So I have a kind of peculiar anxiety trigger. And that’s that I feel like I’m always running out of time. Running out of time on little things, like finishing an assignment or getting somewhere, but also big things. Terrified that winter break is going by too fast and I’ll never have friends and love like this again and I’m clearly not doing all I can to enjoy it; fear that I’m not doing enough in my last year of high school and college is coming RIGHT NOW and I have to suddenly make every moment count and get prepared; fear that my nana and dog will die at any moment because they’re both old. Things like that. I have panic disorder and anxiety disorder (diagnosed but unmedicated) and these intrusive thoughts trigger it so badly and I have no idea AT ALL how to calm down.
|December 19, 2014 at 19:27|
I understand. Sometimes I feel this way, too, but I’ll admit, not to the same extremity that you do. I’d say just pray about it and ask for peace. It does no good to worry since time is out of your control. And don’t apologize; you have nothing to be sorry for. When you’re feeling too much stress, pray, listen to music, take deep breaths, or do some other relaxing hobby. Try not to think too much, since overthinking can cause stress levels to skyrocket. I wish you the best of luck and God bless 🙂
|December 25, 2014 at 21:04|
Hey girl 🙂 I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks too and I know it’s rough. Something that I do when feeling anxious about this is general (like not fear of my heart beating out of my chest and my lungs bursting anxious but just normal anxious), is I do something that is just calming to me. Sometimes I read, sometimes I write a short story, and sometimes I just sing or play piano or write music. All of these tasks require my attention and they divert my attention from what is making me anxious. Sometimes. I know it’s not always going to work but if you find something that you love to do that requires attention it will help a lot. Also, realize that some things that may cure short term anxiety that everyone experiences may not work for you. Avoid just watching movies or taking hot baths and stuff like that. It may work with calming stress for most people, but I find that activities like these really just give me more time to think about what’s making me anxious. I know that it can be hard to bring yourself to do these things when you feel anxious but it can really really help.
Also if it helps, you can plan stuff. Make lists. Write down things that you want/need to get done before going to college and order them by importance. Make a to-do list. Sometimes this helps me just organize my thoughts and then it’s one less thing to think about, at least temporarily, which is still good.
Oh and have you ever heard of Valerian Root? It’s a natural supplement that you can buy for around $10 for 100 capsules at vitamin stores or pharmacies and they help a lot with general anxiety and restlessness. It’s not great for feelings of panic, but it has really helped when I just feel anxious about stupid things or stressed out, and it really helps when I can’t sleep. I recommend trying it 🙂
|January 2, 2015 at 04:06|
Thanks, honey. That was really kind and helpful <3
|January 2, 2015 at 12:47|
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