Post # 1
As the title states, what works for you to relieve stress/anxiety? I’m not talking about a stressful day or to, but something more serious. I have dealt with so much shit in the past 7 months or so and now I’m just left an anxious mess lately.
If I don’t get it under control soon I’m going to go to the doctor and look at medication options, but since that’s something I really don’t want to get into I really want to exhaust all other options first.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I’ve dealt with a lot of stress dealing with TTC and having been talking to a therapist. It has helped a lot and was really my only option for serious help because I won’t take medication.
If it isn’t something that I need to go talk to somone about, I write or listen to music. But that usually just distracts me from the issue at hand, not actually dealing with it.
Sorry you’ve been having a hard time. I hope things start looking up for you!
Post # 4
I take anxiety medications and have since I was in elementary school (not constantly, but quite a bit of the time).
Even with that, I’m an anxious person by nature so what I do is change the things I can. If a person stresses me out, I cut off contact. If a situation makes me anxious, I avoid it/change it/or fix it as best as I can. I take hikes out in nature so I can be alone with my thoughts and it calms me down if I’m having a legitimate rough time. If you’re into natural remedies, a lot of people swear by acupuncture, massage, and valerian root.
Post # 5
@Birdee106: I’m sorry that you’ve had issues TTC… I definitely know how that feels. Writing does seem like a good idea, for the most part everything I’ve been dealing with is now getting better (minus things like TTC that won’t change) but the anxiety is still there and my mind works overtime. Maybe it would help if I could write everything down.. I’ll try it, thanks!
@stuckinwonderland: I’m an anxious person too so it’s even harder when things have been the way they have lately. It sucks! I actually have an appointment for an acupuncture consultation on Wednesday. I’m terrified of needles though so who knows how it’ll go but I do feel desperate and willing to try anything at this point! I’ll look into valerian root too, thanks.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I take an anti anxiety medication. I’ve dealt with a lot of stuff in my 32 years, diagnosed with cancer, tornados, family death, diagnosed with hearing loss etc. I also workout at least 4 days a week.
I find that exercise really helps relieve stress. I feel better mentally, physically and emotionally. Also writing my feelings down in a journal helps me to sort through what I’m feeling. Especially lately with my recent diagnosis of hearing loss. For me that was a deep fear from childhood (my mom had the same thing I do). Seeing it happen to my mom was hard for me.
Post # 8
I CLEAN! I know it sounds ridiculous, but when I feel like things are out of control or I’m upset, I go into cleaning spells. I clean walls, wash clothes, dishes, my hair, sweeping and mopping all the floors, clean under the sinks and cabinets etc. It really is therapeutic for me. Other than that I listen to music and dance around crazily until I’m exhausted, or watch television for distraction until the stress/anxiety passes. If it is really bad, I see my therapist,he is amazing.
Post # 9
I work out – if I don’t work out at least 5-6 times a week, I am beyond stressed. I own my own company, work full time for another company and am planning my wedding. Without daily workouts, I would literally lose my mind! It gives me an hour or so each day to just focus on myself, not worry about the wedding, clients, what we’re having to dinner, etc. – its completely “me time”
Post # 10
@orchidaloha: Water, rest, relaxation, compartmentalization and a very strong ability to inventory the things that I can control, and the things I cannot…there’s got to be a point, where the things you worry about are someone else’s problem….so make the hand off and put it out of your mind.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@orchidaloha: Exercise regularly; it helps get out the pent up energy and it releases endorphins that make you feel better. If you’re like me, the first few days are rough and you are totally exhausted but after a week or two you start feeling better.
Other than that make a list of things that make you happy. Certain songs, speaking to certain people on the phone, a hobby or activity, etc… When you start feeling the acute stress/anxiety put on that favorite song and sing to it or call that family member or friend and chat about anything. It will distract you and hopefully it will distract you long enough for the anxiety to pass.
I have had anxiety since I was in elementary school and it takes time to identify your stressors/triggers so you can learn to avoid them or have a backup plan for when you can’t avoid them.
Post # 12
I have been an anxious mess as well lately. Once I started having multiple panic attacks a week I went to the doctor because it was just more than I could handle on my own and I needed help. They put me on meds and have been working over the last few weeks to get the dosage correct. I think they have it right now and I feel great! I feel like my old capable self, I no longer have an overwhelming urge to comfort eat, and I have tons more energy. I know how it is to not want to resort to medication, but I feel soooo much better now that I’m on it. My doctor also suggested that I get a pet because a large part of my anxiety stems from being alone. Last week FI and I adopted 2 guinea pigs, so I have been spending lots of time making their cage perfect, figuring out what their favorite things to eat are, and socializing them so they are not afraid of FI and I. Cuddling something small and furry really does help the stress.
Post # 13
If I do yoga everyday, even if it’s just a 30 minute online video, nothing can phase me. It’s amazing how much it helps. When I’m being a slacker, I sometimes deal with stress by drinking, and even occasional smoking, which I know is terrible.
I’m definitely going to try to do at least an hour of yoga every day in the month before the wedding. It will keep me happy and make my butt and legs look rocking if I actually do it.
Post # 14
Exercise! It sounds cheesey, but there is nothing more therapeutic than going to workout class for an hour a day for me. It’s one hour a day where I can turn off my brain and just focus on working up a sweat and building strength! Also, I am teaching myself to crochet in my free time to try to take my mind off the madness of grad school and wedding planning.
Post # 15
@orchidaloha: I have GAD and exercise really does help. When my Dr first reccommended it, I was like yeah right, whatever. But then it got even worse, so I tired it and it helps it a lot. It doesn’t completely get rid of it, but definitely makes it less intense at least.