It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Anxiety Tips Message Board

Live, laugh, and love.

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-30-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Austin, TX, US
Posts: 31
krizzae HB User
Live, laugh, and love.

My GAD first showed up when I was 10 or 11, when I suddenly became emetophobic. (Fear of vomiting... yeah, who knows.) By the time I was in high school, I started having IBS caused by my anxiety. My parents thought I was just a hypochondriac/pain in the arse, and my doctor though I might have acid reflux. During my senior year of high school it suddenly clicked that I didn't have a stomach problem, but anxiety. I went on an SSRI for the first two years of college, and it helped me immensely by interrupting the harmful cycle of negative thoughts I had. (Obsessive ones that exacerbated and created the anxiety.)

This experience really helped me figure out better ways to cope without medication. I admit that sometimes I use generic Xanax to travel or go to a 'scary' medical procedure, but for the most part I am extremely happy - sans medication. For those that prefer not to medicate, this is what I've learned helps me.

1. Laugh a LOT. Make it a point to find something that cracks you up at least once a day, whether it's a video or a comic strip. (Or a funny conversation with a friend/coworker.) I've always had a tendency to surround myself with funny people and I gravitate towards funny media - why? It makes you feel good, and it relieves stress and anxiety.

2. Be active. Live life to the fullest! Try to find hobbies that you can devote nervous energy to. Soothing things like gardening, photography, or fishing are great. I prefer doing at least one or two things that keep me physically active. Pets are great too, sometimes I just go to the pet store to look at the animals up for adoption - my cat is full grown and I don't need another one, but just looking at kittens makes my blood pressure drop noticeably.

3. Stay connected. Keep in touch with a 'support network' of loved ones, whether they're friends or family. Try to stay in touch with people that are positive and good listeners - feeling like you have someone you can count on, especially if you are single, does a lot for your emotional health and helps decrease anxiety. If you're in a relationship, getting your partner to understand your anxiety is crucial. Once that happens, he/she can help you cope and be supportive when you need it most.

4. Take care of yourself. Indulge in something relaxing every once in a while, and eat healthy. I personally like to take a trip to a higher-end salon every month or less. It's utterly frivolous, and that's what makes it feel so good. Eating healthy just makes you feel better physically, and who doesn't want that?

5. Get some sun. Protect yourself from UV rays with sunscreen of course, but do make it a point to spend a little time in the sunshine as often as you can. (Even just 15 minutes on a bright patio is helpful to me.) Try to be active during the day if your work schedule allows. If it's winter, or you live in Seattle, try light-therapy lamps.

Hope this helps somebody.

Last edited by moderator2; 03-30-2008 at 08:55 PM. Reason: posted commercial website

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Oh, but it'd take a fake to live with the charmed ones. baserockermom Fibromyalgia 31 03-20-2008 08:05 AM
any one have advice on how to live with a seizure disorder and face it everyday ? bevin 30 Epilepsy 6 09-13-2007 02:43 PM
How do Centinarians live to 100 6foot3 Healthy Lifestyle 9 07-08-2006 01:01 AM
Just goes to show ya it aint good to live in the dark mizplaced Depression 3 04-03-2006 05:46 PM
Laugh for the day Shadowrider Multiple Sclerosis 18 09-20-2005 09:55 AM
Not a way to live kathryn00 Bipolar Disorder 4 08-15-2005 05:02 PM
Why do you live each day? dd annie Depression 13 07-20-2005 07:36 AM
Hi Friends ! Do You Wanna Great laugh!???/Belle nanna02 Spinal Cord Disorders 3 11-22-2003 08:47 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:38 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!