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Thursday, September 05, 2013

I am doing much better now.

I couldn't say that in May, or June or most of July. And I was embarrassed because for all intents and purposes, my life was great. I had a roof over my head and everybody was healthy. But I felt horrible. That is the insidious nature of anxiety.

I won't go over the details of what brought on my anxiety. You can read my last blog.

The good news is that after a little work, I am doing better. Much better. Why the turnaround?

1.) I kept up my exercise routine. I think exercise has played a huge role in my getting through this last year. One article put it this way: the "good" stress of exercise prepares the body over time to handle negative situations.

2.) I talked about it. I told my friends what I was going through and they provided the support I needed. I could begin to focus on the positive. What a blessing! (And you know who you are...)

3.) I read about it. I put my hands on books and articles that discussed anxiety, aging, diet, hormones and more. I learned I wasn't alone.

4.) I made myself get "out there." Anxiety is isolating so I forced myself to stick to my volunteer schedule, to meet new friends for dinner and to try a few new things. These interactions led to a number of delightful door openings: yoga, group bike rides, a potential running partner and so much more. The doors continue to open.

I am still getting used to this new town but I am feeling confident and happy here. Time does heal.

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  • NAVYMOM133
    Confident and Happy!! I love the sound of that statement!
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    2782 days ago
    Sorry I missed this yesterday! You know how thrilled I am for you and all the opportunities that have presented themselves recently. emoticon
    2785 days ago
    So glad you are doing better. I know anxiety can be debilitating (my MIL suffers with it horribly). Keep on doing what ya gotta do to keep it at bay!
    2786 days ago
    So happy you are back!!!
    2786 days ago
    I have dealt with anxiety since I was 20yrs old....severe anxiety the kind that makes you go to the ER! But guess what? In 2007 I nearly died and it was real and so many people prayed for me and kept me going....I made a decision to lay that anxiety at the cross and forget the What if's.....The truth is I can't change anything but my reactions to things....I don't watch the news anymore and I don't worry about things I can't change....You can do this.....Keep on keeping on!
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