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Anybody else feel anxious about wasting time?


When I have anxiety it tends to make me procrastinate because it ruins my concentration, but that in turn creates more anxiety for me personally since I feel like I'm letting the whole day go by without getting anything done.

For this same reason I avoid taking naps even if I need them, since the thought of waking up hours later gives me anxiety. It's even worse if it's already dark out by the time I wake up.

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Amygdaland, I have been there as well. I always feel worse when I let a whole day go by without accomplishing anything. There was a time that I needed a nap everyday because of the meds I was on. Waking up when it got dark before dinner made me feel anxious and useless.

You are not alone in the feeling. As you can see, anxiety can and does disrupt our lives in one way or another.

When you are ready, anxiety can be treated with medicine and/or talk therapy as reasonable alternatives. You may want to explore them someday because they can set you free to live life fully and to be at peace with your anxiety and to be happy and feel normal. I have a long list of non-drug alternatives compiled from satisfied people on this site which I can print here if you would like me to. Just let me know right here. I wish you well and am praying for you!

Amygdaland in reply to BonnieSue

The list would be nice, thank you in advance!

BonnieSue in reply to Amygdaland

Some natural remedies and non-drug sources of information are books, videos, and workbooks suggested by other people on this site:

1---"I've found David D. Burns' "Feeling Good" and "When Panic Attacks" to be very helpful."

2---"I am working through the anxiety workbook by Dr David Carbonell and it has helped immensely!!! " His website is”9 ways to reduce anxiety now”

4---Mindfulness has helped many people and is now recommended by doctors in the UK. Here’s just 1 link that explains it’s usefulness: Another option of many is called MINDSHIFT. You can download it to your phone from Google Playstore.

5---TRE (Trauma releasing exercises) is something you can learn in a class but you don't have to talk about your problems and once you have learned the technique you can use it at home.

7---"A good book that I came across recently is "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, 6th Edition" by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD. You might find this book to be of some help to you, although communicating your thoughts and feelings in a group setting is enormously helpful as well. "

8---“The book DARE, which is about anxiety. It’s a very good book about accepting anxiety and letting go of the fear. The author is Barry Mcdonagh and he also has a YouTube channel and a Facebook support group.”

9---For anxiety: Claire Weekes audio books on iTunes. “Self Held for Your Nerves” is one title that is good. You can see her on YouTube. “The Dr. Claire Weekes book is easy to understand and will help you on your way to recovery through acceptance.” Someone else says: “I like the paradigm of acceptance by Dr. Claire Weekes in "Hope and Help for your Nerves"”.

10---I would also add "Don't Panic" by Dr. Reid Wilson.

11---Another really good CD and book is the Linden method.

12---How to be good with yourself: the meditation app called Headspace. It's done in 10 mins slots once a day.

13---Videos on YouTube by THAT ANXIETY GUY helps with anxiety re: depersonalization/ de-realization states.

14—For UK residents: Have you ever been in touch with the organisation called MIND? They offer one to one sessions with a Project Worker free. They also run courses that you can attend free of charge. One of the courses is about Anxiety. Their website is

15---"Go on the Psychology Today site and look for a therapist that specializes in anxiety." Psychology Today has listings with psychiatrists and psychologists and therapists with their pictures and the therapists’ specialties and philosophies, sliding scale fees if they have them, education and insurance accepted and other details they choose to post for you.

16---Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?

17---“Have you ever listened to Louise Hay on YouTube? Some of the talks help motivate you and hopefully you will feel a positive energy.”

18---“I called one of these online therapist sites. The therapist was really good. It was prestoexperts dot com. Her name was Lori Burke. Definitely a professional and she got me through this awful depression/anxiety morning.” (There is a charge for this service)

19---For meditation look at:

Tara Brach and Chopra Center

21---“AnxietyNoMore” by Paul Bywater. A phone app.

22---“At Last a Life” book by Paul David.

23---The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

By: Matthew McKay PhD, Jeffrey Wood PsyD, Jeffrey Brantley MD

A Clear and Effective Approach to Learning DBT Skills

First developed for treating borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has proven effective as treatment for a range of other mental health problems, especially for those characterized by overwhelming emotions. Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. In order to make use of these techniques, you need to build skills in four key areas-distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Source: NewHarbingerPublications

Caution for non-Buddhists: Zen Buddhism inspired aspects of DBT, along with behavioral science and dialectical philosophy. Source:

Amygdaland in reply to BonnieSue

Thank you so much!

Sometimes I feel guilty if I have a "lazy day". Maybe we all do. But in my heart I try to be forgiving with myself. Sometimes we need some "down time" to let our batteries recharge (so to speak). Find the golden mean for you- naps and relaxing days are fine so long as they don't hinder you from your most important responsibilities.

Getting enough sleep is also important for good mental health.

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