Nuerogirl, I hope you don't mind but I wanted to respond to this one too.
I found myself being a pretty high-strung, stressed out person. My mom and siblings say that I have always been that way. I don't know. However when I started having health issues, I noticed that I did get pretty bad or maybe my anxiety and need to control everything in my life caused my health issues. ????
Which ever...It doesn't matter. My bottom line was the same-major stress, anxiety and worry was ruining my life and making me a very unhappy person. I wasn't living or enjoying my blessed life at all! I can't believe that I did not ruin my marriage and turn my wonderful little girl away. I was such a bore and afraid to get too excited about anything for fear it would trigger palpitations or worse a coronary spasm.
I just did not want to take medications. So I decided that I had to make MAJOR LIFE STYLE changes. I stopped watching the news. I stopped watching any TV that caused me to feel afraid, nervous or uncomfortable-no scary shows, bloody shows, crime shows, news show for quite awhile. I will occasionally watch one now and again these days. However it is very rare and if I feel myself begin to get anxious, I turn it off. If I dream about one of the shows at night, there will be no more for awhile. I mostly listen to soft, relaxing music at night. I feel a deep sense of relaxation and calm.
My daughter often sits with me in the evening listening and she really enjoys the music. In fact if I have to do a little work, she'll go upstairs and turn the music on before I join her. If we are busy before bed, she'll ask to stop and listen to the music awhile before going off to bed. It makes her feel relaxed and calm also.
I am busier than I ever was and more active. I am also calmer and happier. I feel like I have learned to slow down the rush on the inside of me. I have learned to relax and try to fit a short nap in the afternoons before the evening rush hits. My life has definately made a turn around for the better!