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.
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
) 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
(Hey, I didn't want that stuff back!!
) 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