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   Posted 8/17/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to ask others out there who have anxiety and panic disorder if there are anything you have found helpful to handle the intense situations. I really don't want to use any medication and currently attend counselling. I'm not working at the moment so i can take some time out and calm myself down a bit and work through some issues but now feeling intensely lonely and desperate. My goal is to become a calmer and more relaxed person but feel as though i'm not getting anywhere. Any ideas?

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 8/17/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
The breathing techniques work for me, well sometimes depending on how sever the panis attack is. I read an article that said to drink some chai tea to calm down. I personally would like to start taking a yoga class and learn how to meditate also. I don't like taking medication either so I guess that's why I'm willing to try new ways to relax. Hope this helps. Feel better.

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   Posted 8/17/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.
What works for me is meditation. :-)

Choose a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed by other people or by the telephone.

Sit quietly in a comfortable position.

Eliminate distractions and interruptions during the period you'll be meditating.

Commit yourself to a specific length of time and try to stick to it.

Pick a focus word or short phrase that's firmly rooted in your personal belief system. A non-religious person might choose a neutral word like one, peace, or love. Others might use the opening words of a favorite prayer from their religion such as 'Hail Mary full of Grace', "I surrender all to you", "Hallelujah", "Om", etc.

Close your eyes. This makes it easy to concentrate.

Relax your muscles sequentially from head to feet. This helps to break the connection between stressful thoughts and a tense body. Starting with your forehead, become aware of tension as you breathe in. Let go of any obvious tension as you breathe out. Go through the rest of your body in this way, proceeding down through your eyes, jaws, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, upper back, middle back and midriff, lower back, belly, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.

Breathe slowly and naturally, repeating your focus word or phrase silently as you exhale.
Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say, "Oh, well," and gently return to the repetition.

Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm.

After you finish sit quietly for a minute or so, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes open. Do not stand for one or two minutes.

Plan for a session once or twice a day.


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New Member

Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/18/2010 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Nelle and Kitt, I've just booked my first session at a meditation group this Friday :)

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 8/18/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found 5htp (50 mg) 3 x day to be very helpful for my anxiety...I use the Happy Sense brand...i also have started doing some pilates type exercise about 3x a week....I also am trying to avoid medication and I have definitely seen a difference!
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