Hi, I have suffered from anxiety as long as I can remember and it has taken me until my 30's to feel I am finally, slowly getting some control. I wanted to share my experience as when my anxiety was getting me down I would often turn to sites for advice and read other peoples experiences.
I didn't even realise what that feeling was for a long time, I just knew some certain situations made me feel very uncomfortable. Sunday nights were always the worse and when I was younger my anxiety really affected my career. Someday’s I felt so bad I didn't have the confidence to go into work and had to phone in ill. Luckily these days I have the option to work from home or an office which does help.
I had a very dysfunctional upbringing with two alcoholic, unsupportive parents which I still feel is where my anxiety issues stem from. I have had counselling on and off for a few years which helped put some issues into perspective but no matter how much counselling I attended I could never shift the feeling of gloom and butterflies inside of me.
I was very low the Christmas just gone, I had some issues with my parents splitting up and they were relying heavily on me for support. My anxiety skyrocketed the side effect of this was I started to feel depressed with the whole situation, so much so I considered going to my GP to seek medicinal help. Something I have sworn I would only do as a last resort.
I decided something had to change, so I gave up caffine, cut down on drinking alcohol, I do not drink in the week but with a stream of 30th’s, hen do’s and weddings I decided not to give up entirely. However it does make a big difference. I can feel my anxiety on a Sunday after a couple of glasses of wine on a Saturday. I started running 3 times a week with the couch to 10 k programme (I am on week 9) and attend aerobics once a week with a friend. I have found it is impossible to feel anxious when exercising.
I have also put myself on a healthy eating regime, not stupidly so but making an effort to eat a more balanced diet, more fruit and veg, cut out lots of junk food etc (as I sit here eating a magnum ice cream). But I believe everything should be done in proportion.
I am also on 100mg a day of 5HTP, I have just bought a new pack which also contains valerian root .I take this with a 1000mg omega 3 fish oil capsule. I was on homeopathic Phosphorous but after 4 months didn’t really seem to be having much affect. But I can’t recommend the 5HTP and fish oil enough.
I still get the occasional pang, but I feel amazing. I never knew what it was like to wake up and go about my day without feeling so anxious you feel sick, the dread speaking in meetings and be shaking like a leaf just introducing myself. I am naturally a personable, person . Outgoing and really enjoy meeting new people so I was always so confused to why I reacted like I did in certain situations.
I look forward to hearing your feedback, and wish you all the luck in the world getting on top of this under estimated condition.