How are you handling anxiety in this time of COVID-19?

Posted by tnmama @tnmama, Mar 20 9:39pm

I have health anxiety and I have noticed this coronavirus stuff makes it tons worse. I am constantly looking at the numbers

@susan1954

For me, exercising is the best medicine for my anxiety symptoms whether it's about my daily struggle with this disorder or the numerous health issues in this world especially now.

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I’m right there with you. From the start of my “colon” adventure to todays topsy turvy world, I have used exercise/body movement to release built up stress. I wanted to say to everyone participating on this site, each of us have looked at our fragility in the eye either personally or through caregiving another. I believe our personal trials have given us a strength and a fortitude to be warriors. We should be proud and giving guidance to others who have not been challenged in the same way. It’s easy to be happy when life is rosy. Now, we get to dig deep. Believe me, this is my challenge. That’s why I appreciate your feedback and support Thank you.

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@nannyned

We are doing the email and phone thing. My son set my mother up on video phone, but being 89, she will probably not accomplish it without him. I suffer with anxiety anyway, and this situation is taking its toll. I was on anti depressants for 25 yrs and just weaned off them – last pill was Dec 25/19. Was full of anxiety after that, and with this Covid19 – my anxiety is right up there. Go for long walks which seem to help somewhat. However, tears are on the surface most of the time. I have heard that there is quite an attitude where baby boomers are concerned…like this is our fault. What is wrong with people? One post actually said that now the boomers are going to die, maybe I can buy a house…

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I too was recently weaned off my antidepressants (my choice) with my doctors ok. Don't believe they were helping. Wanted to start me on a different medication but unfortunately the drug company doesn't have a generic. Way too expensive for me approximately 300.00. Handling it day by day.

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In January, 2019, I started vomiting every day. Went to the doctor, but he couldn't tell what was wrong. Referred me to a gastroenterologist (haven't heard from him yet!) Anyway, I was surviving on 12 hour gravol morning and night. Went to visit my sister, who is a registered holistic nutritionist, and she went through my meds. She determined it must be the anti depressants, so when I returned home, I went to see my doctor and asked him for help getting off them. He indicated that the drug I was on (valinofaxin) had generic brands started a couple of months previous – maybe that was what triggered it. But after investigating, I found that I had not been given the generic. So basically had either been on the drug too long, or had developed an allergy to it – which can happen with anything.But he is such a good doctor, he helped me get off them and is seeing me every month.

Weaning off the drug was not easy, as I am sure you found as well. But the nausea and vomiting stopped gradually. Each time I reduced my dosage, I would vomit – weird, huh? I no longer vomit and the nausea has finally stopped as well. So my sister nailed it!

I have been taking ValeriCalm, which is anti anxiety/sleep aid. Purchase at health food stores. It seems to help. Also, I don't know if you are in Canada or not, but cannabis CBD oil is another one that helps. My heart flutters when anxiety is high, and the CBD oil seems to help that. (It does not have marijuana in it) It is effective in treating anxiety, OCD and other things. Having said all that, I find tears are under the surface all the time. So much so that I embarrass myself by times.

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@virgo1952

I’m right there with you. From the start of my “colon” adventure to todays topsy turvy world, I have used exercise/body movement to release built up stress. I wanted to say to everyone participating on this site, each of us have looked at our fragility in the eye either personally or through caregiving another. I believe our personal trials have given us a strength and a fortitude to be warriors. We should be proud and giving guidance to others who have not been challenged in the same way. It’s easy to be happy when life is rosy. Now, we get to dig deep. Believe me, this is my challenge. That’s why I appreciate your feedback and support Thank you.

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@virgo1952, Thank you sharing. I am sorry that you, me, all of us are dealing with hardships and additional stress these days. I believe that it is the caring and sharing by members like you that is going to strengthen all of us as we move forward.

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yes…we are socializing from a distance, to be sure, and it is helpful to know others are caring out there and sharing

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@virgo1952

I’m right there with you. From the start of my “colon” adventure to todays topsy turvy world, I have used exercise/body movement to release built up stress. I wanted to say to everyone participating on this site, each of us have looked at our fragility in the eye either personally or through caregiving another. I believe our personal trials have given us a strength and a fortitude to be warriors. We should be proud and giving guidance to others who have not been challenged in the same way. It’s easy to be happy when life is rosy. Now, we get to dig deep. Believe me, this is my challenge. That’s why I appreciate your feedback and support Thank you.

