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To pull yourself up when you're ready to you need to identify things that make you feel a positive way. That positive may not actually be 'happy' or even 'non anxious'. Positive feelings like 'I am safe', 'I will bounce back when I'm ready', 'I am allowed to feel' also help.
Things that tend to work for me include:
- darkening the room at night and lighting candles. This makes me feel safer, calmer, and like things can't overwhelm me
- give myself a time frame if i need to cry do I really have a good cry for 10-15 mins then go wash my face and start over wuth what I was doing
- long hot showers where I focus on relaxing and washing away whatever is getting to me
- acknowledging what I'm scared of or worried about and asking myself what I'd say to someone else in the same situation and then trying to apply one bit of advice at a time to myself
- light TV, movies or books, nothing dramatic or scary
Mkne might not work for you but the point really is 'find something you feel a positive feeling doing, and use that to help yourself get into a better mindset
I have actually been researching the St Johns Wort, it sounds like it could be quite beneficial.
I was getting heart palpitations too which was quite frightening which is why I ended up seeing my dr. I know I am an anxious person but it is really crazy how much that can upset the body! I feel like it is a subject not often talked about but I know I can talk here without judgement xx
I heard someone describe anxiety and depression as clouds once and it stuck with me. Sometimes the sky is clear. Sometimes there are clouds but they're fluffy and harmless. the darker and heavier a cloud gets the more likely that it with burst into rain, but rain is cleansing and always stops.
I hope you feel back to your old self soon. Anxiety can be a really horrible and consuming thing to have to deal with.
You're brave for reaching out! I know a lot of us sometimes suffer in silence waiting for it to blow over.
I find meditiation helps. If you like, you can download the app 'Insight Timer'. There are hundreds (at least) of free guided meditations on it. Sometimes it takes trying a few different ones as I have found I don't relax or tune in to some of their voices.
Also, St Johns Wort can affect the contraceptive pill (Levlen). I only found this out a few weeks ago when I got my prescription!
You could also try grounding yourself when you start to feel anxious. Try placing your bare feet firmly on the ground (grass, soil, wooden floors etc) and feel the weight push through your feet into the floor, writing 3 things to be grateful for every morning, or doing something like star jumps to distract you and get those endorphins pumping through your body
Take care lovely xx
@Lucy I will find that app. I have not tried meditation yet as my mind does tend to wander but I feel like it could be a great start while in lockdown :-) I definitely notice when I am distracted I can feel quite great so doing things to distract myself is a great idea. I'm not currently on the pill so I think st johns wort would be ok for me.
Also about st johns wort, if/when youre ready to be trying again for a mini lisa, i would avoid it - have heard it can cause bad things. I mean, heaps of people will disagree and say its fine but yeah. Sore subject i know but better to know that not, right? X
Speaking of yoga - who did the Les Mills class on tv this mornng? It was soooo hard, lol! They could've eased us in with something easier. I kinda just ended doing my own thing half way through. It did really energise me though and I ended up having a 70s disco dance party for one for the next couple of hours lol. Music and dancing is the best therapy for me so I am trying to dance every day. I truly believe that music and pets are the things that will get us through these strange times.
I would like to do tthe yoga class but am working first thing in the morning consecutive days, maybe I can try it next week. I did one of the pop sugar classes (on youtube) for meditation and yoga which was great.
Sorry to hear that . I've struggled with depression for 10 years in the first five years I was on prescription medication from a young age of 17 . After that I came off those drugs . Things that helped me get back on track were :
-Exercise walks at the beach or parks
- Positive Affirmations
-Essensial oils for night time with soothing music
-Coffee with a friend
-Accepting bad days allowing myself to feel sad, angry , cry
-Journal writing keeping track of thoughts
I wish you all the best . Hope things get better . I still struggle with it but I've learned to cope for my family and children .
A big thing for me is overthinking silly things....so perhaps writing things down in a journal could really be beneficial :-)
A friend got me a Black Onyx for absorbing negative energy, to help prevent drain of personal energy. Also aids the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina when support is needed. I kept this on me for days and felt it helped a lot.
I do have a strand of green worry beads / komboloi. I've had my worry beads for around 20 years, and they definitely help distract my mind. I also wear a Tiger's Eye stone bracelet every day (charging and cleansing it during a full moon, or in the sun for a few hours if I missed the full moon), and have an amethyst ring and garnet ring, which I wear when I need them.
I found this website useful as it has an A-Z of gemstones and healing stones and all their uses.
Could you please tell me what brand of magnesium you used. Unfortunately I also suffer from migraines so I can understand what you're going through with them x
I have a prescription for my anxiety from my doctor as well as migraine pills but would love to try a more natural approach.
Massive hugs hun and I'm so glad you've found something that is working for you xx
They are a big pill though but I can still swallow them and I hate big pills! Sometimes I will shove it in with a mouthful of food lol which makes it easy as. I also started drinking coffee again as I read that can help with migraines also!
So happy for you that you're finding your best way forward, Lisa x