Anxiety from no plans?

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dbab
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   Posted 5/4/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
This is really strange.  Typically someone gets anxious when something is planned in the future whether its going to a birthday party, lunch date with a friend, plans to go shopping with the family, just PLANS in general.  But have you heard of anxiety when you have nothing planned?
 
I am going nuts and very restless because for once in a long time... there is nothing in my calendar for the next few weeks besides a few doctor appointments.  I'm going mad and getting panicky about it.  I have no idea why I feel like this, it doesn't make sense.  Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to resting this weekend which I desperately need.
 
Anybody else ever feel like this?
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   Posted 5/4/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   

being afraid when theres nothing to be afraid of is sometimes called free floating anxiety, quite common

learn some new ways of calming and relaxing yourself

why not go for a long walk yeah


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   Posted 5/4/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
dbab said...
This is really strange. Typically someone gets anxious when something is planned in the future whether its going to a birthday party, lunch date with a friend, plans to go shopping with the family, just PLANS in general. But have you heard of anxiety when you have nothing planned?


I am going nuts and very restless because for once in a long time... there is nothing in my calendar for the next few weeks besides a few doctor appointments. I'm going mad and getting panicky about it. I have no idea why I feel like this, it doesn't make sense. Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to resting this weekend which I desperately need.



Anybody else ever feel like this?


Haha. YES.

When my work slows down I have a hard time keeping things under control. I cannot stand having to "look busy" or fake anything. I'm a consultant and we're officing with our client. The contract gives them a pretty good amount of say about how many people we can staff, so the culture around my job is one that everyone fears playing solitaire, surfing the net, etc. If there's nothing to do, it's hard to waste time. I'm lucky in that my particular role requires me to be out of the office a lot, so when work is light, I usually just leave. I'll work for home, and if there's nothing to do I'll just bill the time anyway. haha.
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ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 5/4/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
What we desire more than anything is to avoid the panic and anxiety that in our minds, threatens to drive us to insanity if we don't maintain vigilance. When we're busy, our brain has fewer cycles to obsess on our fear. That's a good tool for us at times. But when we're on the edge, and our coping mechanism is interrupted - like when we have no work/plans on the calendar - we panic. I have been there so many times. But it's another opportunity to face and walk through our pain - and come out on the other side a little better.

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   Posted 5/9/2007 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Des

This tries to get to me all the time and I am bad when I dont have something to do plan or be at ..I will sit and panic about nothing to do ......
As J D aptly put it you got to keep mind occupied or you panic

Take care hun
Luvs ya and yes get some well deserved rest READ a really good book to keep from panicking
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   Posted 5/9/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lyn... I now have a theory about this. Most anxiety sufferers (especially OCD sufferers) are basically for lack of better words "control freaks" and structured. Without having set plans and knowing exactly what you are going to be doing at all times with a set schedule, you are basically just letting it ride how it will. This is what freaks me out. I don't like not knowing what I will be doing. Many of you that suffer from OCD can relate to this: I have a set schedule for everything (even when at home). We eat at the same time everyday (unless we are out), I take a shower the same time everyday, etc. This keeps me calm knowing that I am following this. Without schedules and plans, I'm a total basketcase. UGH!!!
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   Posted 5/11/2007 2:58 AM (GMT -7)   
In addition...If you usually have plans and then all of a sudden you don't your mind may see that as CHANGE...something probably most of us APers have problems with...
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