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Right on! Everything you said…

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@nannyned

We are doing the email and phone thing. My son set my mother up on video phone, but being 89, she will probably not accomplish it without him. I suffer with anxiety anyway, and this situation is taking its toll. I was on anti depressants for 25 yrs and just weaned off them – last pill was Dec 25/19. Was full of anxiety after that, and with this Covid19 – my anxiety is right up there. Go for long walks which seem to help somewhat. However, tears are on the surface most of the time. I have heard that there is quite an attitude where baby boomers are concerned…like this is our fault. What is wrong with people? One post actually said that now the boomers are going to die, maybe I can buy a house…

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Hi, @nannyned. Yesterday, I needed to take some personal time off, and away from being online. I spent the better part of the afternoon, puzzling over a sewing project that I am working on. I didn't get much actual sewing done, however, I did a lot ripping out stitches, and replanning my design for a small fabric quilted picture. I also listened, (uninterrupted because of isolation) to some favorite CD's. Today, I feel refreshed and am planning a walk this afternoon.

Here is a discussion that I want to recommend to you for an enjoyable afternoon – Feel free to simply look, read, enjoy – or join us anywhere! You can click on the blue text and you will be taken directly to the discussion.

– Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/visual-escapes-and-daily-inspirations-share-yours/

I hope you will enjoy your afternoon.

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Thank you very much…

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@rosemarya

@virgo1952, Thank you sharing. I am sorry that you, me, all of us are dealing with hardships and additional stress these days. I believe that it is the caring and sharing by members like you that is going to strengthen all of us as we move forward.

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I bet you are way stronger than you think. These diseases are not for sissies. Put on your armor. We do have support all around us. take care. virgo1952

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@rosemarya

Hi, @nannyned. Yesterday, I needed to take some personal time off, and away from being online. I spent the better part of the afternoon, puzzling over a sewing project that I am working on. I didn't get much actual sewing done, however, I did a lot ripping out stitches, and replanning my design for a small fabric quilted picture. I also listened, (uninterrupted because of isolation) to some favorite CD's. Today, I feel refreshed and am planning a walk this afternoon.

Here is a discussion that I want to recommend to you for an enjoyable afternoon – Feel free to simply look, read, enjoy – or join us anywhere! You can click on the blue text and you will be taken directly to the discussion.

– Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/visual-escapes-and-daily-inspirations-share-yours/

I hope you will enjoy your afternoon.

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@rosemarya I too am finding the need to "step away" for a time each day. I limit myself to 2 periods on the computer looking at Mayo & newsfeeds. Otherwise it is music or old movies on TV (no cable or satellite here.) I even try to follow the Mexican telenovellas on local TV since I am practicing my Spanish. (Mexican radio broadcasters talk way too fast…)
We are fortunate to be in a tiny community with about a dozen others, so we still can have some social activities while isolated from the wider world. Yesterday I played a card game with 3 close friends. This afternoon about 6 of us will line dance for 2 hours (we can do this and still be at least 6 feet apart!) My friend and I have also opened out paints, and she gave me a much-needed watercolor lesson the other day – tomorrow would normally be game day for a larger group (now cancelled) so I will sit at my kitchen table and paint.
And I walk – and walk – and walk, stopping to chat with neighbors sitting on their patios when the weather permits.
I encourage everyone to find something that brings joy, and commit to doing it every day as an antidote to the prevailing bad news, fear and anxiety.
Do you meditate or pray? Read scripture or other uplifting books? Listen to TedTalks? Sew, knit, craft, draw, paint, woodwork, photograph…? Walk or do other exercise?
Also everyone, we do not need to be afraid to go out in the fresh air and walk around, as long as we don't congregate in groups. You can even walk in the rain with raingear – not as much fun, but it gives you a sense of oneness with nature (as long as it's not icy.)
Sue

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@virgo1952

I bet you are way stronger than you think. These diseases are not for sissies. Put on your armor. We do have support all around us. take care. virgo1952

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@virgo1952, Once again, thank you. I did not intend to mislead you, let me clarify: I am a 11 year liver and kidney transplant recipient. I have been through an enormous medical, spiritual, and emotional battle leading to my transplant.. Some people think I'm brave, however the truth is that I depended on my faith, my fantastic doctors, my deceased organ donor, and all of my family and friends who supported and encouraged me along the way. We need each other, today more than ever.

