What gets me about this whole anxiety issue is the intermittent nature of anxiety. One day I can be absolutely fine and the next a wreck. Today for example, as soon as I got out of bed, I was having trouble with a tight chest and heart palpitations. I haven't had those symptoms for a while so I want to know why now, why today and why when the symptoms appear does it start a downward spiral of being vigilant about any small changes going on in the body and the likely outcomes - so if I have a tight chest and heart palpitations, I am obviously going to die, if my head aches, I going to die, if my vision is blurred, I am going to die. I don't even like writing that down in case I am going to ................ well you probably all know if your anxiety is at a high level. Medication doesn't work for me but mindfulness and meditation does tend to tame the beast, so whatever I am doing I try and concentrate really hard on it. So now I am typing this I try and concentrate on the feelings of pressure in my finger tips and the tension in my wrists. If I go for a walk I concentrate on the pressure of my feet on the ground. If I concentrate on things external to my body the anxiety can diminish. If all else fails I get out my colouring book (sad at the age of 59!) and colour in the pages and that seems to work too!
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