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Old 06-03-11, 03:55 AM   #1
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Hi I just wanted to start a thread on tips and tricks peopls use for taming their anxiety....be it by mediation, exercise or natural medication. What have you found that helps you get by? I've had general anxiety and social anxiety for a year now although it has been brewing for a quite awhile before it finally blew up in my face.

I've personally tired kava (pill form), Yogi Kava stress relief tea, 5htp, St John's Wort, chill pill, Rhodiola Rosea Root Powder and Arnica....I'm sure there's a few I forgot. I like the more natural approach to anxiety but have yet to find any thing that really does the job.

If you have any idea's or just want to share your personal experiences I would love to hear from you.

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When I feel anxious or feel like i'm approaching a situation where i may experience anxiety I feel it is important to keep a few things in mind.

If you try to analyse and overanalyse it leads to creating scenarios in your head. Confusion and anxiety arises and when the scenario you create in your head doesn't present itself, you become lost and unsure of how to cope with it. Don't plan too much.

Rationalise. Try to think about whats going on in a rational way. Instead of having thoughts which are counter-productive. Think about what situation you're in and how to rationally approach it.

Sit down alone and have a cup of tea. Think about deep stuff. I find this helps me too.
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When I had problems with stress and anxiety I would do meditation and and breathing techniques and after a while I could call on that feeling throughout the day.

Funny thing is that I knew exactly when I was anxious or stress I could hear my blood flow and when I would breath calmly and imagine myself sinking into the earth and relaxing with every breath the noise would go away haha.

On a side note I have read in several things that St. John's Wort with interact with birth control pills. So be careful with that one if it applies to you.
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Hi you guys,

I find it hard to think rationally when I am in a blind panic over something, that's where I guess practising meditating would come in handy so I could after a while channel the inner feeling of peace I need even in stressful situations.

I have to try and think more clearly with my head instead of my emotions. I'm not really taking anything at this moment. Sometimes I think I may be too impatient, I want to take some thing and have it work straight away so I can manage to survive through the day....but nothing seems to work that way besides alcohol of course but that is not a long term solution for anything.
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Hello, I have a strange tip that my former therapist taught me
If you are sitting down, cross your hands at the wrist and place them on your legs (left hand, right leg. right hand, left leg). And then just tap steadily. It helps if you count "one, two, one two" not only so you can make sure you arent going too fast but also to keep your brain busy.
There is some rationalization of this, but I forget now. Personally, I refer to it as my voodoo magic :)
Hope this helps.
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Hello fightingaugust....I tried your wonderful piece of wisdom as soon as I read it. You're definitely right it does have a black vodoo magic vibe about it but whatever works right?

I guess I can't do it in public situations though...it might look a tad weird don't you think? Thanks for the tip, I will definitely give it a try when my anxiety strikes once again (indoors of course).
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