What are some productive anxiety coping methods

Or methods that improve courage in stressful situations?

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I think that can help is just focus on one thing at a time and don’t get ahead of yourself.

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Yeah - i would love to know as well, without resorting to the dreaded weed or beer .

I do the usual - like play calming music on blutooth headphones and keep a low ambient blue lights in my room - but im a right stress head latley.

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I ride a stationary bike with high resistance. The best part is when I’m really struggling and think I can’t go on, then I go further. That breaks my anxiety like when a flu breaks.

As long as your doctor says that you’re healthy enough to exercise, you might want to try exercise.

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@anon17132524

I have thought many times about joining the local gym here - i could get a discount with a “heath” script from the GP, but the thought of showing off my skinny arse in front of the muscle heads puts me off.

There was a time i could do 6 mile cross-country runs. Im quite good at endurance - but not strength.

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benzos
deep breathing
meditation
CBD

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Yeah Benzos! Im having a battle just to get 5mg Diazapam at the moment. Told them i quit the beer - but they still dont trust me at the moment. Got a med review on the 11th Nov,so im gonna plead my case then.

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@Naarai, your pdocs are going to be very reluctant to give you any benzos because benzos are just like alcohol only in pill form.

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@ninjastar has some great strategies

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@SkinnyMe Ive had them before when been in crises, but i want a regular script to take PRN. I honestly dont think its too much to ask, when i know people that are prescribed Lyrica - and abuse the hell outta them by snorting it.

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All I can say is good luck.

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Some things I do to calm down are:

Put an ice pack on the back of your head. This will cool down your brain and reduce activity in your limbic system, where emotions happen.

Do a task with simple, clear steps. I like baking. I follow the recipe, and it’s easy enough that I don’t get frustrated, but it requires enough concentration that I don’t have room to think about other things. Cleaning also helps.

Engage your five senses. This will remind you what is real and what isn’t. Listen to soothing music. Smell something pleasant, like an essential oil. Suck on a hard candy. Look at pictures of things you enjoy. Feel something with an interesting texture, like a piece of Velcro or a stress ball.

Try to levitate something with your mind. You obviously won’t succeed, but it gets you to focus all of your attention on a single point outside your body, instead of on your thoughts. I like to use this on airplanes or in public places, because it doesn’t require you to move at all. It looks like you’re just daydreaming to observers.

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Thank You. Thats Good Advice. Copy and pasted into Notepad for Future Reference. :slight_smile:

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Exercise makes me more stressed, but calmer exercise (walking or riding my bicycle) helps.

Making myself really comfortable - soft abaya (maroccan dress), warm temperature, hot water bottle, hot tea, nice smells, nice book or soothing music.

My great help saffron tea or even just smelling saffron.

There is this telephone line here you can call and where people (volunteers) mainly just listen to you. I call it.

I feel that changing my diet helps, in the longer run. Blood sugar spikes one way or the other or caffein boosts make it worse. Eating just normal healthy food instead of junk helps. My friend could come off benzos by changing from junk food to healthy food.

I feel more relaxed when my house is neat and clean.

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I’m so sorry about this.

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Hahaa :smiley: 15151515

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Oh…and for me personally: reducing dairy a lot seems to make me less anxious. But there are several people in my family with (proven) issues with dairy. So that might be just me.

Listening to music helps me and praying. And talking to my husband if he’s around. Or self-talk if he isn’t.
If it’s really bad then a diazepam or Ativan helps

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