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Anxiety is horrible

AnxiouslyLiving

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First time posting, but just trying to reach out I guess and see if I’m not alone. I’ve struggled with anxiety for over 10 years now. Recently it’s gotten terrible. My mom passed away 3 months ago and it seems to have triggered my anxiety in ways I didn’t know would happen. I’m dizzy, anxious, nauseous, and just feel all around weird, like I’m not real. Disassociation I guess. Sometimes feel like I’m falling. I think my fight or flight response has been triggered from my anxiety being so bad and it’s really affecting me. I don’t even want to leave the house cuz I don’t feel safe. Definitely don’t feel grounded anymore. I’m on medication and still trying to figure that out and see my dr in a few weeks. But I guess I wanted to know I’m not alone in feeling like this. It’s been a real struggle lately and I have been seeking help with a psychiatrist and a therapist, but I’m really struggling right now. Sorry for the long post. But just needed to get it out and see if I’m not alone in this daily fight. Thanks
 

Howlingvapor

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You’re not alone, when something stressful happens in my life like that my anxiety kicks into overdrive and I can barely function. I’ll get chills and nausea and even curl up into the fetal position compulsively. When my girlfriend (now ex girlfriend) was going through her mother being arrested I couldn’t sleep much and felt the same as you do. It’s hard, but I promise it gets better. My anxiety is usually pretty easy to manage otherwise, but when stuff like this happens it sends me over the edge into panic attacks and nightmares.

What helps me is finding a distraction. A video game or a good tv show you can binge watch helps take your mind off the situation and focus on what’s right in front of you at that moment. Everyone’s different though, so if that doesn’t work try a hobby you enjoy or maybe go for a walk. Personally I think what works best is anything that requires my attention preferably something that involves listening or conversation. It’ll help drown out negative thoughts. I’m not going to tell you to drink tea and burn sage or some holistic remedy that probably won’t work, but meditation actually helps a lot especially guided meditation. Because the entire point of meditation is to quiet your mind which is honestly the goal.

Also don’t ever worry about making a post too long, mine are practically essays. This forum is about sharing so whatever you need to do to speak your mind regardless of how long it is feel free to share it. Keep on keeping on man, I hope this helps.


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AnxiouslyLiving

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I’ve been working on deep breathing and calming my mind and trying to find things to distract me, it just takes
time I guess. Thank you for the reply. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. Sometimes anxiety can make me feel crazy and it’s reassuring that I’m not alone dealing with this.
 

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I’ve been working on deep breathing and calming my mind and trying to find things to distract me, it just takes
time I guess. Thank you for the reply. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. Sometimes anxiety can make me feel crazy and it’s reassuring that I’m not alone dealing with this.
You’re never alone man everything takes time. If you need anything let me know. Also try guided sleep meditation tracks on Spotify. They helped me sleep during my breakup. Guided meditation tracks help a lot because you can just focus on the sound of their voice rather than racing thoughts.

Just remember that it gets better eventually. The mantra I always say to myself during stressful times is “this too shall pass.” Whether you feel better tomorrow or months from now there will be an end to the pain you feel. Never lose hope.


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