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For many Including myself Anxiety can be a real bitch. Here is a thread for everyone to put together helpful ways at combating it! I'll start with my anxiety and how it affects me and what i do to help deal with it..... I find it hard to leave the house ( like going to the shops or a pub) without feeling like my stomach is going to implode, Its totally irrational i know because once i get out there everything is fine and the world is beautiful. I also suffer with groups of more than 3 people as i find it impossible to engage with anyone with the fear of being judged or something stupid like that. Alcohol does not help unless i'm so drunk i cant even see plus i don't like drinking that much. I have found codeine to be one of the best things to get me to be social and talkative, also just breathing and remembering how irrational all my feelings are helps a lot too.... I'll try and add some more story's and things i do to help when i can think of them but right now i'm really interested to hear everyone else's issues with anxiety and how they combat it as i find just reading about other peoples anxiety really helps mine... makes it seem less bad somehow. Anyhow thanks for reading! cant wait to here from all you lovely people!!! Love you all!
Hey all Last night I experienced the worst panic attack I have ever had (several previous attacks which were horrid but not as bad) Couldn't find a topic searching the forums via google devoted to anxiety/panic attacks and how to deal with them/avoid em so thought I would start one. if people are embarrassed to post their stories about anxiety feel free to PM me and I can post anon. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Last night: Lying in bed much earlier than I'm used to as I started a new job the next day. Thoughts on my mind to do with a recent, fairly smooth breakup with a long term partner, the new job, my health etc..Yes I had a wee smoke earlier in the day. I just got a flood of all my worries and troubles and the feeling that I could never overcome them and the that I have fucked my brains chemistry and my emotions for good with psychedelics. feeling like I can't escape my own head/thoughts and memories, then the fight or flight feeling kicks in and I almost get out of bed and run out of the house.. Luckily I stop myself before I get to the door but have to jump up and down to do something with the energy/need to fucking GO. all the while hyperventilating and moaning. This feels like it's going on forever but the majority of it was probably only a quarter of an hour.. I felt better afterwards but couldn't bring myself to even try and process any of what had happened as I was still getting pangs of anxiety. So I had some ashwagandha and went to bed. Of course now it seems silly and a bit pathetic, as it always does. I know a lot of the stuff I am anxious about is because it is a problem, and the stuff I can't do anything about should be seen as just that. But it's like all reason goes out the door and all I am left with is fear. Like a dark introspective trip on subs. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ When I have felt my anxiety coming up these things have helped: Deep breathing Talking to someone Being in the garden Going for a run/skate/bike other things to occupy your mind. Animals! Obviously things like a healthy diet, regular exercise, good relationships with people, not fogging up your brain with drugs and sleep all play a part too. These topics have relevant info: http://www.shaman-australis.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=30514 http://www.shaman-australis.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=20460 Would love to hear anyone else talk about dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, or any helpful info. I find hearing how others experience their lives helps me to look at my life from a new perspective.
Today I noticed two Knuthianus cuttings had scale. I've had them for nearly five months & both came from the same seller, could they have had scale all along; or is it more likely they've been attacked recently? (the cuttings were moved to a more sunny location in the last month, I'm pretty sure stress triggered the attack; just not sure if the scale was there all along). So far I've quarantined the cuttings & given them a good ol scrub down. They appear scale free for the moment, but I don't think I'm out of the woods yet. Looks like I'll be paying close attention to my collection for the next few weeks & hopefully with enough repeated toothbrush action I won't need to resort to spraying...