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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:04 am 
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Whatever it is, it's practically never as terrible as anxiety tells us it will be.

I think anxiety means well—in its way—but it really doesn't understand much about how the world actually works.

I came here for hope and inspiration and I really, really like this. Very true.

I guess I'm having a lot of what you could call triumphs--tackling an obscene amount of tasks that normally terrify me. I never really ever feel that my anxiety is lessened while doing so, but everything is always a tiny bit less terrifying than I let anxiety convince me it will me. Anxiety tells me everything is insurmountable, so I guess by making things "mountable" by trying I'm triumphing. Yay?


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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My taxes are going to be horrifying, but I'm doing what needs to be done to get them filed and squared away. Even though it's last minute. I'm still going to get them done, which is good.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:03 pm 
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Watch me go:

I am about to take the bus (ding!) to go downtown to shop for pants (!). That's two triggers, but I'm doing it anyway. By myself. I don't know why buying pants is so unpleasant. Well, there's the dressing room protocol (do I just go in? wait for you to open it for me?), the feeling like I'm being evaluated (these are too small? big? I should look at those over there?).

Ugh.)

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:14 pm 
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Or... watch me give up when two buses don't show up.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:45 am 
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In my city that is just a thing that happens a lot with certain bus lines. It sucks that it happened today and messed up your schedule. I think it's pretty neat that you got up and got out though. That part is hard, so it's worth something.

I hope the pants buying goes smoothly whenever it happens.


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:42 am 
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Mr poopie is in England for the foreseeable future, so I'm in charge of... well, everything. It's been two weeks now, and I've survived so far! I even arranged a time for someone to come cut our yard this morning. I could cut it myself, but we decided it would be better just to hire someone for this one thing. I texted with the guy to set a time, then I met him and paid him and I didn't die in the process.

Now I just need to schedule poopieboy for a haircut, and call his pediatrician to set up his 4-year checkup, and arrange something for his birthday. I can do this! I think?

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Yes, you can do this!

You're doing it!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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(And I did buy pants yesterday, but I had chompy with me, so I wasn't alone, so I don't know if it counts. But I did buy pants, which I needed, so it's good.)

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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It totally counts! Yay pants!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Not my personal triumph, but I'm super proud of my mom--who is afraid of flying in general and is also pretty severely claustrophobic--for coming all the way from the US to visit me!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Check me out: Right before I got on the bus to go home after the weekly Korean meetup, I tested my blood (insulin-dependent diabetes here). I was really low. So I drank some juice and ate a Clif bar and got on the bus a minute later. This is exactly the kind of situation that would have pushed my buttons completely off, but I'm hanging in.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:14 am 
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Yes you did! Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I went and did a volunteering thing today with my friend. It was lots of new people and I didn't really know what to expect... I almost chickened out. I'm so glad I didn't though! It was good and the other volunteers were all really nice to me. We went to the pub for a little bit afterwards. I think I might have just made some new friends! Which is great, and kind of a relief. I fell out with my main friend group (including my best friend of ~8 years) a few months back, and have been feeling pretty isolated since then.


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Bravo.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:34 am 
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Okay. I actually wrote manageable to-do list at work yesterday (normally I just do 800 things at once and start freaking out and forgetting everything) and I stealthily avoided anxiety as I went through it. Must remember.


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:05 am 
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Last night I woke up in the middle of the night filled with anxieties about so many different things. Instead of going down the anxiety spiral, I acknowledged what was worrying me, said well I can't really do anything about any of those things right now, and none of them are huge emergencies/overly serious, so I will deal with them tomorrow and I'll be fine, nothing bad will happen. And then I fell back asleep. That's never worked for me before!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Whoa. That sounds so... realistic. Well done.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I went to the doctor for a physical yesterday complete with bloodwork and a pap smear. It was like a grab bag of everything that scares the hell out of me, but my doctor was so awesome, and my husband took me out for lunch afterwards. Success! (But I hope I don't have to do any of that again for a long time.)

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Yeah, but now you know you can do it!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:00 pm 
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dakini wrote:
I went to the doctor for a physical yesterday complete with bloodwork and a pap smear. It was like a grab bag of everything that scares the hell out of me, but my doctor was so awesome, and my husband took me out for lunch afterwards. Success! (But I hope I don't have to do any of that again for a long time.)

I admire you!


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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dakini wrote:
I went to the doctor for a physical yesterday complete with bloodwork and a pap smear. It was like a grab bag of everything that scares the hell out of me, but my doctor was so awesome, and my husband took me out for lunch afterwards. Success! (But I hope I don't have to do any of that again for a long time.)



good ... think how much more triumphant you will feel when you get the all clear results.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Well done dakini!

So I am totally just out of an STI check. I survived it without any hint of panic and was relaxed the whole time! Such a change from the panic attack and flashbacks I had during a smear test last year.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Well done daisychain!


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I had some major anxiety earlier today which was making me jittery and thought-jumbled. I channeled it all into cleaning and listening to music, and now I'm so exhausted that I feel a lot better, actually.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I had a big decision to make that was stressing me out so much that I was pretty much having full-on panic attacks round the clock and not sleeping because of it, and, y'know, it's really hard to make a decision while having a panic attack, so that really didn't help at all. I'm pleased to say that I finally calmed myself down enough that I could make the decision, and I feel sooooooo good right now, OHMYGOD.

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