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   Posted 8/29/2017 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thought it would be fun to see what tools work best for everyone?

I feel like I could use more tools to help manage this monster named anxiety.

I currently do the abide app each morning. I attended some counseling sessions but didn't feel like I got true CBT. It was just me talking which sort of helped. I didn't see spending the $50 each time was worth what I got in return.

I do a lot of praying and try to just take things slowly. I need to step up my tool game, so what works for you all?

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   Posted 8/29/2017 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Great thread! It's been awhile since we had one of these.

You have a great start with your coping skills...but yes, it's good to always seek new material too! (see our Resources!)

Here are mine, in no particular order.

*Positive Mantras
*Physical Exercise
*CBT Techniques
*Breathing Exercises/Progressive Muscle Relaxation
*Giving/Receiving Support

Looking forward to reading other's responses


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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   Posted 8/29/2017 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Awesome thread.

My big one is positive mantra's. Constantly reminding myself that I'm ok, safe, this shall pass, etc.

Exercise also really helps. I do Crossfit 5x a week for an hour, and I've started yoga on Friday's.

Prayer is also a great coping skill.
GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD
Los Angeles, CA

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   Posted 8/29/2017 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
* Breathing

* Praying

* Doing something physical (getting out of my head)

* Reminding myself that I "don't know" the end of the story and telling myself that I can and I will solve this problem. I CAN do it. It WILL get better. Hang on.

* Cuddling with my dog

* Giving thanks for everything good in my life

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   Posted 8/29/2017 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for sharing. One breathing technique I learned in counseling was counting to 10 and then back down. Breathe in 1 and breathe out 2 and close your eyes and picture each number. Once you get to 10 you count back down to 1 still breathing in and out. The breath should be loud so if others were around they could hear. It's helped the handful of times I've used it. I should be doing it more idk why I don't.

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   Posted 8/30/2017 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Great post.

My goto are:

Mindfulness Meditation & Exercise.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

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   Posted 8/31/2017 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 9/3/2017 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
breathing exercises (counting) yoga
lately spending time in the garden after work, watching old movies in youtube
I won't be scared for a disease that doesn't have a proper medication..Fear in my life is some thing in the past..i will never be running to the ER everytime my heart start poundind fast..If God is with me who can be against me.

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   Posted 9/5/2017 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Medication takes care of most of it for me.

What medication can't cover, I usually deal with through diaphragmatic breathing, light music, air conditioning on my face helps, water on my face, sipping cold water. Stretches also help.
Diagnosed With: Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder
Treatment: Lithium Carbonate ER (450 mg), Sertraline (100 mg)
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