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Thu Apr 18, 2013, 01:30 AM

How do you prevent anxiety spikes. Overreactions? (For those who suffer from anxiety related issues)

One of my big problems is my immediate reaction when faced with something new or challenging is that I get this huge anxiety spike. I get this not just with social situations, where I'm worst, but with anything where I don't feel confident or where something new comes up that I'm not expecting. The really annoying thing is that more often than not the solution is very simple and afterwards I get this HUGE sense of relief that the problem is solved.

I'll give you an example. I'm studying for final exams now and I run into something that I feel I should know but don't know quite well enough. My immediate feeling is one of panic and hopelessness. "I'm going to fail this, how can I not even know this right now!?" But, pushing through that and sitting down to look at the issue for 20-30 mins I realize I know all of it, I was just a bit rusty. Or I didn't know it but was able to work it out fine in that 20 mins. And again, I get this HUGE sense of relief.

The question is how do you prevent that spike of anxiety in the first place. Because truth be told I can't continue living like this. The constant anxiety and relief roller coaster, not to mention my horrible depression, is tearing me apart emotionally.

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Locut0s Apr 2013 OP
kickysnana Apr 2013 #1
Neoma Apr 2013 #2
Locut0s Apr 2013 #4
olddots Apr 2013 #3
Locut0s Apr 2013 #5

Response to Locut0s (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 05:34 AM

1. Some armchair advice I have developed.

1) Focus on breathing normally and relaxing tense muscles.
2) Step back and become your own best friend to bring yourself back to reality, "I have done this I can do this, everything will be OK"
3) Know, even though you are not feeling it, that even if something does not go right the only way it will ruin anything is if you let it.
4)Take a break.watch a cartoon or try to make wastebasket baskets. take a walk, a shower, play with your pet, call a friend.
5) You can only do what you can and that is enough.
6) Life allows a lot of do-overs. Take them and move on.

I read about a famous coach who said he wished he could pass on his experience to a young second baseman that he had to cut. He said something like. He thinks he failed at life when all he did was fail this opportunity at second base.

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Response to Locut0s (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 05:21 PM

2. Eat good food, exercise every day.

If you eat crap you feel like crap, and if you're not running around, you have too much time to think and you're just building up blood clots instead of getting rid of stress.

Yoga has worked for me because I don't want to rip myself off by not going. Money wise.

Get some sleep too. Nothing heightens anxiety more than sleep deprivation.

I know, it's the basics, but it's helped me...

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Response to Neoma (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:36 AM

4. Yeah I've been treating myself like utter shit recently...

To the point now where I'm worried I've developed diabetes. Over the past few months with the stress from university and concomitant depression I've been eating junk food non stop and binge drinking alcohol on weekends. This past month I've been so exhausted every day when I get home that I think I really am sick, not just depressed. I'm going in for blood tests tomorrow to see what I've done to myself.

It all stems from a deep seated self hatred that is difficult for me to overcome. I'm self destructive, I know it and I really don't give a shit when deeply depressed.

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Response to Locut0s (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 01:02 AM

3. Neoma is spot on

 

question how much caffine are you doing ? sugar ?

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Response to olddots (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:37 AM

5. Yeah see my reply to her/his post. I've been self destructing and probably...

have harmed myself seriously now.

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