Breaking the stress cycle and aftermath

Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2019 - 2:25pm
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It seems like no matter what I do or how hard I try stress finds me. I've been re-evaluating my life and figuring out a way off the stress ride. It's so up and down and never just even-keeled. It makes me question as to whether I am in the wrong place in life and whether I need to make some changes because this has been going on for years now. My life was never this way before and my anxiety was a lot more manageable. Now it feels totally out of my control. Here's the cycle: I go through a stressful period and my anxiety will get really bad, then things will mellow out and so will my anxiety, just when my anxiety is more manageable the stress comes in like a tidal wave and so on and so forth. It feels like a never ending cycle and I'm tired of being in and out of my psychiatrist's office talking about adjusting meds when it seems like the problem is my life overall. I'm trying to figure out what to do. How do I get off this ride?

Posted on: Wed, 10/30/2019 - 12:32pm
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hey pixie, i was in that place for a bit of a different reason though. i was so depressed after my dad passed and my anxiety was out of control. my body suffered because of it all, i was so fatigued for so long. i felt like i had to get off the ride and change things for myself. one of the big things that i changed was my attitude towards life. what helped me the most was exercise and practicing gratitude. i changed a lot about my life and because of that i feel better both mentally and physically.

Posted on: Mon, 11/04/2019 - 2:58pm
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Pixie, I am working on this now and I've been talking to my therapist about this a lot. She told me that the only way to break this cycle is through stress management. Well, that sounds so much easier said than done. Sure, just manage your stress, sounds so easy, but it's an overhaul on your habits. There are things that you can start implementing slowly but surely but a lot of it is changing how you react to stress. I have a big family and I can go through person by person and the way each one deals with stress. My dad for example never seems phased by it and I ask him why and he told me that's how his dad was so he learned from him. Whereas other family members have total freak outs and meltdowns over stress. I fall somewhere in between but sometimes lean towards the freak out end of the spectrum. There are a lot of tools out there. I'll start to share what's working for me. This is all new but as I implement, I'll let you know what is helping me the most.

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