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Anxiety is kicking my butt at the moment, possibly helped along by depression. I’ve been to my GP who prescribed valium, want to avoid that for as long as possible. On the wait list to see a counsellor. Have chatted to LifeLine, they only give ball park general advice as there’s not the time to convey my full situation and how I got here. So I’m looking to the MoMs community for tried and tested ‘home remedies’ that have worked for you. I know the breathing one and have recently found the tapping of pressure points. I figure the more I have, I can find what works best for me. Right now, walking is doing it, but that’s not great when I wake at 3am with raging anxiety.
Any suggestions welcomed as I’m really not coping with ????

Posted anonymously, 2nd May 2022

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  • I usually concentrate on a hobby when this happens. So I love painting mandala or building LEGO. It really depends on what works for you. Hope you kind find something that helps you soon! Sending positive vibes :)

  • I’m new to anxiety, I stopped caffeine for a few days and found my anxiety reduced. I’m not a big coffee or Coke etc drinker and I still noticed I was calmer. Then I went out and had a Pepsi. Back on the wagon of herbal teas and hoping it continues to help

  • Finding something to take your mind off it. For me that’s a shower or a phone call. Also I found natural anxiety balms help a lot.

  • I have diagnosed generalised anxiety disorder. Some things that help me are mindfulness, grounding, and listening to sounds of the rainforest at night to help me sleep. Make sure you are getting a little bit of fresh air and sunshine everyday and cut back on caffeine. The most important thing is to keep in touch with your doctor and let them know if things get worse. Good luck on your journey, it may take a while but you will find a coping strategy that helps.

  • Hi
    Self awareness and taking steps like speaking to your GP and getting a referral are awesome. Well done.
    I’m surprised valium was offered too but I’m not a GP.
    Personally, I found borrowing a dog and walking with a friend really helpful. The dog owner, bless her,
    would get up at 530 am to hand over the dog. Rain or shine, we went. I miss doing this so often now but I did a lot of miles when I needed too! All the best.

  • Jigsaws are calming to my daughter.

  • I find cross stitching helps alot with my anxiety. It gives me something to really focus on and I feel accomplished when I do complete a piece

  • Oh no you poor thing! Is it possible to do a evening yoga or meditation class? I would always have the best sleep afterwards and it really helped with releasing all the daily stresses

  • Anxiety sucks ! I found walking helps too, Have you considered getting a treadmill? That might help for the middle of the night if you feel the need to walk then. Try fb marketplace for a second hand one. Teas might help too. Even the ritual of making tea and the aroma – especially if it is a herbal tea can help to calm me. I try and nurture myself too by burning my favourite scented candle. Maybe look into meditating. That can be amazing. I haven’t tried yoga ….yet, It’s on my to do list. I hope you can find some strategies that work for you. Remember that the feelings will always pass. :)

  • Excercise everyday. Buy some little weights to use at home from kmart etc. They will make you feel like a strong, empowered, bada**. Ensure that you are eating fruit and vegetables regularly. Avoid caffeine overuse. Limited caffeine to before about 2pm. Limit added/processed sugar and processed foods. Avoid alcohol. Add lavender essential oil drops to your pillow. Do some stretches or yoga before bed. Go for a short walk everyday you can, don’t think of it as excercise think of it as enjoying nature and try to enjoy your surroundings. If your stuck over thinking draw, paint or write about how your feeling. Get sunshine daily if you can, lay on a towel in your yard etc and soak up some vitamin D in the early morning. Read positive affirmations. If you have trouble sleeping try blue lotus (blue lily) tea. Pray. Talk to God about whatever you are going through, you don’t need to be ‘religious’ to do this. Let go of your worries and have faith something greater is on the way.

  • Sorry you feel this way. Good that you got a referral for psychological help. I’m not sure if the valium prescribed by your GP is the best choice, and would think that Sertraline is a better option as it works both for anxiety and depression and has less negative side effects. Valium is also very addictive.
    As for what you could do yourself now I would focus on breathing techniques and grounding exercises
    Counting your breath. Sit quietly with your eyes closed or half open, clear your mind, and count your own breath without trying to change or control it. …
    Lengthen your exhale. Count as you breathe. …
    Breathe through alternate nostrils. …
    Once you find your breath, go through the following steps to help ground yourself:
    5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. …
    4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. …
    3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. …
    2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. …
    1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste.
    Have you thought at doodling as alternative for walking ? take it one thing at the time.
    Hope you get help soon !

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