Feeling an increase in anxiety on my time off

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   Posted 1/4/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I had extended my holiday time off with taking a extra day off to make it a 4 day weekend.  Sounds really good doesn't it?  But not for me.  Its like because I am off schedule my anxiety has ramped up, and I don't like it one bit.  I should be able to have some time off and rest and relax, but my stupid body won't let me.  Any suggestions on how to calm down and enjoy my time off?  This has me really frustrated.  Already been using my Xanax.  It helps a little, but not 100%.

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   Posted 1/4/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there, I sent you an email.

I think we have the same thing as when I do not have a schedule I am lost and just flounder. My head spins with things I should do and I feel like I should be having a fun relaxing time but then I end up just isolating and as the clock ticks and the free time goes by I feel like I am wasting my life doing nothing.

It is like a vicious merry-go-round in my head. So I bite the bullet and make an appointment with my therapist which by the time I see her I may feel better but I do feel like I need to identify what causes these feelings.

Gentle Hugs to you and hopefully someone will have great ideas that both of us can adopt.

Gentle Hugs


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   Posted 1/4/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
i joined this forum to find help for an allergy for my boyfriend, but just found all these posts for anxiety... I suffered from anxiety/panic attacks for years. They started in my early 20's. i am now 30. I am happy to report, I have not had a serious bout with anxiety in over two years.
My anxiety was so severe, that I started to develop bizarre, secondary fears and wouldnt leave my house for weeks on end. My body was in a constant state of tension... waves of intense, and extreme emotional response... i tried everything.... with no rest.... trips to the ER... xanax of course helped, but if you are ready to try something new, other that meds... than maybe you can try some of the things that worked for me to rid myself of anxiety.
I litterely could write pages upon pages about my decade with anxiety... and even more about the methods I tried to get it under control... but I hesitate to go into too much detail about my healing process, because everyone is different....and everyone walks down a different pathway...so Im not sure how useful any of my story may be to you... but I couldn't sympathize anymore with what you are going through, So I almost feel obligated to share with you my journey.
It was a revelation that did it for me. the revelation that my anxiety was a sign... a sign that I had unrest in my life and that I needed to discover what that unrest was in order to begin the journey of discovering who I was as a person. My anxiety was a sign that I was lost with no direction.... I had heard that meditation and focus techniques relieved tension and decided to pick up a book on meditation. it was written by a buddhist, and not only did it cover some VERY helpful meditative exercises, it also gave me a brief understanding of eastern philosophy. My life ever since my introduction to this way of thinking has been a journey of self revelation. Now, looking back at the last ten years, I understand why I had anxiety and unrest in my life and learning how to understand it has shaped me into the person i am today. My anxiety turned out to be the best thing that ever happen to me. I know that may sound hard to believe... because trust me, I wouldn't wish a panic attacks on anyone... but honestly... my anxiety forced me to a place in my current life that is beautiful, happy and perfect.
Your body is filled with tension... and unless you figure out why, it will only get worse. In my opinion, taking meds to help ease this burden will only mask it. Figuring out why you are having anxiety is not as easy as pinpointing to one certain issue or problem and accrediting it to your current state of anxiety... there are deep rooted patterns that we learn as children, that become engrained in our lives without even realizing that perhaps they are causing more pain than anything else... Im not talking about any one specific tramatic event... im talking about breaking a belife that maybe should of never been imposed. Realizing a spiritual beauty that will truly equate to your happiness is very possible.
I know that some of this may sound abstract... but if any of this seems like something you may want to hear more about, please feel free to email me. lynnslocum@hotmail.com Like i said, I can go on for hours about this... but will hold back unless you are interested.
If nothing else, then please read these two books...
"A New Earth" by Ekhartt tole
and " The Voice of knowledge" by Don Miguel Ruiz

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   Posted 1/4/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I know how you feel. I've been "trying" to be anxious all day, but it hasn't quite got hold of me. Just can't quite relax. Could be worse, of course.

You know I have a lot of friends who are Christians but sort-of practice a lot of Buddhism. They like to read Carl Jung, meditate, etc. It's to help them relax and deal with the modern world. I should try it again, actually.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail!
Sorry to hear your anxiety is giving you a bad time on your vacation. It stinks that when you finally get a chance to unwind the anxiety jumps right in to mess with you worse than ever. I know that when I have downtime after anything stressful, its almost easier to deal with the stress than the downtime!
Have you tried yoga? Breathing exercises? I know staying busy usually helps me, so I try to put some stuff into my vacations that are fun but keep my mind occupied. I also keep word puzzles and sudoku on hand in case I start to "unravel" and I have an Xbox which although my husband says its a brain eater, I found really helps engage me and keep me from getting anxious.
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