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Topic: Anxiety constant physical symptoms

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  1. Tryingtomoveon
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    6 June 2021

    Hi

    Thanks for reading this post. I'm finding that when I feel more anxious I start getting really bad nausea,headaches and heart palpitations. I find it hard to find ways to stop these symptoms. I find they then increase my anxiety even more which becomes a vicious circle. I really don't know what to do I feel like I've tried it all mindfulness, breathing, walking, distraction but it just is so intense. I think what doesn't help is I'm unsure why my anxiety is increasing to cause this.

  2. Petal22
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    6 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hi trying to move on,

    Welcome to our forums!

    sorry you are feeling this way, I know how debilitating anxiety can be I had severe anxiety OCD, it was very intense, exhausting and scary...

    have you seen a gp in regards to how you are feeling? I was put on an antidepressant for my anxiety and I saw a psychologist who gave me many strategies to help me manage my anxiety this then led me to a OCD clinic that specialised in OCD I did an 8 week therapy I learned to master my OCD... I was taught many skills they took time to practice...

    Have you tried meditation?

    here if you want to chat

  3. Tryingtomoveon
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal

    Thanks for replying. Thanks for the advice I currently work with a psychologist and psychiatrist. I have been on anti d's for a couple of years took awhile to find the right ones. I think my main frustration is how when my anxiety gets high it causes all these physical symptoms nausea headaches etc. I would love to be able to come up with some strategies I can use when this happens.

    Thanks

  4. jtjt_4862
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hi Tryingtomoveon,

    I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling this way. I certainly felt the same way as well when I had an anxiety attack. I found practicing mindfulness through meditation to be very useful in keeping myself together. This can be done almost anywhere that you feel comfortable, and you can try doing it for 5 to 15 minutes. Find a nice comfortable place to sit in, close your eyes, and take deep breaths of air into your body. Follow the breathing sensation of your body. Feel the air going through your nose and into your lungs, and then coming back out again. In your mind, you can speak to yourself the words "breathe in" and "breathe out" each time you inhale and exhale. You may sometimes feel your mind slowly drifting away to different thoughts as you do so, which is not a bad thing. But try and pull your focus back to your breathing.

    I hope the above may be able to provide you with some assistance in coping with anxiety. Also happy to listen to you if you have any thoughts that you'd like to share as well.

    Jt

  5. Petal22
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    That’s ok tyingtomoveon,

    I understand these symptoms would be frustrating.

    that’s great you are seeing professionals...have you discussed your symptoms with your psychiatrist?

    has exercise helped you at all? I found it very useful and meditation..

    hopefully as you practice your skills it will help your level of anxiety..

    here to chat

  6. Tryingtomoveon
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Thanks both.

    I had a chat to my psychologist which helped. I'm going to start doing more meditation on a daily basis and also pausing to do some breathing throughout the day.

    I think I just have had a few triggers lately and I struggle to let my feelings out and instead bottle them up and become overwhelmed but sometimes it is just so hard for me to express how I am feeling. I struggle to just allow myself sit with the feelings as I feel like if I was to let go and cry I would loose control

  7. Tryingtomoveon
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    7 June 2021 in reply to jtjt_4862

    Thanks for your reply.

    I am going to do some more meditation and work on some that focus on trying to sit with intense feelings that I think is the issue that I bottle up too much.

  8. Petal22
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hi tyingtomoveon,

    that’s great that you spoke to your psychologist, I’m glad it helped you...

    that’s great you are going to start doing more meditation, I found meditation great..... I believe it got me over the line.... it taught me that I’m not my thoughts but the watcher of my thoughts.... I can now sit back and observe my thoughts and not get caught up in them.. ( it takes practice)...

    that’s ok .... sometimes it’s hard to express how we feel......

    I remember when I was on my mental health journey one night i just cried so much.... I believe it helped me to release all of that.... I believe crying is healing....

    here to chat to you

  9. Maidez
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    7 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    I get the same. Slow belly breathing helps and EFT tapping. On YouTube search for tapping for anxiety.

    i used to be able to work out what was making me anxious but has become more free floating and symptoms can flare even if seemingly relaxed and sleepy. The DARE app is useful - about learning not to struggle so much with it. Exercise helps and yoga

  10. Tryingtomoveon
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    9 June 2021
    Thanks for the info. I will look into the EFT and the Dare app. It got so out of hand last night I ended up in emergency. It is really hard because the symptoms are so intense. I felt like an idiot having to go to emergency when they say nothing is wrong but the symptoms are real.
  11. Annas1
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    9 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hello TTMO,

    I can really identify with the intensity of the physical feelings you can experience as a part of anxiety. It can feel very frightening when your body acts in this way. I sometimes feel like my body is 'betraying' me somehow. So, don't feel ashamed about needing support when things feel out of control - that's what it's there for. In the long-term you will develop more coping skills and strategies to reduce the frequency of attacks and lessen their intensity. The other important skill or attitude is one of acceptance and self-compassion. It really is tough when we have these feelings, especially if we don't have the social support we're looking for. I'm still on a journey of 'radical self-acceptance', which means tolerating the peaks and troughs of my feelings even when I wouldn't choose them.

