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I have been struggling with anxiety for some time now. Meditation helps sometimes, but other times I am not able to concentrate nor to stop thinking at all.
I tried to do breathing exercises but they are of little help so usually I just suffer.
doing breathing exercises when anxiety comes up is kind of like learning bjj while you're in a fight. try practicing breathing exercises when you're otherwise feeling fine, and eventually they will also work during a panic attack.
I have general anxiety disorder and I've been on medication for it for the last decade.
It's very difficult to deal with free-floating (ambient) anxiety. Medicines help dull the pain but not much. It gets worse when I'm particularly stressful so I keep myself as distracted as possible at such times. Always have some comforting activity you can turn to — one you can pick up and drop at any time you like. I like listening to podcasts whilst knitting. Helps me feel productive and forget my problems. Alcohol unfortunately also helps (just as any other depressants, such as benzodiazepines) but it's one of the unhealthy coping habits that sneak up on you, together with stuff like binge eating. Try to develop habits around healthy things that comfort you instead, such as drinking tea or going on walks.
If I feel an (acute) anxiety attack kicking in, I first take some deep breaths and tell myself I'm in control and I can defuse this. Then I take some propranolol if I have some handy and have a shower if I'm at home. If I'm outside, I try to isolate myself somewhere like a toilet and splash some cool water on my face. I keep doing breathing exercises the whole time. Fresh air also helps. Learn the signs of an incoming attack if you suffer from it often. Some antidepressants (like bupropion) make it easy to determine if you're about to have an attack.
This makes a lot of sense.
How do you handle anxiety?
Poorly. I basically live in solitary confinement, because Hell is other people.
Ashwagandha and saffron may help.
Exercise: It may seem impossible to get motivated, but you don't need motivation. Don't even bother probing your feelings. Anxiety commonly causes depression, which in turn causes people to feel they are not enjoying thing and will not enjoy things even if they try them. The trick is to do it anyways. Keep it up for months. Try to keep your heart rate elevated for 30 minutes a day. If you fail or are physically tired or sore and cannot do it just accept you are human. Failure is a normal part of life. Try to made exercise a habit. It is not easy, but many people report exercise at the main and best cure for the depression part of anxiety. That can help you sleep better and that will help with feeling tense.
Might try cutting caffeine and stimulants out of your diet and try to not overeat or eat unhealthy foods. Try to avoid taking sleeping pills or other aids to make you feel sleepy. This can help occasionally, but if you are taking them several times a week or multiple nights in a row you are probably only hurting yourself in the long run. Drink a lot of water to help with exercise and avoid headaches.
Look for tips on improving sleep.
Maybe trying making a time to write down you worries (plan for a time to worry and then try to only worry each day during that time), that works for some people.
Mindfulness has proven to help many people with anxiety.
I haven't seen these, but they are on I2P:
TTC - Practicing Mindfulness An Introduction to Meditation
Clearnet torrent of a pretty relaxing book (overly spiritual, but it also has a lot of good tips for mindfulness):
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunarantana
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Anxiety sucks. I suggest not resorting to long-term drug use, as there are probably healthier way to deal with it. But even then, drugs are probably better then living with anxiety for years.
Beware of the Xanax. It does the jos as an anxyolitic, but it also has uninhibiting effects. You can become surprisingly violent. The addiction is terrible too.
also: talk to someone, a professional. they can help.
Things that I do to manage anxiety I feel?
- take a step back, breath
- write explicitly, with extreme description, about situations in which my anxiety appears
- get some exercise, even a walk with my dog around the block for a quick change of scenery helps
- do things that no one has expectations of me for: draw, paint, clean, read, write, play a conflict free video game, etc
do things that no one has expectations of me for: draw, paint, clean, read, write, play a conflict free video game, etc
Finding fun again by spreading your wings a bit with abandon is terrific advice.
But I'll admit that the last time I followed it my carefree activity
morphed into my day job, so do be careful.
Where did you find a knitting job?
tfw not on a knitting farm somewhere in eastern europe.
Honestly, that sounds much better than wasting my life toiling in the sooty Java mines.
I feel bad now, don't.
I used to be a wreck before I got into meditation. Then I achieved nirvana, and never looked back. (help me)
Jesus - He's the answer to anxiety
I thank every day Jesus for giving me anxiety.
I agree with the exercise bit wholeheartedly. Last time I suggested lifting as a way to cope with depression on this board I got called out for Bro Science. Sigh.
Will the exercises in SICP do?
Computer Science is not about computers, it's about Bros.