How do you calm down and focus? Strategies for coping with anxiety.
April 24, 2014 8:28 AM Subscribe
Do you suffer from anxiety or severe depression? What are some coping strategies you have developed that help you overcome and push forward? When medicine and therapy alone aren't enough, how have you stiffened up the sinews, summoned up the blood and conquered?
posted by Driven to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
Hello lovely mefites!
I need some solid suggestions for dealing with anxiety. Specifically, my anxiety is linked to my inability to finish up my final classes to get my B.A., and I really need some help focusing and settling down enough that I’m not panicking when I try to work. I know I have the ability to write well and I have the knowledge, my confidence is just so low. I have had moderate to severe clinical depression since I was a sophomore in high school and have been on Zoloft since that time. In the last year and a half my anxiety has really picked up to the point where I have been prescribed buspirone to use “as needed” to help manage it. Sometimes it helps and but sometimes I’m too far into the cycling thoughts and despair that it can’t help me calm down enough. I have been to a counselor before, but haven’t had much success. There have been times I have gone to class or intended to go into a store and been so apprehensive I cannot exit the vehicle. Sometimes when I am particularly stressed I notice my breathing becomes shallow or I feel extremely stifled. Tension headaches are a fairly regular occurrence.
I am an intelligent, mildly attractive young woman with burning curiosity and a strong work ethic. I know I can do this, I just struggle a lot. What are some good ways to banish the anxiety and focus? Sometimes doing nice things for people makes me feel a little better. Like I sent flowers to a dear lady who has had a wonderful impact on my life but lives several states away from me. I also decided to buy my best friend clothes as a gift because he will soon be looking for a job. Other strategies I have had is going for a drive or trying to work out a bit, but more often than not I lack the time to be able to utilize those options.
Just looking for some suggestions from others struggling with depression and anxiety and have found methods that work for them!