    I have received lots of good re-framing advice on my travels, and one of the most profound was the idea that when I feel bereft or anxious (for whatever reason) that on one level this reflects the fact that I am 'full of feeling'. Now, normally, deep sadness and anxiety are not feelings I welcome, but re-framed this way they simply become members of a family of feelings that are part and parcel of being human. That's in fact what we are, we are feeling beings. This re-framing has helped me understand that my pattern of feeling suppression has been harmful to my fullest sense of self. In other words it's completely normal to have all sorts of feelings and we needn't deny any of them.

    A particular insight for me is the connection between repressing sadness and feeling anxious. Often lying beneath my anxiety is a need for expressing vulnerability and feeling safe. This is what I am now working on, to reconnect with those core feelings. I'm working with a new psychologist to 'go beneath the bonnet' and explore why hiding sadness has been so important in my life. It's another chapter on the journey toward an easier sense of being all of myself. I will undoubtedly be challenged by more feelings of anxiety and deep sadness, but I will choose to be courageous and work for positive changes in managing my internal world and forging my place in the world. We all have something unique to give, you and me too!

  12. Here2Talk
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    9 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hi Trying,

    There are multiple things that can cause anxiety, including our genes, early childhood experiences, trauma.

    our bodies react to how we perceive the world. Sometimes you may get anxious and your body responds with what they call fight or flight response - heart rate goes up, blood pressure etc.... it’s like our body senses threat and then our mind; or the other way around, or both in a feedback loop.

    what things have you and your psychologist/psychiatrist shed light on?

  13. Tryingtomoveon
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    10 June 2021

    Thanks both for your reply.

    I recently began to read Tara Brach book radical acceptance. I think for me it's about believing it which I need to work on. I think alot of the anxiety is to do with childhood trauma and never learning to express my emotions and now struggling to learn these new skills while being anxious.

    Thank you so much though for all the tips I will look more closely at these at the weekend and I think I need to write a go to plan.

  14. Here2Talk
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    10 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Come back if you want to talk more, and good luck. With severe anxiety it is likely that there are thoughts, behaviours and feelings that are leading to the continuing anxiety, and overcoming it will deep exploration of the self.

  15. Tryingtomoveon
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    11 June 2021
    Today I got out my skills from the DBT program and ACT skills and I'm having altogether so I can focus on them and know where they are when im outside my window of tolerance. Thank you all for your help this week in making me realise I'm not alone and offering me some strategies it has really helped.
  16. Annas1
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    11 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hi TTMO,

    it sounds like you are doing a lot of reflecting and coming up with some new understanding of yourself and your emotional patterns. This is so important in maintaining wellness over the long-term - really getting to know and appreciate ourselves, where we've been, who we've known, how we've truly felt. You are definitely on the journey to self-acceptance my friend.

    My extra thought is that the inner shift to self-acceptance usually takes time (I'm still working on it!), especially if the old pattern has been one of resistance, denial or self-judgement. This means that sometimes I need to forgive myself for instinctively reacting to my anxiety with resistance, denial or judgement. It's tricky, that's for sure. But let's keep at it TTMO. I have definitely observed a change in my own instinctual reactions when I'm triggered to become anxious. I think there is a bit more space now between the alarm and my thought process. It's very encouraging when you can identify positive changes - it will happen for you too.

    Mantra of the day - Be kind to yourself!

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  17. Tryingtomoveon
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    10 posts
    12 June 2021
    Today was a pretty bad day and the physical symptoms are getting worse again. I had a miscarriage this time two years ago. My friend announced she was pregnant today and I was finding this week tough. I am delighted for her but it just makes me feel like I keep failing and everyone around me is moving on.
  18. Annas1
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    15 June 2021 in reply to Tryingtomoveon

    Hello TTMO,

    I'm sorry to hear you've been having a rough time with the physical symptoms of anxiety. I have this problem too sometimes, and it's often worse when I haven't had adequate sleep. Sometimes the best thing I can do for myself is find a quiet place to lie down and focus on my breathing.

    I also think it's important not to beat ourselves up for struggling so much - it's really not our fault that things are rough. The brain is a complex beast and we only have so much control. We need to be kindest to ourselves in these difficult times. Imagine being a 'best friend' to yourself. How would you respond to your friend experiencing these physical symptoms? Would you be sensitive to the mental distress they might be causing? Would you reassure your friend that you are there for them and understand that this hard for them? This is the kind of attitude i'm trying to cultivate towards myself in times of crisis and struggle. I encourage you to think about doing this for yourself too.

    Sending you kindness and warmth,

    Annas1

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