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I am a retired teacher so my education experience is helping! I set up centers or stations as we called them with activities! Such as treadmill, novel reading, magazine area, exercises with bands that my doctor assigned but don’t do, writing stories, puzzles, deck sitting, Netflix , cleaning, cooking and make a schedule. Oh yes, be sure to change out your activities!

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@sueinmn

@rosemarya I too am finding the need to "step away" for a time each day. I limit myself to 2 periods on the computer looking at Mayo & newsfeeds. Otherwise it is music or old movies on TV (no cable or satellite here.) I even try to follow the Mexican telenovellas on local TV since I am practicing my Spanish. (Mexican radio broadcasters talk way too fast…)
We are fortunate to be in a tiny community with about a dozen others, so we still can have some social activities while isolated from the wider world. Yesterday I played a card game with 3 close friends. This afternoon about 6 of us will line dance for 2 hours (we can do this and still be at least 6 feet apart!) My friend and I have also opened out paints, and she gave me a much-needed watercolor lesson the other day – tomorrow would normally be game day for a larger group (now cancelled) so I will sit at my kitchen table and paint.
And I walk – and walk – and walk, stopping to chat with neighbors sitting on their patios when the weather permits.
I encourage everyone to find something that brings joy, and commit to doing it every day as an antidote to the prevailing bad news, fear and anxiety.
Do you meditate or pray? Read scripture or other uplifting books? Listen to TedTalks? Sew, knit, craft, draw, paint, woodwork, photograph…? Walk or do other exercise?
Also everyone, we do not need to be afraid to go out in the fresh air and walk around, as long as we don't congregate in groups. You can even walk in the rain with raingear – not as much fun, but it gives you a sense of oneness with nature (as long as it's not icy.)
Sue

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I am learning Chinese and Korean language from Netflix. Not sure what I am actually saying🤣🤣🤣 Just parroting. But my husband and I are amusing ourselves. Plan on “wowing” my Chinese dr when I see her next. May have learned the whole language by then. Playing, such a foreign concept after so many years of being a overachiever. It’s really a “ohhh” moment for me. Makes me want to finger paint. And I just might………..

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@kay71

I am a retired teacher so my education experience is helping! I set up centers or stations as we called them with activities! Such as treadmill, novel reading, magazine area, exercises with bands that my doctor assigned but don’t do, writing stories, puzzles, deck sitting, Netflix , cleaning, cooking and make a schedule. Oh yes, be sure to change out your activities!

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@kay71, congratulations. You have developed quite an activity center. Thank you for participating. Do you happen to have pictures to share?
Be content and at ease.

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@sueinmn

@rosemarya I too am finding the need to "step away" for a time each day. I limit myself to 2 periods on the computer looking at Mayo & newsfeeds. Otherwise it is music or old movies on TV (no cable or satellite here.) I even try to follow the Mexican telenovellas on local TV since I am practicing my Spanish. (Mexican radio broadcasters talk way too fast…)
We are fortunate to be in a tiny community with about a dozen others, so we still can have some social activities while isolated from the wider world. Yesterday I played a card game with 3 close friends. This afternoon about 6 of us will line dance for 2 hours (we can do this and still be at least 6 feet apart!) My friend and I have also opened out paints, and she gave me a much-needed watercolor lesson the other day – tomorrow would normally be game day for a larger group (now cancelled) so I will sit at my kitchen table and paint.
And I walk – and walk – and walk, stopping to chat with neighbors sitting on their patios when the weather permits.
I encourage everyone to find something that brings joy, and commit to doing it every day as an antidote to the prevailing bad news, fear and anxiety.
Do you meditate or pray? Read scripture or other uplifting books? Listen to TedTalks? Sew, knit, craft, draw, paint, woodwork, photograph…? Walk or do other exercise?
Also everyone, we do not need to be afraid to go out in the fresh air and walk around, as long as we don't congregate in groups. You can even walk in the rain with raingear – not as much fun, but it gives you a sense of oneness with nature (as long as it's not icy.)
Sue

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@sueinmn Wonderful program of activities. What card game are you playing? Be happy as you share. Chris

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