Ways to Stay Positive

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/30/2006 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
How does everyone stay positive with their anxiety or panic disorder ?
 
Let's have at it!
 
What things do you do to make yourself feel better?
 
Just list whatever you do to keep positive.
 
 
 
I haven't found anything yet so that's why I'm kind of throwing this out here.
 
I need ideas!!! confused
 
Twiggygal~
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

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steph2005
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   Posted 11/30/2006 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Twiggygal, The one thing I have found that has been helping me is giving myself credit and praise, even for the smallest things that I do. For example, If I can drive to work and be calm in the car, I aknowledge this to myself and say to myself "you did a good job" that goes the same for everything I do, I just try to acknowledge the good things I do. Regardless of how big or small. I didn't think it would help me at first, but I kept on praising myself and it really did help, I am starting to feel the difference in how I feel . I hope that this helps :)
*Steph*
 
 


freezinginAK
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   Posted 12/1/2006 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
  Hay Twiggygal, just reading some of your threads you come up with are enlighting

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/1/2006 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Steph praise yourself for even the smallest of tasks or acheivements
Set goals small ones at first and then bigger ........realistic goals
CBT
Relaxattion
Knowig I cant be everywhere ............helps
I am not perfect I have flaws ...................helps
Having my support and luv here at home
Having it from all you's at HW
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dolppl
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   Posted 12/1/2006 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I got this from my CBT program:
 
Carry around a small notebook and anytime you have a negative thought write it down and put a positive thought in it's place
Example:
 
I will never get over this anxiety/depression I will be like this forever!
 
Replace this with:
Think of how much better you are now than you were three months ago you will get over this.
 
It took me a long time to see that this actually does work, keeping positive thoughts even if you don't believe what you are saying has a profound impact on my everyday life.  The trouble for me was that there wasn't an immediate effect so it appeared as though there wasn't any correlation between positive/negative thinking and anxiety/depression.  But there really is.  Now I find myself thinking more positive and the more positive I think the happier and less anxious I feel. 

crying
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   Posted 12/1/2006 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I do alot of talking myself through scary moments. and let myself feel good about the small things I do get threw. When I do have a bad moment I try to remind myself of the times when It was bad and I made it through okay. I also talk/brib my hubby into back rubs at night so I can try to get some sleep.
Good luck

a.l.
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   Posted 12/1/2006 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I also find that reminding myself to "breathe" (I say it out loud when I have to) helps. And, I try to express gratitude every day for something...

yorkielvr
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   Posted 12/1/2006 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   

ok this is what i did, and i was in bad shape in my opinion,. and i dug myself out of the worst part of it, i still feel low and anxious sometimes, but its definitely better!!!

first off i got MAD. said, i am NOT gonna do this, devil you get away from me....because that is what it is, an attack. 

I started what my father calls, walking away my demons. haha  i walked and walked, and walked you get the idea, in the winter, maybe just exercise best you can.  it makes the feelings or anxiety subside.  then you can think better when you feel better.  releases feelgoods in your head.

secondly, vitamins, lots of water, NO caffeine.  NONE....  and DEEP slow breathing. 

eat banannas! brain booster.   and read only positive things...  for me, and i'm not pushing this on anyone, but i got a book, Battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer.  She's a practical minister.  On tv alot.  I got great comfort in that.  and pray!  trust me it works.....

last, i go to sleep to a self help tape by a guy named Mike Brescia sp?  anyway, website is www.thinkrightnow.com.  The tape on depression and just anything you need is there.  anxiety. all of it.  You sleep to it, drive to work to it, work listening to it.  They say repetitive words/phrases that get imbedded in your mind.  You'd be suprised at what your mind still hears when you are sleeping.. i laughed when i first got it. he said stick with it, 30 days or money back.  I was willing to do anything.  and it works!!  Just like anything we do, if you do it over and over it becomes habit.  If you are a negative thinker (me) for years, it took you a while to get that way, so you have to go easy on yourself to develop new habits.  check it out!

shawn

ps.  doesn't hurt if you have animals at home. If it weren't for my pets, and snuggles at night for me, I am a single mom, i don't know what i would have done..  

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