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Hi everyone on here. I hope my message finds everyone on here feeling well. Lately with everything that’s going on in the country my anxiety levels have been pretty elevated. I must admit, I have been struggling a lot recently. I’m also amid this pandemic, helping my daughter online everyday with her schoolwork. I absolutely adore my little girl, but she definitely cranks up my anxiety levels. To boot, I have OCD, since childhood, but everyday has been somewhat of a challenge. I do also have psoriasis, and this pandemic has caused a major flare up in my condition. I do have an appt with my psychotherapist tomorrow which I’m definitely looking forwards to. I just really hope things go back to normal sooner than later. SAMSON

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Hello.

It sounds like you have a wonderful and busy little family. I understand the stress and anxiety, I have been there too! A couple of things that really help me to find a sense of calm and peace is; uplifting and encouraging music and 2). Is that I pray when I really feel like nothing else is helping and just need some quiet time. -( I listen to contemporary Christian music, that lifts me up and encourages me). Hope this helps!

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Strongest123 in reply to JkBauer

Thank you so much, I surely appreciate it

Hi

Yes, I can understand how you might be feeling lately. This pandemic has upped everyone's anxiety...and pushing more and more people into trouble.

I genuinely hope that you start feeling better. Things will become normal, indeed. Meanwhile, do update us on your health.

Take care

Thank you so much. I do like the support. A little bit goes a long way.

Hi, I'm sorry your anxiety levels are elevated. I can relate to you so much. Some days are better than others, but some days are really, really bad. It feels like all this anxiety just comes out of no where (it doesn't, I just tend to repress it until it blows). I started keeping an online journal and it has helped me out quiet a bit. Most times I just have a minute or two to write a few words about how I'm feeling at that moment but that seems to help "release" the anxiety even if it's only for the moment. I have a child that is very high need/maintenance that is also very loud and he triggers most of my anxiety. Hang in there. I know this pandemic and political situation (I'm in the US) is stressful, but it can't last forever. You are not alone.

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Strongest123 in reply to crisbal

Thank you very much. I do also live here in the US, and it’s been crazy. I’m very blessed to be retired. I retired on a disability. I see it as a blessing cause I’m 54, and have a beautiful 9 year old baby girl.

Hello. Things have been very challenging these past few months for everyone. Anxiety levels are at an all time high. I am grateful that I have a psychiatrist with whom I connect regularly. It really helps to know that I can contact him if things get to be too much. On-line peer support groups led by an experienced failitator also help a lot. Stay well and go at your own pace...one thing at a time

Remember to do abdominal breathing. I also listen to calming music and try to keep stressful situations at a minimum. All the best to you

Thank you very much. I notice that I get up every morning lately feeling pretty depressed.

I think a lot of people are going through the same thing. You might want to speak to a doctor about medication. Exercise also helps some people quite significantly and staying connected with supportive, caring people. These are hard times that we have been living in. Wishing you all the best.

yes, I have a lot experience with psychotherapy, I recommend it highly, but don't be afraid to switch to another therapist if you don't "click" with your first one. Also see if you can meet first with the therapist to see if you are compatible. This meeting should be at no cost to you and you can also find out about insurance reimbursement.

So sorry you are going through all of this. I don't have any kids in school, but my husband is a high risk if he gets covid (it's been ramppant in our area). We are still staying home as much as we can. Anxiety is high. The above suggestions are all good ones. One thing my therapist told me is to give yourself 15 minutes a day to cry, self pity, yell, whatever. Then go on with the rest of your day. This has helped me. Also make sure you take deep breaths and stay in touch with your therapist. I wish you the best. Let us know how you are doing.

Thank you so much. I surely do appreciate all the support. I have an appt today with my therapist today. I can’t wait to unload on him.

These are some uncertain times. But cooler heads will pervail, they always do. Yes, I have had experience with psychotherapy. It can be great. Just be yourself and be as open as you possibly can. Remember the therapist is there to help you. Good luck to you.

Hi. I too have anxious thoughts. Just yesterday I was waiting for my wife undergoing a medical procedure. I was anxious. So I searched online for prayers for anxiety. On Crosswalk.com I found an article titled "Prayers for Anxiety when Your Heart is Overwhelmed". I prayed through the prayers in the article and it helped me to greatly reduce my stress level - it was so good to remember to call upon God in times of concern (and all other times too).

I also listed to Christian Praise music on KLOVE radio. Such encouraging and uplifting songs!

Prayers for your relief from anxiety!

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