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Can’t sleep

Mmt123

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This is my first time ever being on a forum I’m not sure how they work but I was wondering if I can get some help through this. I can never fall asleep, not because I’m not tired, but because I constantly am thinking about bad irrational things that could happen that leave my feeling like super hot and sweaty because of how much I’m worrying. I try to just close my eyes but I can’t help thinking and worrying.

If anyone has any tips about anxiety in general I would appreciate it. I currently pick my finger till they bleed, as well as part of my foot ( I’m getting a decent hole in my heel) I don’t mean to do it, but when I worry or am thinking about everything that is what I do. I’m not good at handling the panic attacks either. And I get extremely sensitive to noises when I’m anxious and get irritable.

Super long post I’m sorry, but as my first post I guess I’m just wondering if anyone has some overall methods that have helped them cope in a more healthier manner than I currently am. Thanks in advance.
 

Howlingvapor

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Try guided meditation tracks. You can find them for free on Spotify and YouTube. They help me fall asleep whenever I’m stressed. It seems dumb, but trust me it isn’t. I’ve struggled with anxiety for years and the only things that work for me are therapy and meditation. Some people have to rely on medication however and there’s nothing wrong with that. You just have to find what works for you. Try meditation, if nothing else it forces you to spend a few minutes breathing. There are special tracks designed for sleeping as well that I love. Tracks to relax has a podcast on Spotify with some of there tracks available for free. It’s a very useful tool for anxiety.

As for panic attacks the only advice I have is calling a friend or someone you trust to sit it out with you so you can talk through it. Other than that you just have to ride them out. What helps me sometimes is asking myself questions that help ground me in reality. Things like “what color is that wall?” “Name three objects you see in front of you.” “What’s today’s date?” This technique is better suited for ptsd episodes, but I find that they can be helpful during panic attacks as well.

This forum is a good place to just talk through your issues and find others that have been through the same thing. Make your posts as long as they need to be, that’s actually one of the shortest I’ve seen on here believe it or not. So don’t worry just share with us if it helps you organize your thoughts and feelings. I’m praying for yah bud. Hope this helps.


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Alpharius

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There's a bunch of youtube videos that are dedicated to sleep/relaxation music. Some of them are even like 8 - 10 hours long so you can actually fall asleep during it. I think there's also a specific song that is supposed to help you get really sleepy, but I don't remember what it would have been called. Hubby found it floating around imgur a while back and I'm kicking myself for never saving it.

For anxiety attacks, I agree with Howlingvapor: grounding tactics are worth their weight in gold. What I do is a tip that I've seen around the internet. Count 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. It forces you to take in the current situation and see that there's not any real threat of danger, leaving you more calm and able to think about what is actually happening. This one has helped me a lot.
 
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