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Just need a little help.

Hi guys,

This is my first post in this group and I am here because I have anxiety and symptoms of depression. I’m not truly diagnosed, however I experience panic attacks in large crowds and in social situations, and I also find it difficult to feel any emotion on a daily basis, and often spend hours sitting at home, unable to leave the house or talk to anyone.

I recently got a new job that pays a lot, but is very stressful. It’s in customer service, so it’s a lot of social interaction and there are very high expectations at this place. I also recently experienced a really hard breakup, which really adds on to my anxiety. I thought I did the right thing by breaking up, because I was feeling overwhelmed in the relationship. But now I feel guilt and shame that I didn’t give her a fair chance to change.

Right now I just don’t have any motivation or interest in anything and it’s really hard. Any thoughts to help me through this rough patch?

Thank you in advance for listening.

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I’m still trying to handle things myself. I have learned that my faith can actually make me stronger.

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That is a valuable thing to have learned. You’re a step ahead when you know what makes you stronger!

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Is there a hobby you’d like to pick up? It’s good for the mind when we teach it new things.

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I have noticed I’ve been out of touch with hobbies lately... with my new 8-5, it feels like time is super crunched to do anything hobby wise but I think reading and writing would be great to get into again.

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Awesome! Let me know if you’d like any book suggestions.🤓

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Ohhhhh I see you like to write!!! Me too! I also work full-time so can't spend the time writing like I would prefer...but I found a great platform called 'Scrivener' which allows me to make random notes and writings and then organize them later into a more cohesive writing piece. This is so much better than MS Word or Google Docs for me, because I can write digital index cards and sort later-whereas in MS Word I get overwhelmed trying to organize my thoughts and the document. Just a thought :) By the way-if you like to write, you could always try your hand at free-lancing! Plenty of people (including myself for over 5 years) make enough to live on! No anxiety, no social interaction required :) A great place to start is called 'Fiverr'. Start small and work your way up! I also write on UpWork. Thoughts......

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I can definitely relate - I have a lot of trouble in social situations as well, and because of that I spend many hours at home with nothing concrete to do. A lot of times I'll combat this by going for a walk or doing some deep breathing/reading a book to occupy my mind for a bit - maybe that would help you out?

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Thanks for your reply whirlybird5 do you have any book suggestions? It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get into a good book.

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Yeah! I'm really into mysteries, might be a little counteractive for anxiety haha but The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French is one of my favorites - really intricate and compelling stuff to read imo :)

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Very cool! Thank you for the suggestion :)

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Whirlybird5 just went to my local library and they didn’t have In The Woods 😭 however I did pick up a book and started reading today. It was very relaxing 😌 thank you for encouraging me to pick up a book.

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Thats great, no problem! What book did you read?

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Reading it again because it’s one of my favorites.

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That is a great book. I have that one.

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Always read books!!!!📚💕

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