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Re: The NEW HA challange- Please join and lets help each other succeed!
« Reply #160 on: November 06, 2013, 05:07:31 AM »
I am going to look into trying mindfulness.

I am going to try to sleep without distractions like the radio to drown out my thoughts.

I am going to make sure I eat a balanced diet.

I am going to drink responsibly or not at all.

I am going to get CBT therapy (a bit of a cheat this one as I am already signed up for an assessment)
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« Reply #161 on: December 01, 2013, 04:39:56 PM »
After having really bad anxiety since Wednesday, I finally got out of the house last night. My mom, aunt, and I took my kids to the cities christmas festival. We stood around bonfires and listened to christmas carols. It really helped with my anxiety! I'm still felling a little anxious today, but overall better. I'm really glad I went, because I almost changed my mind at the last minute.
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« Reply #162 on: December 06, 2013, 01:24:21 AM »
Scared- thouse are awsome quotes. I think our problem is is getting to the point of acceptance. It sounds so easy just to turn off our anxiety- I wish it was... But we are in a cycle thats never ending... we are the only ones that can truely make it stop. Of course therapy and medications are there to help us along but we are the only ones that can tell our minds to "stop" think rationally.
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Re: The NEW HA challange- Please join and lets help each other succeed!
« Reply #163 on: December 06, 2013, 07:42:22 PM »
I am going to stop looking up symptoms on the internet.

I am going to stop cyclical thought patterns that do nothing for me but stress me out.

Every time I feel anxiety, I am going to tell my loved ones. Sometimes the worst part is trying to act like everything is okay It isolates you and that makes it worse. Talking about it takes the power away from it.
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Re: The NEW HA challange- Please join and lets help each other succeed!
« Reply #164 on: December 09, 2013, 11:28:05 AM »
I'm up for the challenge!!! Last month, I decided to try counseling/cognitive therapy... I want to get better... I hate my health anxiety, especially when I know the only thing that is "ill" is my brain making me feel this way... I had my first appointment on November 25th... there was a lot of stress at the time, and my grandmother was very ill (She passed away later that day after my appointment) - I have a second appointment on December 18th... I feel like I am taking control of my anxiety instead of it taking control of me!!!  Good luck everyone!!! :bigsmile:
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« Reply #165 on: February 04, 2014, 02:12:56 PM »
This is my first-ever post here.  I've been battling HA for the past year -- using therapy, an SSRI, and my PCP and a neurologist.

I've never felt completely normal over the past 12 months, but I definitely took a big turn for the worse in January -- so I've decided to combat this head-on, instead of being back on my heels (which is how I've felt most of the time).  So here's what I've been doing:

1.  I've been doing the HA modules stickied here, which have been REALLY helpful.  In fact, I've done some of them twice.

2.  I've done some additional work -- charting the history of my anxiety, which if I look back actually started in 2011, with roots as far back as 2009.  I can document anxiety episodes that increased in intensity and frequency.  The sheer volume and pattern helps to convince me of the fact that I DO have anxiety and DON'T have a neurological condition.

3.  I've also done a lot of thinking about the common threads in my anxiety episodes (including my HA).  They all have a basis in fear, guilt, and a feeling of a loss of control.  Now, when I have a symptom, I try to remind myself that I am speaking through my body -- expressing these feelings.

4.  I'm trying to make sure I include things in my day that A) I enjoy and B) are beneficial to my state of mind.  Taking a walk outside, socializing on my own terms, cleaning/reorganizing a ***** in my house, doing something that gives me a sense of accomplishment that also speaks to my priorities -- I try to do two or three of these each day.

5.  Practicing mindfulness and reducing multitasking.  I have a busy household, so this is hard -- but I find real benefits in giving something (or someone) my undivided attention.

6.  Focusing on others.  My own head is sometimes not the best place to be.  Focusing on others, and especially doing something nice for someone else, is truly helpful.

These are the proactive things; I'm also trying to avoid checking myself for symptoms and the other bad habits.  But in addition, I'm trying to crowd out those bad habits with better ones.
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« Reply #166 on: February 05, 2014, 06:22:12 AM »
Thank you for this post and this wonderful idea.  I just joined here and really would love to read the success stories and the things people are doing to feel better.

Okay, so...

I have decided to do some meditating - specifically something I read about yesterday.  I close my eyes and relax and imagine standing in front of a container.  Beside it is its lid.  One by one I name my anxiety or worry, see it and hold it, then place it into the container.  I continue until I can't think of any more.  Then I put the lid on it and put it in a ground safe.  (The thing I read said to put it on a shelf, but I figured that's not far enough away for me ;D)  So after it's in a locked safe, I close the door on the closet it's in.  Then I walk through about 6 doors, closing them all behind me as I go.  One of the doors, I made into a huge iron door with incredible locks.  Finally I walk outside into the sunshine and close the last door.

