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Hi everyone! I've posted on here a few times about severe anxiety, hypochondriasis, panic disorder and chronic physicsl symptoms.
It has been a huge, huge struggle and I thought I would never get over this. I refuse to take medication for a few reasons. One being that I have taken a few SSRI's and they have made me feel terrible and another being that I don't believe they make anxiety better they just mask it. That's just me personally.
Anyway, I have learnt that breathing does help. It really, really does. Just lying down, getting comfortable and just breathing in through the nose for 4 seconds, holding it for 4 seconds and breathing out though the mouth for 4 seconds. I do this for 30-60 seconds. I do sometimes feel a little lightheaded afterwards, in that case I just gradually stop taking as deep breaths. Afterwards, I sit up slowly and I feel very calm and have no anxiety, no negative or irrational thoughts and no horrible symptoms. I felt normal (which did feel strange having not felt normal for so long) This is because my body has oxygen pumping round again, this is why I experiencw horrid symptoms in the first place.
I seriously advise anyone suffering from horrid anxiety to try this and see the results. You have to focus solely on your breathing though and you have to do it for at least a minute to give your body enough time to regulate the oxygen around the body. So all these symptoms stressing you out (like they do me being a hypochondriac and all) they're because you are defying your body of oxygen when you breathe shallow.
I hope this helps people. a lot of people have helped me on here and I would like to do the same. I sure have a long way to go to completely overcome this, but i feel more in control now I know how to beat it.
We WILL NOT let anxiety control us. We are in charge here, not anxiety. - be kind to yourself, look after yourself. Sleep well, eat well and be kind to yourself
Take care everyone xxx
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