Living in the present and actions to reduce anxiety

Posted by BoneHead @stsopoci, Jun 11, 2019

Sometimes I spend way too much time in the future and have to just get busy doing any thing to kick myself back into Now time. I’m GAD and I realize that anxiety about anything is a trap for me. I have several escape actions that help me. I can go to the cabin and chill out and do the simple life or I can exercise or play on the piano. What ways do others find to help their anxiety?

I'm so glad that you started a conversation on Living in the Present, @stsopoci. I'm looking forward to hearing how others live in the present.

I'm just wondering if @zeph317 @savana1 @johnwhitfield @hisgrace6992 @kclynd would comment on how they stay in the present. Any other ideas?

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Practice mindfulness, meditation, list, posters, and education. just a few I use.

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Good afternoon @stsopoc. Anxiety is my name! What I find to be very very helpful is exercising. Nothing in the world beats it- but I also take anti-anxiety meds too and watch what I eat. You have fought a lot of battles, time to put them to rest. Concentrate if you can, even minute to minute (mindfulness) on what you are doing at the time that you do it. Make a list of things that you can't control and can control. Put the Can't control list in a drawer and getting going on what you can fix! I also take CBD oil- mostly a half a dropper in the AM. Have you tried CBD oil, or do you think that it will interfere with your sobriety?

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Good advise on the exercising and lists to separate out control issues. Just
Like most people, I have childhood issues that still threaten to come up and ruin my day and anyone around me. Each day reminds me of how important it is to balance physical, mental and spiritual actions so I can live in the present.
Thank God that once I get to the place that I was so worried about, I’m fine. Once you get there, you will be ok.

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@parus @cdcc @johnhans and @thankful may also have some thoughts for you, @stsopoci, about living in the present and some ideas about how to help anxiety with escape actions, like going to the cabin, as you mentioned has helped you.

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@lisalucier

@parus @cdcc @johnhans and @thankful may also have some thoughts for you, @stsopoci, about living in the present and some ideas about how to help anxiety with escape actions, like going to the cabin, as you mentioned has helped you.

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I do not practice specific staying in the now actions. For me the past is important as well as the present. One thing that helps me is thinking of all the times l or someone I know overcame the same problems. For instance, I am now getting ready to move to a new place, a senior living community. It has stressed me and stress leads to anxiety. I just think of all the times I have moved before and came through fine. I can also think of my grandparents moving to a retirement community after living in their house for 50 years. I have only lived at my present place 8 years.
Another thing is to look for possible anxiety causers. Keep track of your times of anxiety and what was happening at the time. It might be a situation or it might be food you are eating or drinking. After a while look for patterns, any common things that happened at the time of the anxiety. Also as mentioned in a previous post, look into anti-anxiety meds. For me my antidepressant med helps with my anxiety. If you have unresolved problems, try thinking of something to do to resolve it, even if just a trial to see if it works or one small step in resolving it. Do not be hard on yourself as we all struggle with what we should do, but we all make it through.

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@johnhans

I do not practice specific staying in the now actions. For me the past is important as well as the present. One thing that helps me is thinking of all the times l or someone I know overcame the same problems. For instance, I am now getting ready to move to a new place, a senior living community. It has stressed me and stress leads to anxiety. I just think of all the times I have moved before and came through fine. I can also think of my grandparents moving to a retirement community after living in their house for 50 years. I have only lived at my present place 8 years.
Another thing is to look for possible anxiety causers. Keep track of your times of anxiety and what was happening at the time. It might be a situation or it might be food you are eating or drinking. After a while look for patterns, any common things that happened at the time of the anxiety. Also as mentioned in a previous post, look into anti-anxiety meds. For me my antidepressant med helps with my anxiety. If you have unresolved problems, try thinking of something to do to resolve it, even if just a trial to see if it works or one small step in resolving it. Do not be hard on yourself as we all struggle with what we should do, but we all make it through.

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Good points made. I heard that you can make lists of strengths that you have and read them everyday. The chemicals in our system are inherit and can be treated depending on what works for you.

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Sometimes my anxiety and depression make me look at all of the things I feel I need to do as too overwhelming and I don’t want to do them. If I stop and say to myself, just do one thing like put one load of clothes in washer, just empty the dishwasher, or take out the trash. You get what I am saying. It never fails that I feel better and more likely do another task If not, I can just feel good (hopeful) because I did something. Start small. I hope this will help someone. Sometimes doing nothing but watch tv is ok. Just thinking that what I am doing is not good enough or comparing myself to others without my same issues can cause serious anxiety. Comparing myself to someone without anxiety and depression is a sure way to make me anxious and depressed. We need to know we are ok, try to do the best you can and that can be enough for now.

