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Anxiety Who?

Anxiety Who?

I am a driven person who does a lot, and I have to tell myself to sit down occasionally. 2010 was a great year, I was teaching, completed graduate school, had my second child, and got promoted; I was on a roll.

As I got ready to move to a different state in November of 2010, I experienced Vertigo where the room spun uncontrollably. I could not walk or open my eyes. I was scared; I had no control of my body. Due to the severity of the episode, I was taken to the hospital and was informed I had Vertigo. I’ve never heard of it. The doctors did their usual tests and concluded that I had low potassium, high pressure and an imbalance in my ear which caused my vertigo.

I’ve never experienced such a thing, I was frightened and those feelings brought on my anxiety. I left the hospital in a panic thinking it would happen again. While driving my heart would race anticipating the unknown.  As the days passed my anxiety became worst; I wanted to get rid of it. I thought all I needed was some pills and I would be back to my normal happy self. Oh, boy was I wrong; it lasted for three years. I was on edge at work thinking the room would begin to spin while teaching, high alert while driving, and I couldn’t visit crowded places. I couldn’t be in any stores for long; I wanted to get out from the moment I walked in. I wanted to be home in my safe zone, but I could not let this anxiety change my way of living. The first year was challenging, the second year I reduced my anxiousness and by the third year, I was good to go.

Anxiety can be a terrifying thing for anyone, and no one should live in that state of mind. I didn’t want it to affect my way of living, so here are five measures I did to free myself from my anxiety:

Medication- When I got to my new location I went straight to a clinic and said I have anxiety and I need medication to get rid of it now. The attendant looked at me as if I was crazy and said you need to make an appointment. I waited three days, and I was challenging. All I could do was sleep, but it was hard when there are two kiddos needing my attention. I wanted to get rid of it ASAP!

The doctor recommended Zoloft, which is taken for depression and I knew I wasn’t depressed. I was hesitant to take it; I didn’t want to become dependent on medication. I tried it for 30 days and I did notice a change; my mind was not racing with thoughts, it was calm. I wanted to let go of my anxiety naturally, so I stopped after 30 days and the emotions came right back; my mind was going nonstop.

Counselor – The counselor was a big help; I met with her twice a month for 6 months. She packaged everything I’ve accomplished within the last five years into perspective. And it was a lot; from having two kids, several relocation, buying a house, school and taking care of family, it was a LOT. Our conversations allowed me to slow down and take more time for myself.

Running– This was my go to, whenever my mind started racing I was running. I ran after work, on the weekends and it helped tremendously. It stopped all the chatters in my head.

Music– I listened to music that was uplifting, lots of Rhythm & Blues (mostly Trey Songz) my favorite artist. When I went to bed, I wore headphones at the beginning of my anxiety phase. This method stopped the noise in my head and I got a good night of rest.

Self-Motivation- I am one positive person; my mornings were full of positive affirmations. One of my go-to sayings was “its all in my head” like the artist Nelly in his song ” Over and Over”. I watched many Super Soul Sunday episodes, laughed a lot and read motivational articles. I still do these things.

 

Having a positive mindset during the three years made the process better. I don’t have anxiety anymore, but like you, I get anxious at times before briefings, testings and it’s all natural feelings to have. Anxiety can be a monster; I didn’t let it consume me and no one should either.

Here are four sites with great information on anxiety:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America https://www.adaa.org

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry https://www.aacap.org

Resources to Recovery, https://www.rtor.org

National Institute of Mental Health, https://www.himb.nih.gov

Question-Do you know anyone who struggles with anxiety and what are they doing to control or get rid of it?

Shevvymac
“Motivation Accountability Change”

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5 comments found

  1. I suffer from anxiety. Very first time was when we were told that were getting deployed to Afghanistan. I had no idea what to expect and I felt like I had no control. I was prescribed meds, but since then it hasn’t really gotten better, but I’ve gotten it under control. I went to therapy, and I generally meditate and even workout on my treadmill. I stay away from crowded places and you would find me at the supermarket at midnight or close to closing, because of that reason. Your ways are all ways that can help someone facing anxiety issues.

    1. Hey Annmariejohn,
      Thank you for sharing and it’s tough dealing with anxiety and being apart of the military. I understand that the additional stress can contribute to enhancing your anxiety. I reacted the same way in crowded places, being around so many people made it worst. Continue to have a positive mindset and do the things you are doing now.

  2. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I’ve been suffering from anxiety as long as I can remember. I tend to worry a lot and have racing thoughts. At at times it seems like I can’t just relax because I always feel like I have to be doing something; like as if I’m not doing enough. I have a few techniques that work good for me however sometimes I still tend to let it control me. I use a lot of deep breathing exercises as well as meditation techniques. I can honestly say that YouTube has been a good friend of mine for several relaxation videos. I am praying for the day that I can say that I am in full control. You made some good ideas on how we can control this monster called anxiety. These ideas have been very helpful to me as well.

    1. Hello Latrice,
      Thank you for sharing and anxiety is no joke if you don’t have it under control. I am happy to read that you have some methods to assist you when it becomes overwhelming. I truly understand where you are coming from because I have had those racing thougts. Continue to find more ways to keep it under control and breathing is Key!

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