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Managing my anxiety

Hello everyone, I’m Bailey. I’ve been struggling with anxiety for 5+ years and it’s still a daily struggle. During those years, I’ve on and off struggled with depression as well. This year has just really messed with my anxiety & has pushed me further in a hole than I ever thought. My anxiety is affecting my work life negatively and at this point, I don’t know what to do. I’m on anti-depressants, but all it does is make me numb & gives me a resting bitch face daily. 😫 in my line of work, I deal with people every second of my shift and because of my anxiety causing me to make me fear the worst, my customers are not confident in my abilities. I’ve tried the breathing techniques, hair ties, counting, medication, but haven’t tried therapy due to cost. It feels like my life is falling apart due to this illness & with school coming up and working daily, I need to work on managing my anxiety so this is my call for help.. I am open to any advice, I just don’t know how much more I can take of managing this on my own.

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Hello,

It is good that you found this site, I hope you find some help and advice on here.

You aren't alone, a lot of us have or are going through this too.

It is always good to know that if you need someone there will be a person here for you.

Glad to meet you Baileyx

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Me too, my options are limited and I used to have a texting hotline but it takes hours for someone to reply. I just hope I’ll learn something that may help me. I’m not a very outgoing person so I don’t particularly like reaching out for help because that requires talking about my problems.

Glad to meet you too, Jimmy.

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On here you can talk about your problems, we all do it. Don't be afraid to say what you need to say, this is a good outlet and just talking on here can help a lot.

You will meet people who are going through similar things to you, this place is for us all to share our problems.

We also make friends here to, having friends who know how you feel is a fantastic thing, they understand everything.

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Thank you so much!

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Hi Bailey! First of all, welcome! Im glad to see you here reaching out for some advice. I’m the same as you, I deal with anxiety myself & ive had a lot of bad things happen the last few months.. I was at my darkest. I’m still not all well, but just talking it out has helped me tremendously. Don’t ever be afraid to vent your feelings or reach out to any of us just as a listening ear. I’m no professional & don’t have all the answers but I wanna tell you what has helped me... I’ve been in this site one week & it has given me so much hope. Reading posts from others who are going through the same thing makes you feel less alone & less “crazy” if that makes sense. I’ve been meditating every night on this app called calm. Just to take 12-15 minutes out of your day to breathe. ASMR videos on YouTube always help me as well. I’ve been really into working out & yoga too. Or just swimming. I used to love journaling when I was a little girl & this week I’ve decided to pick it back up. It helps me sort out my emotions & think things through. Music always helps me too. This is just some of the things that have been helping me. Remember, it’s okay to get upset & cry or be nervous. Those are feelings. They will come & go. Just remember not to ever give up on yourself. Feelings will pass & you can get through this. This is a great first step. I wish you all the peace & happiness the world has to offer. If you need someone to talk to, don’t be afraid to pm me. 🖤

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Already just seeing actual responses to my post makes me feel better that I’m not so alone. What’s ASMR videos?

Thank you for that, you don’t know how much I appreciate this 😁

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You’re so welcome! That’s what we are here for! We’re all on this thing together!

The definition of ASMR according to google... “Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation.”

There are actual videos on YouTube that are set up like roleplays, but I believe there’s a little bit of ASMR everything. It’s just different sounds that give you a tingling response. The videos are so calming. I put headphones in my ear & just let them play & I can fall asleep from relaxation. It might seem a little weird, but it definitely helps me. If you wanna try it, one of my favorite asmr channels is called “ASMRRequests” it’s a girl named Ally & she has a little bit of everything. Even videos for anxiety.

Hope this helps! <3 Keep us posted on your progress & like I said, if you need me just let me know!

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Thank you so much! I’ll try that tonight and let you know how it goes!

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Love this response!

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Howdy Bailey! Welcome to our little community! Everyone here has pretty much already said what I was gonna say lol. So, if you ever need to vent or just to talk, we're here to listen and remember, you're never alone in this fight! We're all here for ya :)

A friend,

Brian :)

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Thank you so much. Already I feel better but believe me, there will be more venting going on.

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That's ok :) If nothing else, I am definitely a good listener :) I can be here if you ever need someone to vent to :)

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Besides medication, meditation has been helpful for me, I’ve just sat quietly in the past but will try the app Calm that DistressedMermaid suggested. Thanks everyone. ❤️

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