Hello LikeTheSea and welcome to healing well.
We are a really supportive and caring group of people here and I am so glad you have joined us. Anxiety Is exhausting, and insomnia just makes everything worse. I'm glad you have joined MoodGym, it is a great resource. The fear of going crazy is really common among anxiety sufferers (you are in good company!)...but it was pointed out to me by a therapist that if I have the capacity to worry about going crazy, then I most certainly am not. Hopefully the CBT approach will help to get rid of this though pattern of yours.
I'm glad you have a wonderful supportive partner who understands you. That's a really valuable thing to have. Do you have any interests that might help you distract yourself from these repetetive thoughts? I appreciate that you don't like travelling, but is there something locally that you could do? I go to the local gym and just sweat my anxiety out most days. It's my therapy. I also read a lot of fiction and do volunteer work. It gets me out of my head, and into living. I hope this helps you out some, and again, welcome to HW.
Hello and Welcome to HealingWell,
I am Kitt and if you hang out here enough you may see this posted for others too, but it is one I use for myself when I start to feel the anxiety taking over. Stick with us and keep posting as we are here for you.
Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.
Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.
Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.
Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."
Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people around you. .They are with you, not against you.
When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember, each time you cope with panic and anxiety, you reduce your fear.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
I am so glad you are here with us! I know anxiety can drain energy big time, but I find that time at the gym is great to burn off that adrenaline (yeesh!). As for playing games etc to distract, there should be No guilt there. If it works, stick with it..
I love computer games and silly TV shows that keep my mind away from anxiety. Keep us posted on how you are doing now please. x
I never quite made it to vegan, but I did do vegetarian for a long time (I gave in - I have a tuna weakness!). The main thing I know is that getting your vitamin B12 is extremely important for staving off anxiety. Spinach, broccolli and silverbeet are great ways to supplement iron as well. I'm sure other people will be along to help soon. All the best, and good on you for being vegan, I wish I was that strong!