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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:33 am 
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Yesterday I signed up for a month of yoga classes and booked a class for later that day. I had a few free hours in between work and class and I got increasingly anxious about going to class. I didn't want to go because it meant dealing with people. But I went anyway.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:40 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:42 pm 
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i did ebabz last weekend - 1,000 people were there and i was nervous about tabling, even though i did it last year. i did it and i am happy!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:00 pm 
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I contacted someone I'd met through a class to ask if she'd like to meet up now the class has finished. The whole time I was wondering if I was writing silly stuff and she wouldn't want to see me and would think I was weird for suggesting it, but I sent it anyway!
AND she wrote back and said she would love to meet! This may actually happen!

(This is particularly major because I realised I never socialise with anyone apart from friends of my partner, and very occasionally the local vegan Meetup group, and this person seems super awesome and I want her to be my friend.)

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:28 pm 
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That's great!

These things we obsess over and the worst-case scenarios we endlessly fondle...

They don't usually happen.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Meant to post in the regular thread sorry! Can't delete right?

Oh I'll share a triumph! I went to a new gym and new class today and it was full of the hottest hippest East London young women I've ever seen (I thought one was Cara Delevigne) and I didn't cry or vomit.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:42 pm 
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I'm on a roll:

Yesterday I got up the nerve to ask for a sick day despite us being so close to Christmas and we have been crazy busy. Granted, Fridays are quiet but I felt so bad about having to ask despite dragging myself in all week while sick as fork. Then today when I was feeling a bit better I went to my local municipal office to have my property taxes changed to automatic withdrawal (long time coming) - came home and finally made a call that really needed to be made because of Mr Moon's work situation and the government causing us problems (there is still more to do but we finally have a plan of attack and actual information now) and then I went and got THE MAIL which is my biggest anxiety trigger by a long shot and now all our bills are paid up for the most part.

I feel like Wonder Woman right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:19 am 
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You're ticking your way through the list.

Good going!

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I'm very likely to see someone I don't want to see today in a social setting. My body is gearing up for a confrontation but I know that probably nothing will happen. Ugh, fork this fight-or-flight reaction to nothing.


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I went canvassing for Bernie Sanders this past weekend. I knocked on strangers doors and made phone calls and didn't take any anxiety meds to do it.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Whoa.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:24 pm 
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I had an epiphany today that is not an epiphany at all it's just a fact I managed to think about in a different way: It is comforting to me to think that SO MANY, most, people in the world get through the day without catastrophe despite catastrophic thoughts. All of those people don't have terrifying things happen to them from in social situations to car accidents to fatal diagnose.

Blew my own mind a little bit. Can you imagine if every person suffering from anxiety's catastrophic thoughts HAPPENED? That would never happen! That would never happen.


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:34 pm 
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I got the mail yesterday! I hadn't gotten it since before we went away and the anxiety about what was building about there almost made me vomit. Literally. But i got it and it was GOOD!

I vow to check the mail again this weekend as their will potentially be more mail. And if I don't make a vow I will not do it.

Any thought on how I can do this and increase my accountability? It's not
Like I can take a pic of "checking the mail" and post it to Instagram which is about the only thing that keeps me up with certain things lately? Do you have any tips for accountability regarding personal anxiety challenges?

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Rewards? I guess that's not accountability, but maybe it could lead to some good ideas? It's the carrot instead of the stick.

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I went to a large discount shop yesterday that was mind-blowingly hot (no open windows, fans or air con and it's summer so....). Anyway, I became really panicked because it was so stuffy and I felt it difficult to breathe. Normally I would have just abandoned my trolley and left the store but I went to a quiet aisle with no other people and just paced up and down until I felt calm enough to carry on. Sounds silly but hey.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Doesn't sound silly. It sounds reasonable and effective.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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I went out of the house for the first time in a week today!! I struggle with going out when I feel poorly but I always feel poorly now so it means I never go out. And I need to change that but it's so hard. Anyway the lightbulb popped in the bedroom (i swear I go through light bulbs like anything) so I decided I would go buy a lightbulb.

I bought the wrong lightbulb, it was the right section and the package in front of it was the right one, just that package was already open so I picked up the package behind it and I guess didn't look closely enough.

So next challenge, go back and get the right lightbulb. But still, I got out! And it was very hard and i almost turned back but I didn't. And a girl told me she liked my dress, which was nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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But you didn't turn back.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Good for you, Vixki.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:05 am 
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Yay for triumphs!

Being in the hospital taught me to (somewhat) handle anxiety without meds. I had an anxiety attack and they wouldn't call the doctor so he could prescribe klonopin (I'm not sure this is an ethical policy though) and I handled it without having a meltdown. Of course since I've been home I've had two panic attacks and took my klonopin so clearly I need to apply those skills in the real world. Baby steps.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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As posted in the best things thread - I told one of my bosses that I can't work full time anymore. I had given him warning about 2 months ago that I was having problems and would need to revisit my options after I got back from vacation. Then I pushed it all down and tried not to vomit and cried a lot.

But today I did the thing and I wasn't fired (which wasn't going to happen) and he wasn't mad or upset (which also wasn't going to happen) and it all went exactly how I had hoped (we will revisit next week when he's had a chance to talk to other managers) but I did the really, super, crazy hard thing, admitting to them I have to change my hours and the other even harder thing, that I probably will never be able to physically work full time. That last bit was more admitting to myself but it's still a really hard kick in the pants.

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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Nice work Moon! I am inspired. I need to start being more honest with my work about the mental and physical exhaustion I get from way too much overtime. It's tough because I don't resent it at all even if I don't get paid for it--we are such a small company and my job is so entrepreneurial so I am making my own decisions, but I give myself unrealistic expectations and I'm just really, really exhausted all the time. It's up to me to be proactive and admit that to both myself and my coworkers, but it's such a tough thing to do when I care as much as they do if we don't get stuff done because we need "days off." We are not trying to be workaholic martyrs; we are all just the type to naturally overdo work.


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 Post subject: Re: Triumphs over anxiety!
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Well done Moon! That is amazing! My pleas for a change in work conditions for my health has always fell on deaf ears.

So, plans for getting out of the country are in progress, I swallowed all my anxieties I was having about moving, committing to a tenancy and sharing with people and have now got a place to live! It's been a huge ordeal for me with the thought of moving and it was one of the main off putting things and caused many a sweaty heart thumping sick stomach racing thought moment. But tomorrow, once I have all my money in the one account I can do the balance transfer of the deposit! Yay!

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My neighbors run their barbecue and in the past it has sent tons of smoke into our house, triggering my asthma attack. It's been the occasion for such bad blood because they refuse to move their barbecue (because that would send their smoke into their house) and refuse to talk to us or in any way work with us to mitigate the problem.

So today they're barbecuing (Copa Americana game near us), so I'm trying to stave off a panic attack with calm breathing and an exit plan.

But my whole house smells like smoke and it's really freaking me out.

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I picked up the phone to call a stranger because my washing machine broke. I realise this doesn't sound like much, but it was the first time in three years I didn't get a friend/family member to make the call for me. And it went ok. And they didn't shout at me. And the world didn't end.

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