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Topic: Pushing through your anxiety

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  1. socialmoth
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    6 April 2021

    Hi everyone --

    I'd really like to get some advice on how to push through when you feel like your anxiety is holding you back.

    For me personally, once I'm anxious I find it really hard to get through to the other side. My anxiety will be so strong and sit with me for so long that it will stop me from doing things that I really want to do such as going to work or seeing friends.

    I know that your anxiety shouldn't stop you from doing the things you love, so how do you cope with this? What helps you push past the anxiety so that you're able to do the things you love?

  2. Gambit87
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    7 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Hi socialmoth

    I push though by 'just doing it'.

    I dont reeeeeeally know what I mean by that, but my thought process is when I get anxious and I start second guessing what im doing/where im going etc I stop for a minute and think about it then I just do it because I know that it will make me feel better afterwards.

    For an example, before seeing a psychologist I had alot of anxiety about work and I really did not want to go.

    But then I started thinking

    If I go to work - I can get a coffee and chat to the owner
    If I go to work - I get to see my workmates and have a laugh
    If I go to work - I can afford to take my girlfriend out to dinner or buy the new game etc
    If I go to work - I get to go home!

    I end up going to work - even though I was full of anxious energy.

    sometimes I get anxiety about going to my martial arts classess and I question myself "you've been doing it for years now - why you nervous? youre fine!' then I go do the class even though im full of anxious energy.

    when I play poker every week 'what if this? what if that? - uh... has any of that ever happened? No? move on then.

    and I would play poker.

    Afterwards I think to myself, see... it wasn't that bad... see!

    I hope my post makes sense and you get my point.

    sometimes stopping and thinking about the positive outcomes is enough to get you moving.

    Its bloody hard but you come out on the other side and think to yourself - worth it.

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  3. socialmoth
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    7 April 2021 in reply to Gambit87

    Hi Gambit,

    Thank you for your response! I absolutely know what you mean and I really appreciate you being so straight forward with it.

    Thinking about the positive outcomes is definitely something I could do. I usually tend to get really excited about doing something new and then once I push myself through the first couple of times, I end up getting so anxious that I stop doing it all together. Even though I know I enjoy it and will get something good out of it.

    I will try to focus on the positives next time I feel like that and see how I go :)

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    8 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Hi socialmoth,

    I like your username :)

    Yeah this is something I can relate to. I have a lot of anxiety it overwhelms me sometimes.

    For me personally, it's about choices. That sounds so cliche like it's easy, but it's not. I have to stop and think, is this worth it? What matters to me more? Like seeing friends probably matters to you, but is that something that is a big enough incentive for you to sit with all of these feelings?

    Values come into it a lot for me- because I feel more compelled to do things that matter even if I feel a little bit like crap. I think we all get into the habit sometimes of hanging home because it's easier and safer, and while sometimes that's totally ok, we don't get to do the things that we love and become the person that we want to be.

    I hope that makes sense. I know it sounds 'simple' but it's really hard, it's just something that works for me.

    rt

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  5. Petal22
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    8 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Hi socialmoth,

    I once had severe anxiety...... OCD it didn’t allow it to stop me from doing anything I wanted to do..... I chose to defy it every time if it tried to tell me not to do something I’d do the opposite if it said don’t go outside I went outside...... you are so much stronger than you think..... Lee pushing through it...

    I learned the more you do what your anxiety tells you to do the more you reinforce your anxiety.......

    have you seen a health professional at all? They can give you many strategies to help you to cope with your anxiety......

    remember to keep going, Keep pushing forward , believe in yourself you are stronger than you think...... 💪

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  6. socialmoth
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    8 April 2021 in reply to romantic_thi3f

    Hi romantic_thi3f

    Thank you for your response :)

    I understand what you mean about values and choices and really appreciate your point of view. Do you find that it ever gets easier? Kind of like practice makes perfect? I'm not too sure if anxiety works like that but just thought I'd ask for your experience.

  7. socialmoth
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    8 April 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal22

    Thank you for sharing how you cope with it. I do think I forget how strong humans can be. I will be going back to a counselor at the end of the month so hopefully that will help me feel/get stronger in that sense :)

  8. Petal22
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    8 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Hi Socialmoth,

    that’s ok, I understand it’s a very strong feeling to deal with..... you will get through it ...... there is light at the end of the tunnel.... your not alone many people have this condition...

    have you spoken to your gp about the way you are feeling? My gp was amazing through out my mental health issues..... I was put on an antidepressant for my anxiety which really helped aswell..... have you thought about medication?

    That’s great you will be seeing a councillor hopefully they can give you some strategies for coping with your anxiety...

    In my therapy I was taught mindfulness, meditation and attention training have you been given any of these tools? They really help with anxiety....

    hang in there.... you are strong and you can learn to overcome your anxiety...😊

  9. socialmoth
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    9 April 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal,

    Thank you for your kind words, they really mean a lot.

