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Does anyone reading this have some good tips for dealing with anxiety? I've never been like this before but the past two weeks I have been "butterfly stomached" and generally not having very much of an appetite. I think that it stems mostly from a number of things being "up in the air".

We close on our new house on Tuesday (which is surreal) and there is so much to do for the move; and we're constantly waiting for the "next" step to finish in the loan process. So, I'm always worried about the approval process and all the things outside of our control that can wreck things.

Also, there is the book which is getting closer to being published. When I think about that I get even more anxious. It's like stage fright - some fear of scrutiny - which is wierd because I am on the radio all the time and have never had a problem with that. What if no one buys it? Or worse, they buy it and hate it? In that same vein, hub_ on PGO linked to my Tomboy++ miniproject. When I saw my name on PGO, all the blood rushed to my head and I felt dizzy. Again, that stage fright. It's not hub_'s fault, though.

School is starting back up next month and I need to get registered for classes.

There is one other thing still up in the air which I can't really mention. All of these taken together add up to more stress than I am used to managing. Any tips would be welcome.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
From Sandy
My thoughts: No worries. "GNOME is people".

So someone I care about and respect who has dealt with anxiety quite a bit had the following to say:

"Some things that make sense about dealing with anxiety:

If you are anxious about things being "up in the air," there are two
non-anxious ways to deal with it. If there is something that you can
change, you don't have to be anxious anymore because there is
something you can do. If you can't change anything about the
situation, then getting anxious is useless - the problem has to
resolve itself.

Live in the moment, not the future. Life is like a wave, and
everything happens in its own time. You can't get to the end of the
wave before it's finished peaking. Focus on your existence, right
now, and become grounded in the moment. Breathe in and out slowly and
focus only on your breath - push all other thoughts out until you feel
normal again.

Do something nice for someone else. This breaks up the cycle of
anxiety and it makes you feel good. It also helps you not be so
focused on what's going to happen to YOU. Being with someone who
makes you laugh a lot is good too.

I hope this helps. It's what I try to remember when I'm feeling
overwhelmed."
murraycu
Jul. 28th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
Go for a run
Go for a long run.
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