I've only done this once - and when I thought about the health anxiety (which is what I'm seriously struggling with right now), it's like it wouldn't let go of my body.  In my mind I pulled out some serious clippers and cut it away from me.  When I tried to put it into the container it tried to get out, so I finally had to tape around the lid, then decided to put heavy duty tape around the whole container ;D  (Hey, I didn't want that stuff back!! :P)  That left the pieces that I wasn't able to clip away, so I worked on all of that until it was gone.  Shewwwwww!!!  Okay, now you can see how my mind works and how I go a little over-board!

Another thing I decided to do is take Ativan when I feel so bad I can't take it.  That's a huge step for me, as I'm scared that medicine will give me cancer.  Yeah, I know how crazy it sounds.  I took one yesterday for the first time and it worked.  The other thing is it's addictive, and I'm scared of that.  My mother is addicted to prescription pills :(

When I have some time later I'll read everyone's post here.  And I'll probably add more!

Thank you to everybody here.  I feel so grateful for finding this place to write out my fears! <3
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Re: The NEW HA challange- Please join and lets help each other succeed!
« Reply #167 on: February 05, 2014, 06:40:11 PM »
That is an interesting visualization!  I'll give it a try.  I seriously will try anything (within reason).

My therapist, who also treats kids, used the metaphor of watering tomatoes.  If you pay a lot of attention to something, it grows and thrives and takes up more *****; but if you ignore it, it withers and dies.  I've found it helpful to apply this to a physical symptom and/or a health worry.  If I catch myself focusing on one of these, I remind myself to "stop watering the wrong tomatoes!"

I do notice that when I cultivate (to extend the metaphor) the right thoughts, I do (mostly) notice a reduction in physical symptoms.  In theory, just as the physical symptom-->anxiety-->physical symptom-->anxiety cycle runs one way, maybe we can turn it around to run the other way -- positive thought -->reduction in physical symptoms-->positive thought.

I am not sure where the subconscious fits into this model.  Part of my problem is that years ago I had a job where I learned a lot about various nasty diseases.  At the time, it was mostly fascinating from a scientific perspective, but now I find all that information percolates up into my thoughts and my symptoms.
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Re: The NEW HA challange- Please join and lets help each other succeed!
« Reply #168 on: February 06, 2014, 12:31:26 PM »
 ;D This is a great post!!! THANK YOU!!!
 
 I started therapy back in November for HA and Panic Attacks. I have found it to be extremely helpful (and my therapist is AWESOME which makes it even better) - I use visualization a lot and bringing myself to my "edge" then using coping techniques to bring myself back down again, knowing that it is only anxiety... since I have been in therapy, I have been panic attack free for almost 3 months (don't get me wrong, I still have anxious moments, but I don't go over the edge, I know what it is now) and this is how I visualize it... 

  My therapist said that anxiety is a little demon we all possess, and certainly "some" anxiety is a good thing... but when you suffer from anxiety (which 50% of the population does, so we aren't alone) - that demon resides a little closer in our minds than most, and he likes to play tug of war.  now, if you can't win tug of war by pulling your opponent into the mud, what do you do? LET GO!! Learn to let go of the demon rope that is anxiety! I know this sounds crazy, but for any of  you that have seen the Despicable Me movie, my demon looks like a little purple evil minion, and when I get anxious thoughts, I close my eyes and visualize him playing tug of war.... when I'm ready, I take a big deep breath, and let go of the rope... watching him fall away.... before I know it, the anxious feelings are gone, and the demon goes back to his hiding *****. Anxiety will never "go away" but being able to better control it, means the world to a sufferer.

  If you have doubts about cognitive or behavioral therapy, it doesn't hurt to try... seriously, it's not an addictive pill... it's not permanent... and its all about how much you put into it... so my positive message is:

  I am going to help people better understand the benefits of cognitive therapy for health anxiety.... and in a few short months.. you will be on the same track as me... panic attack free, and living life to the fullest (most of the time... don't get me wrong, some days are worse than others) but you learn to push through it... :)

 Happy Thoughts!!!
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« Reply #169 on: February 08, 2014, 06:33:08 AM »
Yay, I haven't Googled since I last posted here on the challenge thread. 3 days.  I've been so tempted.  I can't say what I did instead - just the normal things I do.  I just have said no to myself and done something else.  I also have been trying not to check symptoms.  That one's harder for me. 

I love reading positive things people are doing to help themselves, and hope people continue posting.
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