Things you do to ease anxiety?

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   Posted 10/3/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
i smoke my own legal herbal blend. what do you do? does anyone else make herbal tea or smoke blends?

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   Posted 10/4/2006 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Unfortuently we're in the process of selling our home so all my craft stuffs been packed away. I find focusing on my crafts good . It makes your mind focus on something you like to do and because it's often fiddly you do need to pay attention and your panic monster doesn't get the attention he wants so often buggers off. lol.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/4/2006 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
When I have a fearful thought/anxiety I use this process of cognitive thinking.
1) What is at the core of my anxiety right now...can I pinpoint it?
2) What is the likelihood of this event actually happening? (example, have I ever had a heart attack before? house burned down before? insert own fear here)
3) Can I then form a more reasonable conclusion to calm my worry. I am healthy, I am not going to die of a heart attack. I have not left candles burning and I have working smoke alarms, the house is not going to burn down.
This process forces the more developed, rational, thinking part of the brain to function and get exercise. It then takes away the power from the primitive part of the brain that calls for the release of the anxiety hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
It takes some practice and you may need to combine this with some breathing exercises to get you calmed down enough before you can begin to think rationally-beyond the panic, but it works.
Hope this a help to somebody.
Go rational brain...down with primitive brain!
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the absence of is being afraid, and doing it anyway!"

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