“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.” – Einstein
Good morning! It sounds like you are struggling with readjusting to your medication.
Hi. Well I've been ok on it for 2 1/2 years :)
And now it sounds like your anxiety is getting amp'd up and you are worried about this becoming a new cycle?
I believe you are on the right track in just taking it day by day. Maybe you would benefit from keeping a journal to track if there are certain things triggering your anxiety...
Anxiety has a funny way of keeping itself going in the strangest ways... and one of the best things you can do is just recognize it, honor it, and give it space to work its way through.
That's the thing...I don't really have anything triggering it other than normal everyday stress....kids, family, work, activities, bills, etc
If you have a history of anxiety taking over... the mere symptoms of anxiety can be enough to get it going again...
Even little things related to your kids, bills, etc. can trigger a body memory which can get it going
oh, ok. That must be what's happening then. Should I just deal till I get over this spell or up my meds? I really don't want to or think I need to, but I was given the option. I just don't like the spacey, unreal feeling. That seems to be what's left since my little attack.
I have felt great for so long, it's weird to feel crappy!
I believe that we each know ourselves best... and you will know if/when you feel you need to up your meds... Just knowing it is an option can be enough to help you through the difficult times...
Anxiety doesn't like to feel like it is backed into a corner... so keeping your options open can be a beautiful thing.
It can be scary when old, uncomfortable feelings resurface after a nice spell of feeling better.
I pretty much just have to push through it and hopefully it will go away again?
You can try simple strategies like "grounding" strategies to keep you in the here and now when you get triggered... and with each time you are able to do this... it should get easier.
Are you familiar with grounding strategies?
What are "grounding strategies"? Is the spacey feeling part of the anxiety lingering?
Yes - spacey feelings can be part of anxiety...
Grounding strategies are mental/physical strategies to help you get out of your head/body and back into the present...
oh ok. That's what I've been trying to do :)
Some examples include focusing on things around you in the moment... naming colors, shapes, sounds... or in seeking out calming scents, soothing sensations (hands under running water), and breathing into the moment...
see... you already are your own best support :)
Thanks :) I will try these techniques and hope for the best. I need to feel better for my hubby and kids!
And most importantly, you need to feel better for you! Best of luck to you and yours!