This past year I suffered with some pretty exaggerated anxiety and depression feelings. I was on Lexapro 10mg for six months and was always right on the verge of needing to take a benzo, too. Still taking 5mg daily of Lex., to be safe. Things were not very good, but have now turned around!
Today I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER. Better than I ever expected I would become. No benzos needed. I thought I was set to be plagued with awful anxiety forever.
#1) I got into a gym. Weights and/or cardio 3-4 times a week for at least 30-45 mins. Make your body stress so it can release its natural goodness and energy.
#2) Are you aware there is A DIRECT CONNECTION between your stomach and your brain? What you put in your gut will affect your neurotransmitter functions. I began eats lots of sliced turkey, lots of blueberries, fat free/high protein yogurt.....always avoiding processed foods and trans fats.
PLEASE READ THIS FOR PROOF ON THE ABOVE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/24/diet-mental-health_n_6566376.html
#3) Drink more water!! Did you know over 70% of people are chronically dehydrated? Water consumption allows red blood cells to flow, directly affects the mind and the way that the body releases toxins.
#4) Accept that, at moments, you are going to feel anxious and know that it is just simply ok. NOT A THING WILL HAPPEN TO YOU AND IT WILL ALWAYS PASS. Once I began to accept that I'd feel this way at times, I began to look at it differently and it began affect me less. You giving in to it is the only thing that will make it worse.
I did also back off of my medication by 5 mg. this is obviously not something that is for everyone. I did this with Dr. approval. Backing off the dose a bit took me out of the clouds, per se. My head was not as cloudy. May have been too much.
Hoping this post helps someone out there. Is such a scary thing to think that your life is going to be ,forever more, darkened by these feelings. Empower yourself to do the things that you can to be the most healthy.
Post Edited (pooldrops5) : 2/25/2015 9:00:10 PM (GMT-7)