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Anxious, sleepless - looking to share ways to reduce anxiety, stay positive

GusK profile image
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I can deal with the anxiety if I can breathe better, stay well (and all that entails), and take the right meds.

I thrive on talking to people, which has been modified by the pandemic. The loss makes me anxious. So be it. I only want to listen to suggestions (breathing techniques, things to say to myself), and share what I know if it will help another achieve a better sense of wellbeing themselves.

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starveycat profile image

I do tai chi. You can learn it off the internet. I also have breathing problems, asthm a and hay fever, I also shake and have tinnitus, so have anxiety. I also do crochet. I talk incessantly to a stray cat, and listen to soothing music. All helps . Good luck

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There are sleep apps you can download to help you if you are having problems sleeping so they are worth taking a look. xx

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GusK in reply to bobbybobb

Can you suggest any apps that work for you?

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bobbybobbAmbassador in reply to GusK

I have Relax Melodies, it has meditations on also to help you sleep. If you go on the net and just type in free sleep apps they should all come up. There are quite a few. xx

Bkin profile image

Worried about Coronavirus - Anxiety - NHS - Mind Matters -

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

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springcross profile image

Try guided meditation. It works with a lot of people.

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SORRELHIPPOReading Rabbits

I too am a talker, a lot of the things I usually talk about are no longer happening, cricket, rugby 7's, Olympics etc. I ring my friends on rotation, hope I do not drive them mad. The other thing I fond helps me is reading, I do this a lot and can loose myself in books. I argue with characters (as I argue with people on TV) I do not view this as talking to myself!!!

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I have found that really concentrating on my breathing when I lie in bed at night often helps me to 'drop off'. I take a deep breath in through my nose to fill my lungs, hold for 1 -2 secs. then breath out through my mouth, almost like blowing and at the same time say to myself

R E L A X. Much like after exercise when we did PE as kids. I can feel my shoulders dropping and my body responding to the command.

I have been doing this for about 6/7 weeks now and find it works about 85% of the time.

Sleeping has never come easy to me as my mind always 'switches on' at bedtime.

Good Luck with your endeavours.

I can absolutely recommend mindfulness meditation GusK. It's a simple technique to learn and I have a pinned post on this forum called The Calm Corner which sets out how to do it. Its aim is to keep you more in the present moment, so that your mind isn't running on imagining all sorts of outcomes. Learning it is simple, but doing it is very difficult for some people, but it might be worth your while to take a look at that post. You can find it by entering The Calm Corner in the HealthUnlocked search box.

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