Today's random subject is anxiety, mainly because I'm anxious as hell right now. I have panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder which unfortunately means that most times I have no idea why I feel like I'm going to crawl out of my skin.
A lot of times anxiety goes hand in hand with depression so this time of year is like a
double whammy for me in that respect. I've pasted the Cycle of Anxiety below and
I've talked to doctors and what have you, but unfortunately, my anxiety doesn't really
have a normal pattern, at least not the sudden onset kind like today.
I also have what I call normal anxiety - meaning anxiety that I know the cause of whether it's nervousness about going somewhere, or in my case at the moment, leaving the house.
Social anxiety falls into that category for me, too. It's been a big one the last couple
of years because I've attended a few conferences. For some reason I can go to
a concert and not worry about it though. Strange how the brain works.
Anticipation is a big anxiety trigger for me, and on top of that I'm a constant worrier
and catastrophizer. That all adds up to a lot of pressure but since I know
those things about myself, I can understand it and control them a little better
than when my mind and body are turning against me for no reason.
I've been to classes on relaxation and "controlling your anxiety" but generally
the skills they they introduced didn't work for me. Concentrating on your breathing
is a big skill for anxiety and it seems to work really well for a lot of people,
but I'm not one of them. When I try to use that skill it just makes me go into
panic mode and hyperventilate. I've actually passed out because of it.
Another skill I've been taught is listening to music when anxiety worms its way in.
Usually the suggestions have been soothing music, quiet, serene and calming. That
doesn't work for me either BUT music does work if I rock the volume enough to
raise the roof and of course it's music I love not some
I'm also a big pacer when I'm anxious, preferably with my favourite loud music playing.
I've paced in hospitals, shopping malls, and on the streets. I have a pacing pattern
in my house, too - it's a circle route between the kitchen, living room and
dining room. I'm surprised I haven't worn a hole in the floor yet.
This has taken me a long time to finish so I'm going to stop babbling
and go pace while with some loud Christian Kane. Don't forget
to put your name in the hat for my new release on my last post.
I'm giving away a copy of In The Moment.
Have a good one and enjoy my usual dose of Kane.
Christian Kane and Brian Nutter - Hemorrahage (in your hands)
Have a listen - it's pretty awesome and it's not even a country song.