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High Anxiety levels - March 25th 2012, 06:57 AM

I'm not sure where to put this thread, so if it's in the wrong spot sorry :/

Basically. My anxiety levels are very high. Im always restless, have to do something all the time or I feel like I'm going crazy if I don't, I'm fidgety(meaning always bouncing my leg up and down) hope that makes sense, and sometimes see things. And last Saturday my anxiety levels were so high I had an anxiety attack. Then almost had another one 3 days later.

Is there anyway to decrease my anxiety? Any ideas?


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Re: High Anxiety levels - March 26th 2012, 07:36 PM

Hi there.

Anxiety can be really hard to cope with and I can relate to that. But there are things you can do to try and help your anxiety.

It might be good for you to figure out what are your triggers (what makes you feel anxious). You could try doing this by writing a log. Write the date, time, where you are, who you're with, what's going on, how you are feeling and you anxiety levels and see if there is a pattern or certain situations where you feel more anxious than others. Then you can work through techniques and find ones which help you and put these in place for when you know you're going in to a anxiety triggering situation.

Try doing breathing techniques. If you start to feel anxious, take several deep breathes. I always breathe 1 2 3 4 5 through my nose and 1 2 3 4 out my mouth to try and regulate my breathing to help my anxiety. Some people finding things like generally counting really good to because it distracts their minds. I find things like loud noises and crowds trigger my anxiety so when I go in to those situations, I try and have someone with me who I trust which makes me feel safer and/or I listen to music which helps me keep calm.

Some people find things like sport (swimming, running etc) really good for anxiety or even try doing yoga and mediation. It can be really relaxing and things like yoga can take practice but once you get in to it might be really good and if it might help you then it's worth the shot.

You can do things like writing down your thoughts too but sometimes when we're in the moment of anxiety it's not 'that easy'. If you feel really anxious like you're going to have a panic attack, try and get yourself out of the situation and try and have someone with you who can help you through it. Ground yourself. What I mean by this is perhaps hold on to the chair you're sat on and remind yourself where you are and who you're with and start taking deep breathes. Remember, you can control your anxiety. It does not have to control you. Self positive talk can be really good to. Tell yourself that actually anxiety is normal and it's not a big deal. That this is not going to hurt you and that it will pass. You've gotten through it before and you can again.

If you think there's something specific triggering your anxiety such as a traumatic experience etc it might be worth looking in to getting some support too.

I hope this helps.
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