Does anyone here have tinnitus? / And anxiety

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

sep88 :  

Ooooooh the latching… you work through one thing and then it’s right on to the next!

I’m sorry bee ☹️ Have you ever been in treatment for your anxiety ? In recent years, when my anxiety is heightened, I get obsessive thoughts of pregnancy. I’m either convinced that I am pregnant, or more recently, an intense bout of baby fever that thankfully only lasted a day.

The good thing is that you KNOW it’s latching to different things, that means you have a lot of insight into your anxiety. As for calming down, do anything that you find relaxing. Do lots of self care, and lots of self talk: “my ears have been ringing for years, I know this isn’t a major issue, this is my anxiety talking, this is not reality”

Also practice deep breathing. Deep, long breaths in through your nose , then slowly exhale from your mouth. The deep breathing slows your heart and your body down and it can help you relax.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I use a technique called “grounding.”  It essentially distracts your brain long enough to pull it out of the anxious cycle.  When you recognize the anxiety creeping in, you find 5 things you can see and name them, then 4 things you can feel/touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.  Sometimes if I’m having a really rough day I’ll purposely take my time with it and dedicate 5-7 minutes to distinguishing things I can sense, or if I’m busy sometimes I’ll just take 30 seconds and run through the list more quickly.  Either way, I find it’s very helpful.

Another interesting one is that when your anxiety crops up, your hands actually get colder. It’s a physiological thing.  So if you can mentally envision something warming your hands, it helps to combat the symptoms and can help to break the cycle.  For example, I envision wrapping my hands around a warm mug of tea, or holding hands with my FH (his hands are always wicked hot – we call him the “blast furnace” lol).

Maybe experiment with those for a few weeks?  Hope that helps!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I get anxiety too. I feel your pain. I dont have tinnitus but I do get vertigo from my ears. I latch on to that and other physical things and then I talk myself out of it just to latch onto something again a few days later. I also went through huge change and emotional upheaval about 5 years ago, then I had 2 kids. I am now going through the terminal illness of a loved one plus some other things. It’s ok to recognize you are in a stressful period of your life. Try and be kind to yourself and know you are not alone. There are so many of us that struggle with anxiety, GAD and health anxieties. 

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Busy bee

sep88 :  Can you tell me more about tennitis? I think that’s possible that I have the exact same thing and had no clue what it was called all these years. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have it in my right ear, and I also have anxiety yayyy. Mine is a whooshing sound. It gets worse when I have bad anxiety but I’ve grown used to it. I’ve had it for 3 years, I was going through a very stressful move at the time and I think the stress triggered it. I’ve also seen doctors about it and they’ve been completely useless and not helpful at all besides “just ignore it”.

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