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Offline allmostawake

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Great stuff!! I'll try them both. It's funny (well not really) but the longer I live with the many facets of depression/anxiety/panic I realize that there are (at least for me) 2 distinct things I have to real with and recognize. 1. There IS something wrong with the physiology of my brain. Which resulting in the physical things that I feel and 2. How I process those feelings. I'm convinced that some or even many people experience similar physical symptoms that I do but, the have some innate ability to not bothered by them to the degree that some or most of do.

 For me my biggest problem is that I lost a great job and have been out of work for more than 10 years. Because I no longer live in an area that has huge manufacturing base.  I used to work for Boeing and NASA in the Seattle area. I am back in the SF Bay Area.   And I'm hearing impaired, 60 years old with all the associated health issues of a person who's aging badly.

 I come here to share when I'm feeling hopeless and helpless. And it's a comfort to share with you all. Thanks, Ray
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Offline HaileyAnn

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What wonderful ideas! I should definitely try those, considering it's 1 in the morning and I'm nowhere near sleep because my brain won't quiet down. It's quite frustrating sometimes.
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Offline CanadianGuy87

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Wow, those are really great ideas! I think I might start up that positivity box activity in a bit and put all my anxiety at rest by putting it in the negative box and then never open it again. Thanks for sharing! God Bless!  :sign0087:
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Offline Rainbowlight

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Thank you, Tam for the wonderful suggestions =).
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Awesome advice .. I will be goung to buy some post it notes today. Maybe i will have these over analyzing thoughts about my marriage out if my head soon. Thank you
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Offline anxietycase88

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I know I am late on replying to this, but these are really good exercises to do!! I am going to have to start doing this!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Offline KAngel108

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Thank you for this...I suffer with GAD and some panic attacks as well but mainly GAD. It has been going in cycles and recently it has started to affect my sleep again :( I am afraid that I will have sleepless nights again and they worries me. I went through a period of not sleeping for about a week until i finally crashed! I do not want to experience this again. I will try to practice these exercises and also keep my faith in God and practice patience.

I just want anxiety to be gone from my life forever.

Thanks again...

KAngel108
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Offline msaurabh

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thanx for sharing ths bt i think it needs quite a practice ... i hope it will work well now
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Offline netbell1

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Thanku for great ideas i know u put them up a couple of years ago but hope ur still doing great am going to give it a go thannu :-)
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Offline Donniesands

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Thanks for this. I have a book of positive affirmations but maybe some sticky notes would help visualize more
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Offline Tam0630

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Wow, I am so immensely overwhelmed by the response to this thread. Thank you all for sharing your stories with me and for your kind words. I hope these ideas have helped some of you to at least receive a little bit of hope! Since writing this, I have scoured around and found some affirmations that can be incorporated into these methods that I think may help some of you as they have helped me. I will list them here.

Health

Every cell in my body is in perfect health
Every Cell in my body vibrates with energy and health
Loving myself heals my life. I nourish my mind, body and soul

Gratefulness

The more grateful I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful

Relationships

I have a wonderful partner and we are both happy and at peace
I attract only healthy relationships

Weight Loss, Self Esteem and Self Image

I am the perfect weight for me
I choose to make positive healthy choices for myself
I choose to exercise regularly
When I believe in myself, so do others
I am my own unique self - special, creative and wonderful

Happiness and Enjoyment of Life

My life is a joy filled with love, fun and friendship all I need do is stop all criticism, forgive, relax and be open.
I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life.
Every day, and in every way, things are getting better and better

Loneliness and Depression

I feel the love of those who are not physically around me.
I take pleasure in my own solitude.
I am too big a gift to this world to feel self-pity and sadness.
I love and approve of myself.
I am a unique child of this world
I have every bit as much brightness to offer the world as the next person
I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters
I may be one of 7 billion but I am also one in 7 billion!
I may not understand the good in this situation yet but it is there
I can muster up a little more hope and courage from deep inside me
I choose to find hopeful and optimistic ways to look at this
I refuse to give up because I havenít tried all possible ways

Fear

I focus on breathing and grounding myself.
Following my intuition and my heart keeps me safe and sound.
I am drawing from my inner strength and inner light.
I trust myself

Anger

The anger does not reflect who I am
I let go of my anger so I can see clearly
I accept responsibility if my anger has hurt anyone
I replace my anger with understanding and compassion
I offer a sincere apology to those affected by my anger

Insomnia

I know that peaceful sleep awaits me in dreamland
I let go of all the lies I tell myself
I let go of my thoughts until the morning
I embrace the peace and quiet of the night
I sleep soundly and deeply and beautifully into this night







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Offline pandaghost

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I know this is a bit late, but thank you so much for posting this. I'm always ruminating. Something in me has me convinced that I won't solve any of my problems or worries if I don't think about them. So a lot of the time that I'm supposed to be sleeping or working or hanging out with friends, I'm drowning in my thoughts. I'm going to try these exercises this week. Thank you.
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Offline teria069

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nice post tam, i will try using these techniques to see if they will help me
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Offline DreamyDaisey

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Those are great strategies.  Definatley will use them, especially right now.  Thank you!
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Offline Hopey

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I love this! Going to start this tonight. Thank you.
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