After all my heart worries, panic attacks etc I started running regularly, running several half marathons, some smaller races and continuing to run several times a week up until now. I felt so great, totally cured of my anxiety.
Wonderful, wonderful! Seems you are, overwhelmingly likely, healthy. Congrats! But, unfortunately (in a good way mostly:), that makes you just like most of us other peeps here on The AZ.....you are healthy, overall, and have anxiety issues. But, we can, certainly, work on our anxiety issues and, hopefully, get ourselves moving along our healing path (again:).
HA tends to wax and wane as we move through our lives. We have good times in our dealings and we have some not so good times. But, we sure do tend to discount our good times, to a powerful extent, when are facing a setback and when we might be falling into some old repeat thinking patterns and repeat patterns of embracing habits and actions that are detrimental for our longer-term healing path (one terrible habit is googling, of course!). Though tough when we are struggling a bit, we have to try to embrace that we have been down this path before (and we will likely have some sort of interactions in the future, as well). We have lived, when we truly thought we were going to die, or become incapacitated, from some sinister disease. Overwhelmingly (and I mean so freaking fantastically overwhelmingly:), we aren't going to die this time either.
So, now that we know we aren't going to die and leave behind our loved ones, we can focus on our mental health. If only it were that easy - I know:) But, ultimately, it does come down to focusing on our mental health and moving away from repeat medical intervention and repeat self-checking and repeat self-diagnosing.
What actions and habits and mindsets have helped you in the past with your overall anxiety?
What habits and actions and mindsets do you find yourself falling into when you get hyper anxious and full of worry about there being something going on in your body that is bad?
Insomnia is one of the more prevalent 'side-effects' of anxiety issues. Most of us have dealt with it, at times. 'Fatal Insomnia' is a pretty common worry around The AZ, as well. In all my years (about 30 years now) of being an anxiety person and being involved in groups like The AZ, and others, I have never even heard of an anxiety peep dying from FA....NEVER!:) Pretty good odds:) Not saying you fear this....just wanted to throw that out there, as most HA peeps with insomnia have googled this and FA comes up eventually:)
Are you working with a Doc / psych on a game plan to get you 'back on track'?:)
IMHO, we aren't 'cured' from HA / ADs....we learn how to accept them....manage them....learn how discount them, so to speak. We learn how to live WELL (SO very well:) alongside them. We learn how to be the major definer of our overall well-being and not have anxiety call too many
of the shots. All this we can do. All this we can do even when anxiety has got us in its grips and we might feel we are pretty helpless. We are never helpless:)
Peace and Feel Well:)