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Anxiety cures?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by sarbon, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    Hi,
    Just wondered if anyone has any hints or tips for coping with anxiety they'd be happy to share?
    I think it is anxiety that causes me to panic (feel like I'm going to pass out and can't breathe and I often end up sobbing) when I think about or start my workload and how little time there is! It is getting more frequent now too so am hoping to put a stop to it.
    I've tried bachs rescue remedy but it doesn't work for me - even with extra doses.

    Thanks in advance.
    Sarbon (an NQT, you may have guessed).

     
  2. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    Hi,
    Just wondered if anyone has any hints or tips for coping with anxiety they'd be happy to share?
    I think it is anxiety that causes me to panic (feel like I'm going to pass out and can't breathe and I often end up sobbing) when I think about or start my workload and how little time there is! It is getting more frequent now too so am hoping to put a stop to it.
    I've tried bachs rescue remedy but it doesn't work for me - even with extra doses.

    Thanks in advance.
    Sarbon (an NQT, you may have guessed).

     
  3. Speak to your GP. There are lots of very effective drug treatments out there. Alternatively, you might be referred for counselling.
     
  4. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    Thank you but I thought there may be ways of dealing with it without going to my GP.
     
  5. Focussing on breathing, mindfulness techniques, pilates etc can all make you feel calmer. Making sure you make time for yourself. Exercise. Being honest with your mentor and explain how you are feeling and asking for some more help and support or talking to a colleague you trust. Most teachers remember how hard it was being an NQT and are more than happy to help, give advice etc.

    A trip to the GP doesn't necessarily mean drug based therapy, counselling can be more effective but be guided by your GP.
     
  6. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    Thanks yirg, I do speak to my mentor about how I feel and it does help sometimes and she is very supportive. I DO get things done on time and everything usually goes well - but this is at the expense of my health. I am feeling more emotional and panicky and I don't like it as this is not me. I think the GP might be the answer after all.

     
  7. I used to keep strong flavoured boiled sweets that reminded me of my childhood in the car when I was prone to 'attacks'.
    For some reason a good strong peppermint or the like seemed to divert my mind for long enough to allow me to 'get a grip'. They also seemed to give a very brief 'feel good' factor.
     
  8. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    Thank you sunblest I'll give it a try! Herbal tablets it is then.[​IMG]
     
  9. geminiteach

    geminiteach New commenter

    Hi
    I use the following:
    *lavender oil (I even use it in the classroom sometimes, as long as I have no ASD pupils in)
    *relaxing music - loads of good tracks on YouTube, kids like them too :)
    * '7/11' breathing - breath in through your nose slowly for count of 7, then out through your mouth for count of 11
    *'square breathing' - imagine a square, breath in one side, hold for one side, breath out for one side, hold for final side
    * guided meditation is good, most libraries have them available to hire, or you can get free apps if you have an i-phone/i-pod
    *keep a worry book beside your bed and if you worry at bedtime/during the night write down your worries. This may help to put them in perspective because they often seem less worrying in daylight.
    *prioritise: what must you do, as opposed to what you should/could do?
    *try to tackle the hardest task first: putting it off tends to make it seem even harder
    There is loads of good advice out there on web sites. A good one that GPs recommend is livinglifetothefull.com.
    Hope some of this helps but if it doesn't please see your GP. I didn't go until I was unable to work and then I had to have 3 months off.
     
  10. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    Thnak you for your advice, I will definitiely look up the website you suggested. I hope you are okay now? [​IMG]
     
  11. geminiteach

    geminiteach New commenter

    Yes fine thanks. It was awful at the time but I have learnt a lot about myself in the process and have a much clearer perspective about leaving work at work.
     
  12. Hi, I used to suffer terribly from this. It seemed to be menopause triggered my anxiety. I tried rescue remedy and found it made me positively depressed, even on a small dose. My biggest breakthrough has been stopping all caffeine - it made a massive difference and now when I have even one cup of coffee I start with palpitations so I know it was definitely the main cause. However I've also found that too much sugar - like in sweets or puddings - triggers feelings of anxiety. Often when I felt an attack coming on it seemed to trigger a further response as if just the thought of it starting made the whole thing worse. When I keep off caffeine and sugar though, I really don't have any problems at all.
     
  13. Oh joy! This is what I've been trying to tell various GPs for the last five years and all they do is give me anti depressants which make me 100 times worse!!
    I'm convinced one of symptoms/products (whatever you call the bu**ers) is heightened anxiety.
    Sorry to move from OP's feelings. [​IMG]
     
  14. If you google 'powersurge' you get an american support website for menopause - its brilliant - there are women from all over the world discussing it and there is also a lot of specialist advice and information - anxiety symptoms are a really common thread.
     
  15. sarbon

    sarbon New commenter

    I am the OP and I have recieved some useful advice from others already so don't worry about my feelings, LOL!
    Can't offer advice re menopause as not reached it yet, but hope you get the help you need.
    geminiteach, I'm glad you're better now.
    Thanks all for advice.
     

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