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Old 11-09-2012, 06:27 PM
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Major Panic/Anxiety

I have bitten my nails down so far it hurts....I feel outta control anxious, not sure I can do this I should be happy ...right? I am one of those people who likes to self sabotage , why am I.like this? Not going to drink but have tried everything to calm down....ughhh!!
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Thank God I don't have any wine in the house cuz I am ready to cave in!
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Try to keep yourself occupied doing something fun and relaxing for the night. Play a game online or watch a movie. We're here for you. What are you anxious about anyway?
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Don't pick up a drink. It will make it all worse. What's on your mind that is making you feeling crazy right now?
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Several things...I can't pinpoint it exactly....but I am.a nervous wreck!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:44 PM
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Sorry you're having a rough spot right now. Can you identify the thoughts behind your anxiety? My experience is that I tend to overwhelm myself by dwelling on the negative and/or taking on too much. I had to figure out a way to let go of stuff if I wanted to stay sober (and sane)..... I found that mindfulness really helped, and just trying to stay in the moment.

If it's more than just a bad day or two, you might want to think about talking to someone, too. Just don't drink....... it only adds to our misery. I hope you feel better!
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Originally Posted by lilgolden73 View Post
I should be happy ...right?
First thought: why should you be happy? I am working on accepting my feelings and not judging myself. It is normal to not always be happy. I tell myself it's ok. Just feel what you feel.
Second thought: how long have you been sober? Anxiety is a typical part of PAWS; it's to be expected. What coping techniques have you tried to deal with it? I find meditation and breathing to be somewhat helpful. Others exercise. Or sometimes dealing with what is making me anxious helps. For ex., I get anxious when I have a lot to do. Sometimes, just making a list gets it out of my mind and onto paper. It is my natural instinct (and perhaps talent) to completely put obligations out of my mind. Unfortunately, that doesn't make them go away and contributes to my negative feelings.
Sooo...take a moment, try to deep breathe, and try to do one thing to alleviate the anxiety.
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I have many issues....I just want to calm down....I am a mess!
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drinking water and a long hot bath or shower can help me sometimes....
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I am.headed to the tub in a sec...hope it helps!
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lola - sorry your feeling so anxious. Please don't drink, maybe take a walk or like caldus suggested play a game? Solitaire on the computer helps me
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Lola,
Drinking will only make it worse and you'll be so disappointed tomorrow. You mentioned you had a stressful day at work the other day, I believe a patient died? Do you think that is catching up with you?

You're almost through today.....can you go to bed early? The weather is going to be beautiful this week end.....get some fresh air and exercise....it might help
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I think your right! I am going to bed shortly...hate this
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I found sobriety, sanity and serenity in Alcoholics Anonymous.

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I need more than just AA lol......I am a hot mess!
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Get some rest - tomorrow is a new day BTW, this lady is a hot mess too ( hormones!) - so I turn my ceiling fan on low
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Yea I have now from my amend call I can barely breath
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Its awful !!!
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Pond you are funny...I thought we were the same age...I hope that doesn't hit me now on top of everything else!!
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:34 PM
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LOL - yeah...not so much fun! I just posted a thread titled paws - I think I have this problem...... feeling so negative - ugh! We'll be two peas in a pod - you anxious and me negative......thankfully we're both SOBER!!!!!
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