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belladonna
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I know this is primarily a sex ed board but I wondered if anyone on the boards has any tips for dealing with anxiety? In the last couple of years, I feel like I've increasingly become anxious about certain things, most especially my job security. I worry about things that I can't really control (such as my work visa, contract renewal, etc.) and obsess about the What Ifs until it really starts affecting me and others. I talk to my boyfriend and friends about my worries a lot, and they are very kind and they do listen... but there is only so much they can say before I start all over again. I seem to never take stock in the positive things they tell me, because I always think they are just saying things to make me feel better or don't really know what they are talking about. [Frown] I have been trying very hard to break this cycle, but it has really been tough for me.

I should probably seek therapy or talk to a counselor, but at the moment I am struggling with my finances and can't really afford to do so. I just feel like I've made a mess of my life in the past year or two. What should I do to get back on track?

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Hey, I think I can relate.

I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder earlier this year, and ever since I can remember, I've had high anxiety. It sucks, and when it's at its worst, it affects my friends and boyfriend and makes me generally unpleasant.

While I do see a counselor, I don't go as often as I probably could, and my anxieties flair up frequently enough that I need to find an outlet. I have a few friends who don't spend a lot of time near me (I'm at uni, they live far away) and don't know any of my friends at uni/aren't familiar with most of my problems here. I've realised that talking to these people really helps because they can give me a sort of outside perspective, much like a counselor could. It's refreshing. Do you have someone in your life who can do that for you? If not, we can definitely help you over here if you're comfortable.

Additionally, do you have activities that can take stress away? Sometimes doing something relatively mindless (washing dishes, walking a dog, tidying up) can help alleviate stress. Exercise is fantastic, too. I've been going to the gym most mornings, and that's helped me a lot.

hope that helped a bit!

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Thanks so much for your response! I was away for the weekend... but thought I would check back on this thread since those feelings were creeping up on me again.

I know what you mean when you say the anxiety affects your friends and boyfriend. I do have friends who have been great to talk to, but I feel like they are growing tired of hearing me harp on the same old fears. I can't blame them... I KNOW I have a problem.

I do have activities to try and take my mind off things, but inevitably the thoughts pop up in my quiet moments. [Frown] Maybe I'll try more exercise and hope that helps.

Again, thanks so much for posting!

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Glad to help!
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I have anxiety too! I love knitting and going on walks. Basic stuff. I want to try more exercise as well. A therapist would certainly have even better ideas, but I understand if it's difficult to find one due to finances..do you have a library where you can check out some self-help books about anxiety? Googlebooks has a lot as well!
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