Thanks for the responses...
I've been doing lots of deep breathing techniques, yoga, and exercise. Ive just started working on positive visualizations. I'm thinking of starting a daily "positive journal" in order to keep my focus on the positives vs always dwelling on the negatives.
I have noticed how with the anxiety it can come out of nowhere, without warning. Ive also noticed that my "episodes" were almost predictable for a while (like cluster headaches), but have become more unpredictable in the past week.
Usually when the anxiety is building, its almost as if my mind is a cup...and its slowly getting filled up. When the cup starts to overflow, thats when I feel the urge to cry. I've been feeling that way for a day or two lately, and last night when driving with the Mrs., I just suddenly let it go..a brief 3-5 minute sob. Afterwards, I felt a lot better. Some of the anxiety was still there, but it felt like the cup had just emptied a bit.
Im not advocating crying all the time as obviously that can be awkward in public (especially at work). But I think that perhaps its better to let it out when you can (if it makes you feel better), vs holding it back and suppressing it.
I don't know, this is all new to me as this anxiety stuff has just now manifested itself into a problem. Prior to this happening I was an extremely confident, cocky, determined person. This anxiety stuff has really humbled me and put a different perspective on my life.
...I am not a doctor or a trained professional... Any advice given should be verified with a trained medical professional.