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Journels for anxiety
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:32:54 PM »
I have been doing a lot of research on anxiety for self help and the more we fight it the more it stays I'm sure everyone knows this already. I know it's hard because sometimes I feel it's impossible to stop thinking the way we do. I read that there was a research for people with health anxiety who would write down their worries and fears everyday for 30 mins on the exact same time they started on the first day and they noticed the more they kept this journal the less they feared. They didn't say why or could give an explaniation why it just seemed to work. I'm going to try this in about a week to see if it works if anyone is willing to join me and check in with one another your more than welcomed. They say people lose weight faster when their doing it with someone(s) so I figured why not with anxiety. Anything is possible.


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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 06:34:27 PM »
I actually started doing a journal too, hope it helps!
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 07:36:13 PM »
That's good how do you feel it's working?
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 08:46:11 PM »
I have read that keeping a journal is supposed to help and im willing to try anything at this point.
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 01:55:31 AM »
I journal my fears and negative thoughts. I find it really helps me, but don't be discouraged if it doesn't seem to be working for you because everybody is different, get creative! I had a friend who found that dealing with his depression was easier when he sang, he now sings two nights a week at a bar in Brisbane and it is a great outlet for him. Also, I find cooking to be a great stress reliever.. Good luck, hope everything works out for you!
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 09:59:21 AM »
I havent' started yet. I won't to go get a journal and try it to see if it helps relieve the anxiety and stress that the thoughts cause me. I feel like im TERRIFIED of everything and it's making me depressed and I can't live this way. I have 2 children and a wonderful husband! I refuse to lose them because of my silly anxiety so I'm will to try anything!
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 07:16:54 PM »
Jax, I've been doing this for almost the whole time I've had anxiety - 35 years.  Not doing it regularly anymore, but in the beginning, I'd print up blank calendars.  When I would have symptoms, I'd write down my symptom in the "day" box and I'd also write down whatever "consciously" was going on in my life.  Over the course of a decade (or less), I saw many, many symptoms repeat themselves.  It was like a light went on.  What???!!!!  Seeing this IN WRITING confirmed to my brain that this was all in my head.  I was bringing on these symptoms.

35 years later, I can happily say that when I experience any physical symptom, 99% of the time, I write it off as being benign.  Or, I give it some time and it eventually goes away.  Sometimes the symptom sticks around for awhile (a few years ago I had the weak legs thing going on for about a year), but you know what?  I didn't lose any sleep over it.  I just KNEW in my heart that it was the anxiety.  Sure enough - it eventually went away.  This type of journaling, after time, can make you so strong.  Believe me! I'm definitely proof of that.

It takes persistence though and you need to be very diligent about it.  But, even after a year, if you keep track of symptoms and "events" in your life, a pattern will likely show up.
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2013, 08:26:22 AM »
That's awesome and very comforting to hear. I'm going to start it soon in hopes it works for me as it did you. When I write do I just write what I'm feeling and why I'm feeling that way? Should I write what I was doing that triggered it? Sometimes I noticed when my stress level is high my anxiety and thoughts kick in. When I start I will let you know :) Thanks for the encouragment.
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 03:17:32 PM »
Jax, you won't always know what is triggering your anxiety.  It could be something from 20 years ago that your brain just happened to focus on at that moment.

I used a regular calendar - the kind with the little blank boxes.  Not alot of room to write in, but enough to put down one word for a symptom and another word to describe a known stressor in your life at that time.  Sometimes it's just enough to see that the symptoms are recurring over months and years and you haven't died from them!  Sometimes, it also helps to see that your symptoms are associated with the known stress that you've listed.
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Re: Journels for anxiety
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2013, 05:49:30 AM »
I have been doing a lot of research on anxiety for self help and the more we fight it the more it stays I'm sure everyone knows this already. I know it's hard because sometimes I feel it's impossible to stop thinking the way we do. I read that there was a research for people with health anxiety who would write down their worries and fears everyday for 30 mins on the exact same time they started on the first day and they noticed the more they kept this journal the less they feared. They didn't say why or could give an explaniation why it just seemed to work. I'm going to try this in about a week to see if it works if anyone is willing to join me and check in with one another your more than welcomed. They say people lose weight faster when their doing it with someone(s) so I figured why not with anxiety. Anything is possible.

Thinking positive :yes:

Keeping a journal can actually serve as complementary therapy for anxiety or general thoughts. I personally keep a journal for reflective thinking. It helps with creating a cohesive story about everything that's happen or worries. Helps quite a bit :)
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