    I've previously been on medication but it caused hair loss and night sweats so I just stopped taking it and was too scared to go back to the doctor. I've booked an appointment with another GP who has an interest in mental health for tonight to talk about what has been going on. Thank you for your encouragement, I definitely think it is a good next step for me.

  10. romantic_thi3f
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    9 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Hi socialmoth,

    You're very welcome :) Thank you for your reply!

    Oh definitely. Full disclosure here- I used to have a lot of seizures and they'd happen anywhere and everywhere. Didn't matter where I was, if I was alone- with people, doing things. The unpredictability of it honestly just kept me home where it was safe. So going to Coles alone was honestly the hardest thing to do. But I also wanted to be the person who didn't let that stop me and could live kinda independently- and that ended up being enough incentive to go even though it terrified me.

    I know that this is probably dramatic for some people, but I think it just shows how insane my anxiety has been and how hard I've had to work to push through it.

    Every single time we push through our anxiety, we create new pathways in our brain- *neuroscience* ! Which is a lovely and cool way of saying that things do get easier.

    I believe in you and I know you can do this. :)

    Good luck with your appointment!

    rt

  11. Petal22
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    9 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Hi socialmoth,

    Thats ok 😊 I’m here if you ever want to chat..

    thats fantastic you have an appointment with a gp.... well done...

    one piece of advice don’t hold back on telling your gp exactly how you are feeling.... the more you can tell them the more they will understand were you are at.... and help you 😊

    sorry to hear what your previous antidepressant did.... maybe let this gp know and they could prescribe you a different one if you and your gp want to go that way.... also maybe see if they could refer you to a psychologist so they give you some strategies...... I know it’s some times hard to open up to a health professional but it’s worth it so they can help you..... I don’t know we’re I would be with the help of health professionals 😊 amazing people

    good luck with your appointment, let me know how you go 😊

  12. CalmCat
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    9 April 2021

    Hi Guys,

    What a great forum topic!

    I person use the Buddhist quote "Never Give Up"! Here is how it goes:

    "NEVER GIVE UP No matter what is going on Never give up Develop the heart Too much energy in your country Is spent developing the mind Instead of the heart Be compassionate Not just to your friends But to everyone Be compassionate Work for peace In your heart and in the world Work for peace And I say again Never give up No matter what is going on around you Never give up
    Dalai Lama"

    Have a great weekend!

    Regards,

    CC

  13. Petal22
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    9 April 2021 in reply to CalmCat

    Hi Calmcat,

    so true....... I adapted to reading alot of positive affirmations on my mental health journey.... I still read them on a daily basis, it helps to keep my mind positive..... I always look for the best in every situation.....

    if anxiety ever pops in head up ... I say to myself what is it here to teach me? Just by saying this it creates a shift.....

    From my previous experience with mental health I believe our struggles are here to make us not break us...

    We come out of it as a more stronger wiser person ... mine taught me so much it’s made me the beautiful person I am today 😊 going through it was tough but who I am today because of it is amazing.... there are always blessings we just need to see them 😊

  14. socialmoth
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    9 April 2021 in reply to CalmCat

    Hi Calmcat,

    Thank you for sharing! That is a really nice affirmation. I'm really anxious about my GP appointment tonight and have thought about cancelling a fair few times today. I'm going to not give up and keep pushing forward!

  15. Petal22
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    9 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth
    You CAN do this socialmoth it’s the start of your recovery by seeing your gp 😊 keep pushing forward..... take a deep breath.... try to put your attention on your breath on not on your thoughts 💪
  16. socialmoth
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    9 April 2021 in reply to Petal22
    Just letting you know I did it :) I will be going to them again next week to get a referral for the mental health plan. Thank you everyone for helping me with strategies to get through this first step. It can only go up from here!
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  17. Petal22
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    10 April 2021 in reply to socialmoth

    Welldone socialmoth that’s fantastic you saw your gp 😊 I’m proud of you and you should also be proud of yourself.....

    this is the first step for you to the road to recovery..... because you WILL recover.... your condition is temporary you will get better.... stay positive 😊

    that’s great you are going back to do your mental health plan.... I also did this ... it gave me 10 free sessions to a psychologist.... I was given many strategies....

    I learned meditation, mindfulness, attention training just to name a few.....

    meditation is great for anxiety it really helped me... you could find some apps on your phone if your interested in doing it.....

    mindfullness is also great it teaches us to be more in the present moment and not so much in our minds....

    have you tried exercising? I also found this helpful with my anxiety.....

    another thing I did was before I went sleep I’d write a list of things for me to do the next day......

    eg house work, exercise, go out of the house, catch up with a friend for a coffee .... each time I’d do one of these things I’d cross it off the list..... it would keep me moving and motivated every day because I was determined to do everything on the list ...... you could try it?

    remember to keep talking you aren’t alone in this 😊

    im here if you want to chat 😊

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