This is going to be my last post here for a while. I've realized that spending too much time on forums such as this can actually increase my anxiety levels and lead to more negative thinking and thus more negative physical symptoms.
I've been attending CBT sessions with a great therapist, and I did want to pass along some positive things I've gotten from the visits. Hopefully, these tools can help you in your journey to overcome your health anxiety, or anxiety in general. I've accepted the fact that meds alone will not cure my thought processes. Healing is real work, and it must be put into practice on a daily basis in order to get better.
These are a few things I keep in mind when I begin to worry about a symptom or issue or even that I won't ever improve:
1. I'm healthy. My Dr. has confirmed this. My tests are fine.
2. I am loved and not alone.
3. My thoughts and feelings will deceive me if I let them.
4. I must accept being uncomfortable at times. Life comes with no guarantees of perfect health or pain-free life.
5. I must focus on the positive aspects of my life.
6. I must live in the present.
Things to let go of:
1. A constant need for reassurance - be it through a Dr. or WebMD or my spouse
2. Self checking
4. Negative thought spirals and circular thinking
6. Self Doubt
7. Lack of trust
8. Fear of failure or catastrophe
Things to DO:
1. Find at least one thing to do each day that scares you or that you would normally avoid
2. Find a thought that makes you feel thankful
3. Find a thought that makes you feel happy
4. Breathing exercises
6. Immediate dismissal of negative thoughts - throw them away from the get-go
7. Make up a mantra to repeat when you fall into negative thinking or feel panicky.
8. Exercise mindfulness
9. Remind yourself that you can be calm
10. Exercise and find hobbies
Good luck to all of you!