How to chill out, in a week?
October 19, 2011 11:35 AM Subscribe
I have a week off, during which I'd like to develop habits that will help me with anxiety and stress, both short and long-term.
posted by c'mon sea legs to health & fitness (7 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in a transition (just left my home of 6 years, am spending a week visiting my parents, and then move to a new city with a new job) that is stressful, but I'm responding to it like it's the end of the world. There are a few stressful points pertaining to money, but it's overall a really good situation to be in and the culmination of many months of work. However, I'm in a cloud of anxiety and have anxiety issues in general that are exacerbated by the transition, which leads to innocuous events taking on extreme importance (e.g. I knew there was stopped traffic a few hours ahead on a long drive, and I spent the three hours preceding that stopped traffic stressed out and obsessively imagining myself having a panic attack when stuck in traffic. The attack didn't happen, because I have panic coping skills, but those skills did not help with the anxious three hours leading up to the situation).
I'm at home with my parents right now, spending a week visiting. This basically means I have no plans and no obligations for a week, and I'd like to devote as much time as possible to beating back anxiety, both for this week and for the long-term. I know that beating anxiety is a process, and I have a therapist I'll be seeing regularly in New City, but I'd like to spend my time here productively and leave my parents' with a stronger sense of peace. I've read a lot of very helpful AskMes that had similar issues, but not the availability and time constraints I'm looking at. Recommendations for anything are welcome, especially if you have links to programs or other time-structured guidelines; I can spend up to 40 hours just working on this, but I can't really expend money. So:
What would you recommend I do, in a week, to calm my anxiety and start my new life off in a healthy way?