Well yesterday wasn’t that bad, anxiety stayed around in a mild form most of the day. Was still unable to eat much till the evening, had a banana and a jamba juice. Pretty much the same thing everyday now with a nervousness edging feeling most of the time with occasional spikes when I start to dwell on something. Then just do some deep breathing and positive talking and it settles back down. Its the tiredness and lack of motivation that is getting to me. I have to really push to get going.
This morning is starting the same way, just on edge, shaky a bit and tense in the limbs and chest. Gotta head out for a couple errands and a session this afternoon. Going to do my best to resiste the lorazepam today.
One thing I did want to talk about today is walking. Walking has become my best friend! Last year when this started I started walking mainly in my mind for exercise. I would try walking more and more each time and would track my times to try to beat each time. This time around, at least for the moment, I dont care how fast i go. Don’t care what my heart rate is nor how far Ive gone, I just walk. Around the block or around the lakes so far (like the lakes better) it just helps calm everything down. I really look forward to the evening walks everyday and hope the weather stays cool so I can continue.
Maybe it has some thing to do with anxiety being part of that caveman ‘fight or flight’ response that is in our DNA. The getting out and moving tends to unwind the anxiousness. No matter how tired I feel or how jello like my limbs are I will do my best to get out and walk each day. Besides that they do say that regular exercise of any sort help anxiety so its better than just laying in bed.
So that is my advice for the day for anyone that is going through any sort of anxiety disorder, just get out and walk for 30-60mins a day. I typically bring my iphone for music or listen to a podcast while walking and work on deep breathing as well.
Does anyone else find walking helpful for your anxiety?