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@stsopoci Doing something with my hands so I will not go grab food when I am not hungry. Crochet, sewing, artwork. Moving – go for a walk, do some yard work, rearrange something in my project room. Write it out – journal my anxiety, don't let it have power over me. Take an extra dose of CBD tincture. Anyone of these, or a combination seems to help me.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@stsopoci Doing something with my hands so I will not go grab food when I am not hungry. Crochet, sewing, artwork. Moving – go for a walk, do some yard work, rearrange something in my project room. Write it out – journal my anxiety, don't let it have power over me. Take an extra dose of CBD tincture. Anyone of these, or a combination seems to help me.
Ginger

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I know everyone is different but how much cbd oil do you use for anxiety?

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Hello everyone! I suffered with anxiety for many years and I thank God that I have not been on many medications. I am currently on Pristiq 50 mg. I have to tell you that having a relationship with God has been the greatest help for me. Coming to know who God is that He is an awesome Father you can talk to 24/7. He is there to help us in our time of need. Reading the bible, having close fellowship with other believers who will support you and give you encouragement! Learning to trust Him and knowing He has us in Whatever situation we face! If you do not know God I suggest you get to know Him for the awesome Father He is. Does it mean I won’t have anxiety at times, troubles, hardships etc. Not, it just means I will have a friend and Father to run to. Jesus suffered on the cross , so we too will suffer. All he wants is our hearts. Do you know where you will spend eternity?.

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I have had depression and anxiety for most of my life. It is in my DNA, unfortunately. I live in Midwest so experience shorter days, less sunshine etc this time of year. I have thought about trying light therapy but am skeptical
Please share your experience if you have tried one and if positive results where I can find a good one. Thank you.

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@dollardylan1

Hello everyone! I suffered with anxiety for many years and I thank God that I have not been on many medications. I am currently on Pristiq 50 mg. I have to tell you that having a relationship with God has been the greatest help for me. Coming to know who God is that He is an awesome Father you can talk to 24/7. He is there to help us in our time of need. Reading the bible, having close fellowship with other believers who will support you and give you encouragement! Learning to trust Him and knowing He has us in Whatever situation we face! If you do not know God I suggest you get to know Him for the awesome Father He is. Does it mean I won’t have anxiety at times, troubles, hardships etc. Not, it just means I will have a friend and Father to run to. Jesus suffered on the cross , so we too will suffer. All he wants is our hearts. Do you know where you will spend eternity?.

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@suz55

I have had depression and anxiety for most of my life. It is in my DNA, unfortunately. I live in Midwest so experience shorter days, less sunshine etc this time of year. I have thought about trying light therapy but am skeptical
Please share your experience if you have tried one and if positive results where I can find a good one. Thank you.

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Hello, @suz55 – from what you said about depression and anxiety being in your DNA, I'm wondering if perhaps you have relatives who have also dealt with these?

I also live in the Midwest, and the amount of sunshine is indeed different than when I lived in the West, in the Denver area, which is known for over 300 days of sunshine per year. I also have depression and anxiety, but I'm not sure if I've seen any seasonal difference.

A relative of mine got his own light box for use over the winter by ordering it on the internet, and he thought it helped a great deal. @merpreb @jh31251 @joyces @jakedduck1 @johnhans have all mentioned light box therapy in discussions on Connect and may have some thoughts for you on it, and whether they have personally tried it and where to source one.

Are you noticing a significant difference in your moods in the wintertime, suz55?

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@lisalucier

Hello, @suz55 – from what you said about depression and anxiety being in your DNA, I'm wondering if perhaps you have relatives who have also dealt with these?

I also live in the Midwest, and the amount of sunshine is indeed different than when I lived in the West, in the Denver area, which is known for over 300 days of sunshine per year. I also have depression and anxiety, but I'm not sure if I've seen any seasonal difference.

A relative of mine got his own light box for use over the winter by ordering it on the internet, and he thought it helped a great deal. @merpreb @jh31251 @joyces @jakedduck1 @johnhans have all mentioned light box therapy in discussions on Connect and may have some thoughts for you on it, and whether they have personally tried it and where to source one.

Are you noticing a significant difference in your moods in the wintertime, suz55?

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@suz55 the evidence for light box therapy is not proven. However, as noted, some people say they have seen improvement with it. I do know that extended periods of cloudy weather like what is happening now in the middle of the USA, can lead to feeling more depressed. If you would like to try a light box, you could talk with your doctor about what they think of it and if there is any reason for you to get one. If they do approve of you getting one, then getting a prescription for one from your doctor would be good because sometimes insurance will pay for it when you get a prescription.

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