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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Despite following the techniques mentioned in the begining of this section, my breathing isn't improving lately. Today its not too great. I have the medication, but despite the directions dr doesn't wish for me to take it every 6 hours due to this being a 3rd addictive medication that i am now on. (oxy, and hydrocodone)

    Granted much is going on in my life that I have no control over, but this is so frustrating as it makes me feel so tired all the time.

    I can't focus on too much lately. Past few weeks my web templates have just sat and nothing has been accomplished on them.

    I could really use some addtional advice. Is there anything else that I can do here?

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    I think a while back you spoke of going for a drive or a walk -- getting out of the house or at least away by yourself for a bit. I suspect that would go a long way. At the moment, there is stress and tension associated with what is happening at home and I imagine that is at least part of the problem.

    Even at the best of times, I need periods when I just get away from everyone, all people -- periods of time (often short, like 15-20 minutes) where I don't have to listen to anyone else, talk to anyone else, or think about anyone else except me. That allows me to de-stress and restore myself so I can then go back and deal with it all again. And I don't just mean clients... I mean everyone, including my children.

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    I would love to go out, sit at a diner, etc right now, but we are under a state of emergency in NJ, not supposed to be on the roads. argh.

    I have made a few trips out this week to visit a friend at the law office. She seems to make my days a bit better. Its good to have a friend to turn to in real life occasionally. And last week, made it a point of going in every day.

    Kids, yes, its good to get away from them occasionally, but they can make me laugh, and Adam is pretty good at sensing how i am feeling, he always could for some reason.

    Yes, the stress of what is going on here is a bit much. I really didn't need this right now. And I am still very angry over it all. I guess, maybe I should deal with this anger as well, I'm sure trying to repress it isn't helping this any at all.

    A walk would be so welcome were it not so cold right now. Wind chill making things worse. (and those crazy eagle fans are out there tailgating in all of this??!!?)

    I guess I should just keep the breathing exercises up for now as that appears to be the only alternative till a bit of thaw comes this way. I would say that we got about 18 inches or more of snow outside.

    Thanks David. I appreciate your response, and I promise that I"ll get out this week when its safe to walk and drive.

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    This nasty storm sure mucked things up in a lot of places. I'm sorry where you live was one of them, Mom. Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon and you can get out and about. Like Dr. Baxter said, we all need downtime, even when things are going well.

    Hugs, hon. Hang in there.

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Ah yes... we are having similar weather. Two days ago, I woke up to hear that the high for that day was going to be -21... THE HIGH???!!!

    I'm sort of used to overnight temperatures that cold but when you know that's the best you're gonna get the whole day it's not like anyone wants to leap out of bed with a smile. My first thought was, "What kind of a country has a HIGH of -21? What the hell is our government thinking of?"

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Blech! -25?!? That sounds horrible! South Carolina might not be the intellectual capitol of the world but, at least, it doesn't ever get to be -25 degrees! I'm thankful for such small favors. ;o)

    Mom, do you have a hobby in which you could indulge yourself? Needlework, or something like that? I sometimes work on making Irish lace or one of my antique textile restoring projects when anxiety is a problem. I find it helps me by keeping my mind off my worries for awhile.

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Are you staying hydrated? I know it's probably a silly thought, but I have noticed that I feel better when I drink a proper amount of water. Lately I'm just living off of diet soda, hot chocolate and crackers and I feel horrible. Anyway,I hope things get better for you soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter
    My first thought was, "What kind of a country has a HIGH of -21? What the hell is our government thinking of?"
    :D Funny.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatLady
    South Carolina might not be the intellectual capitol of the world but, at least, it doesn't ever get to be -25 degrees! I'm thankful for such small favors. ;o)
    Also funny. :-D

    My husband spent the last year commuting to SC. I loved it in the winter, but oh it's so darn hot in the summer.

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Yeah, it can get really hot here in summer. Humid, too. But, we live in the western part of the state, in the foothills. It still gets hot here, but not like it gets in Columbia. The past few summers have really been quite pleasant, and our winters haven't been too bad, either. :o)

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Quote Originally Posted by janetr
    Are you staying hydrated?
    Does beer and coffee count? :o)

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    Difficulty controlling anxiety right now

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter
    Quote Originally Posted by janetr
    Are you staying hydrated?
    Does beer and coffee count? :o)
    Hmm, I'll have to think about that. LOL.

    I suppose if you filter the beer part and the coffee part out. Ha ha. :D

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