The best ways to deal with anxiety


emgape
on Mar 05, 2012 @ 06:53 pm

Last year I found myself worrying about everything. For example, the next day of work, my bills being paid, loosing my job, my husband cheating .... you name it.....
I have not been a worrier before, so I went back and started analyzing what went wrong. Well, i did not take me long to realize that I barely hit the gym or exercise, I ate a lot of carbohydrates  and sugary foods and felt like I was tired most of the time. Exercise felt terribly unappealing to me.
One day after wanting to stop feeling sorry for myself, I decided to tackle the issue. Ironically, trying to find ways to motivate myself to go to the gym, I would eat chocolate (in small quantities) after a work out. Behaviorally i learned, is a positive reinforcement to a beneficial behavior.  Well as i found out later is not that bad to have your sugars after the gym because muscles need sugar :).

With exercise, my energy levels increased and, I as saw my body change, my determination increased. I am a lot healthier now. I drink water whenever a craving for sugar hits. I also replaced sugar cravings with frozen grapes, or other fruits.I complemented my diet and exercise routine with a lot of research on anxiety and found distraction to be a very effective way to deal with worries. After all, the gym became one of those distractions :)

I do not engage in my worries anymore.  In other words I don't dance  to my anxiety rhythm.I cannot say I am completly cured, but a change on life style has helped big time. I am also reading on mindfulness and spirituality lately and found a new way to see life. kind off accepting more what life brings.

 I wonder what are your ways to deal with anxiety??
 


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Patricia
Thanks for posting! on Mar 05, 2012 @ 07:50 pm

I have been feeling very anxious lately too! Lack of exercise might be my problem too! I've been meaning to get back into a routine, but I keep putting it off. Thanks for posting your experience. I will start working out in the morning again to try to destress my life.
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Ali de Bold
Exercise on Mar 05, 2012 @ 09:12 pm

It's funny I was just saying the same thing today about feeling anxiety. Maybe it's the change of season/weather. Either way, exercise is the best cure.
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AlexJC
Agree! on Mar 05, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

It's funny because everything you just described, I TOTALLY understand!!! I was always one of those people who was all "ugh exercise??? Not for me, yuck!" but after the new year, I thought to myself, why not try it out? What I was doing, wasn't working for me. Now that I've been doing it for a while, I find it so stress relieving. I have a friend who isn't into losing weight but had anxiety, she was recommended exercise and so she goes to the gym, works out and then goes for wings and fast food with friends! In addition to working out, I've found eating more protein and less carbs has really helped me. I feel way more energetic.

I am also a big DIYer and crafter so I knit and bead or sew, especially before going to bed, I find knitting and doing something with my hands really relaxing. I also bake and cook a lot, I like the idea of just concentrating on my task at hand, I feel so accomplished afterwards.

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sirenstarlight
Anxiety on Apr 24, 2012 @ 08:17 am

I was never a fan of going to the gym, but I definitely think that walking helps with my anxiety.
Also, I mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA" lang="EN-US">got my dog when I was going through a particularly rough year in my life and I've found that he keeps me grounded. I have to get out of bed to walk him even if I don't want to get up and I have to keep a schedule which has surprisingly also helped me take better care of myself while taking care of him. If I have to get up at 6:30am to walk him, I might as well have breakfast, etc. On top of that regardless of how stressed out or depressed I'm feeling, he'll always make me laugh. He makes everything a little better :)
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sirenstarlight
*sigh* on Apr 24, 2012 @ 08:17 am

I'm not sure how I keep messing up the font/format of my comments...
Can anyone give me any advise on this?
Is there any way to delete a post when I do? :/
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aimee.mercer
Anxiety on Apr 25, 2012 @ 09:46 am

Same here (sirenstarlight)... I got my golden retriever puppy when I was going through a hard time (I could have literally cried everyday I was so stressed). At first it was even more stressful but as the weeks went on and we all got into a schedule it has made a HUGE change in my life. I find that he keeps me busy so I don't have time to stress! I get up an hour early before work and we go for a nice walk, then we walk again on my lunch hour and depending on the day we will either walk or run after I'm done work! I wouldn't say I never stress now, because I have my days but it's not even comparable to how I was before. I also like to take warm baths with the music on and maybe a glass of red wine to unwind after a hectic day in the office!

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