home in a good mood and laughing.

I have been out of the house with people and talking and learning.  I am loving the children and I can tease them or pat them on the shoulder.  I can help them make a decision if they are ok to go back to class or need to  call Mom to come and take them home.

I am being active and interacting in person.  I feel very comfortable as I do not have to compete or be the boss or prove anything. 

Maz will be swimming in the olympics,  I will be running in the senior olympics.   LOL.

Great Big Kudos to All

Kitt


 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 1/21/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I went out hunting today, which is something I have not done for quite awhile and it was nice to be back in my trees again :) I am happy to be able to get out and do some hiking again also. It is a little different with the cane, but actually usefull for beating down the brush and going up the hills, lol :)

I don't mean to offend anyone that is against hunting, but it is a way of life I grew up with and something that has kept my family alive over the years. We are just plain coutry folk and I'm proud that the pioneering spirit is still residing strong in me :)
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Mazfire
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   Posted 1/21/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   

oooh sounds like a plan, Nikki! tongue

i swear, as sick as i am, the swimming is really making me feel better in my muscles and joints. Im not going to stop, im in a pattern now.

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


CBTgirl
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   Posted 1/21/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Great thread and of course yea to CBT :)

Green Grove
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   Posted 1/21/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you Lil Aussie Sis. . . I've been hoping that you would get some benefit from the swimming for all the pain you go through. I feel relief for you! How are the antibiotics going this round?

CBTgirl I agree. . . Yeah to CBT :)
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Mazfire
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   Posted 1/22/2009 2:24 AM (GMT -7)   

stop dwelling on the mistakes of the past.

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            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


Corrie_1
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I try and walk everyday... even if things are rough and I hurt... I find the fresh air and exercise can help me feel better even if its a struggle .

I'm also starting an indoor garden, growing vegetables. I use my SAD lamp to grow them... and it gives me an oppertunity to spend time in that light and I find it helps calm me, keep me doing something, and I get vegetables in 3 months!
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

Venlafaxine 70mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety

Ativan... when things get real bad.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/22/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Great thread Lil sis
AND I think you all are doing good things to HELP yourselves instead of letting this dd get you all the time

Kudos to all

LYN
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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
......Doing some crocheting
Reading and writing long pst overdue letters

FEELIMG BETTER BY THE DAY

Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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   Posted 1/25/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I need to write some letters myself :)

One of my friends did some crocheting after her back surgery to take her mind off of the pain and I have about 20 pot holders from her, lol :)

I also like to sew by hand. Had to learn helping raise my siblings, being both father and mother at times. Grandma can't do it anymore with her poor hands in pain, so I do my fair share :) I'll never forget when I learned to use the machine and was told to "put the foot" down on the machine and I literally put my foot down on the pedal and the fabric was all bunched up, lol :) I'm working on a quilt for my grandmother right now out of old blue jean pieces. . . Looks a bit rough, but it is my first one :)

I also have learned from yesterday that it is good to play games and have fun to stay in the moment as well :) Made me feel like a kid again :)
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/4/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   

What I did to make myself feel better today was I went to work.

I saw 34 unscheduled students:

5 Paper Cuts, 9 looking for loaner mittens ( I did not log them in redface ) lots of tummy aches, 1 hit with a snowball, one walked into a door, and when I went on my break the lady that covered for me got the one that up chucked. shocked I just know I saw a lot of grade schoolers.

I am teaching them to speak louder cuz nurse Mary can't hear their cute little tiny voices.

The are sweet but why is it when they are in the hallway they are all screaming??? smhair

I think I did good for my first day as a rookie.

I did not have one ambulance all day........... confused

Hugs to all

Kitt


Green Grove
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, it sounds like you definitely had a full day and congrats on handling it so well :) Sounds like a rewarding job to help the little ones :)

***********

To make myself feel better today I did some light exercise, ate well, cleaned a bit, unloaded wood and fixed some supper. . . Oh and coming on here :) I kept myself so busy that I didn't have time to worry about things. . . A great way to stay in the moment is to keep busy :)
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Aries8
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt, congrats on the great day! You're doing well! Remember your good days....

True, Green Grove! Keeping busy definitely helps with staying in the moment. Some people are frightened to sit and relax.

I'm not sure what else I can do to help myself. I guess I would say I need to be consistent in all the things I know help with anxiety. I forget to do them when I'm feeling well.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
KNowing you have family here that cares about you and that supports you helps
AS well

I know I have ANXIETY and PANIC

ANXIETY and PANIC do NOT have ME
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Fibro & Other DD

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               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
GREAT going on the job Lil sis
I knows they all loves ya dearly

PROUD of you

Love
Big sis
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Fibro & Other DD

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                            Keep The Fight Going..Or YOu Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


CBTgirl
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   Posted 3/7/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Green Grove said...
Good for you Lil Aussie Sis. . . I've been hoping that you would get some benefit from the swimming for all the pain you go through. I feel relief for you! How are the antibiotics going this round?

CBTgirl I agree. . . Yeah to CBT :)


yeah

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   Posted 3/7/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Mazfire said...
stop dwelling on the mistakes of the past.

Maz XX


Great advice. We jhave to deal with what's in front of us because we can't change what's behind us already idea

stkitt
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   Posted 3/8/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Exercise is the one thing I want to do so badly but everyday I find a reason to not do any............I would really like to hear from someone where I can buy some dynamite or firecrackers or what..............

Help me get ging on the exercise........Please.  I need some real encouragement here.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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