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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

emoticon Can anxiety make you gain weight? Because I have been sleeping through my alarm, and despite the healthy eating and the exercise I gained another pound this week. I look skinnier around my mid-section, but the scale doesn't reflect that.

emoticon My job is supported by government funding and if the legislature can't get a budget deal worked out, the governor doesn't call a special session, the budget doesn't get passed, or any combination of these things - I will be laid off from my job until a budget is passed. I'm optimistic on the outside, but my insides are roiling with anxiety and fear. I can't really afford to be laid off. Sure my insurance will continue for up to two months, but the paychecks will quit coming.

While I don't really live paycheck to paycheck, I depend on that money to pay my bills and help with the rent. I know that things will work out and that I'll be okay in the case of a shut-down, but I am a worrier. I can't help it.

My anxiety is getting the better of me, and I think my body is dealing with it by getting extra sleep and making me feel ill everytime I hear about it on the radio or even look at the Capitol building. I used to eat my anxiety, but I have made the leap to cut that negative way of coping. (Which is something to be proud of.) I work within sight of the Capitol, so there really isn't any way to avoid that.

Help me out if you can:

How do you deal with your fears and anxiety? Do you have any tips to help me calm down and deal more positively with my issues? Has anyone ever been in this position?

I just need to find an inner peace, if only for a week or so. emoticon

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  • no profile photo CD5993674
    "I look skinnier around my mid-section, but the scale doesn't reflect that." Muscle weighs more than fat. It's likely that you're putting on muscle and losing fat.

    What are you doing tomorrow night? Maybe we should try some yoga... =)
    3335 days ago
    I am going through the counslor at school, but that will probably stop in December. I am also going through a hypnotheripist as well.
    3335 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6210994
    Deeeeeeep breaths. Soothing music... Bubble baths?

    Have you tried yoga? I haven't, but everything I've heard about it says it's great for relaxation.

    It doesn't work for me, but one of my friends whenever she's stressing about money re-does her budget. I guess once you figure out where exactly you can cut back it helps to see that you can in fact cover your rent / mortgage, bills and groceries for X-amount of time.

    It totally is your work anxiety that's doing this to you. I've heard that the body handles *any* stress like it's a threat to your physical well-being and you go into a sorta-starvation mode because your body thinks you're about to have a famine. Not happy, but it's an extra reason to destress :) I hope all your work stuff gets sorted out soon!
    3335 days ago
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