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Offline bessy_leyh18

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Whenever my anxiety goes over the top I only do what my therapist always say "Feel your pulse, inhale.... exhale.... You're still alive." I fear death. As in really. It's one cause of my anxiety attacks. I'm a veterinary medicine student and sometimes during surgery I prick my hands with needle and that would make me super worried... "what if the disease is transmitted to me? am i gonna die? how many days do I have left?" It's crazy but I just say what I was told and I would feel a little relaxed, not totally but at least it helped. 
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Offline EternalOptimst

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Appreciate your suggestions.  I put mine into voice recorder some times. 
My dr had me write down on paper that which worried me then she put the list thru the shredder. :)
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Offline Caleb

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 :action-smiley-065:  To Bessie Lehy (Jan7)  About those needle pricks:

Although I have enough high-anxiety experiences, or at least did a couple months ago, the needle thing I might know how to cope with.  (Unless being there in lab is already a signif. stressful thing.)  Others get those needle pricks too, right?, 'cause it's hard to think I'm the only one has that happen.  Well OK if quite a few others have that happening and it were a bit of a risk, there would be general awareness and there would be discussion of it.

My idea here: we're all in this together and I trust those around me.  (Kind of lemming like, I admit.  :)

If I am surrounded by others (others I trust, not morons) who are at the same level of risk I am, I figure I won't worry (take precautions, prepare to flee) any more than them.  I'm odd in that I have panics, or did sometimes in the pasth, but am not odd in the way I experience solidarity with (some) others.  Comfort in numbers (OK just on this one issue.   lol )

Am afraid of heights, a bit.  I could well be afraid of going over by a balcony rail, afraid balcony'd collapse,  but!:   Say if a bunch of ppl were standing by the rail, and then a few came away from it so I would not have to worry that my weight adding to...  well you know.  I could go join that slightly-reduced number of ppl, with a confidence that these ppl weren't falling so I'd be OK.   .  .  /cheers
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Offline Rangers14

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Ty! I think the hardest time to shut down is at noght but will try and use ur tips
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Offline AnxiousAlexis

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Interesting ideas!

I have terrible circling negative thoughts at bed time that can sometimes end with me having full blown panic attacks when I can't get them to stop. I have tried similar strategies in the past by trying to focus my mind and let myself know that I would be much better suited to addressing my issues in the morning with a clear head. Trying to talk myself down was always hit or miss though. Sometimes I could get myself to focus on sleeping and sometimes the thoughts would persist, drowning out any thoughts of my own I tried to stick in. Writing them down somewhere I can physically see them might be a good way to get them out of my head in a more literal way. I think it would take an awful lot of practice for me to actually get that to work though, instead of just writing them down and then continuing to to think about them.

I do love the positive affirmation idea though! I have a few mantras I repeat to myself when I start to feel nervous. And often times I will go to the kitchen in the morning and find that my boyfriend has written something sweet or silly on our chalkboard so that helps as well.

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Offline Perchancetosleep

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I have forgotten now what it is like to get a good nights sleep. The worry is there when I sleep and there when I wake. I find it very difficult to rest and have downtime. I am going to try some of these exercises but I will also investigate some more. Thanks
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Offline mammak

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I love these ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. I, too, will buy some Post-It Notes today.
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Kendra :)

Offline Jane Sander

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I actually wrote an article on sleep and our relationship with it. I'd love to hear what you guys think :)

http://www.calmandserenity.com/self-help/how-to-get-more-sleep/
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I sometimes write for www.calmandserenity.com which is a resource site by a few members of Health Anxiety Forum to help sufferers of panic and anxiety.

http://www.calmandserenity.com

Proud Headspacer :P

Offline outdoors123

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Good post
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Offline Amanda E

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great ideas!!
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