never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
-- Bern Williams
The purpose of this page and related links are to offer you the option of many ways to deal with your
particular problem. You might want to try one of the items offered or you might want to try working several
at the same time. What ever you feel comfortable with. After all you know your fears * Anxieties * Stresses
better than anyone else in this world. I also feel drugs are not always the answer. You do need to read the
CAUTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY below.
I hope you find the tools you need here.
Email me PLEASE, if you need more help.
The largest group of people suffering from Anxiety and Depression are the elderly and people with incurable diseases. I also
found out that the most damaging side effects of Emphysema and COPD are Anxiety and Depression. The reason being that the
majority of the people with Anxiety and Depression are trying to adjust to to living with it. That is where the problem arises.
That's where Anxiety and Depression sneak in the back door and you never know you have these illness' until they have done
their damage. These illness' cause us to just give up and say anything to ourselves and others to justify our actions. While
at the same time we are loosing ground by ou lack of exercise, lack of energy and a general "I give up" attitude. The following
is a simple test you can take to determine if you have depression. If you answer yes to five or more of these questions and the symptoms have lasted more than two weeks you should consider consulting a DR.
1. Feeling of sadness or irritability
2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
3. Changes in weight or appetite
4. Changes in sleeping pattern
5. Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
6. inability to concentrate, remember things, or make decisions
7. Fatigue or loss of energy
8. Restlessness or decreased activity noticed by others
9. Thoughts of suicide or death
Anxiety and Depression arn't mental problems they
are illness' that can be treated and restore your productivity and self
One thing to remember, Emphysema and COPD are not death sentences but coupled with Anxiety and Depression, that is
untreated, can shorten your life. I can personally attest to that, I have all four and that is why I joined this group to save
what I can.. Take care, Cecil in ARK
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Links to help relieve Anxiety
Attempting control of anxiety and panic by one's
own methods of breath retraining should be thought of as a relaxation technique.
Anyone using the methods suggested here must assume full responsibility for him or herself.
This page is intended for educational purposes
only and should not
I will not be responsible in any way for your
use of this material.
If you have any Chronic Medical condition Check with your MD before attempted use.
15 Ways To Relax
techniques such as visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and deep
Exercise regularly, 20 minutes per day, three days per week. Exercise releases the "feel good" hormones into our blood stream,
lowers blood pressure, relaxes muscles and clears the mind.
Your attitude and the way you respond to stressful situations is important. You can choose to let something upset you or not.
You can use a positive attitude to get through a tough time.
Avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, caffeine, fats and sugars.
Know your stress signals. When you're feeling stressed, how does your body react? Does your pulse begin to race? Can you
feel your heart pounding? Pay attention to your body language and take steps to calm it down with deep breathing or leaving
Eat healthy. Maintaining your energy level and having the strength to keep your attitude positive and your stress under control
relies greatly on putting good fuel into your body.
Sleep is important for keeping stress away. When you're well-rested it's easier to focus, and you have the energy to accomplish
all that needs to be done.
Remember to mentally pat yourself on the back when you have accomplished something, no matter how small.
Don't waste your time and raise your stress level by reliving mistakes. Every mistake is a learning experience. Learn from it; then
Laughter is often the best remedy for stress. Find reasons to laugh. See a funny movie or visit a comedy club.
When you feel your temper rising, count to to 10. This will give you time to calm down and keep you from saying something you
might regret later. If 10 is not enough time to calm down, keep counting.
Sit in a hot tub or sauna.
Get a massage.
Enjoy the people in your life that make you happy. Make time to be with them.
Learn to recognize what you can control and what you can't. Work to let go of what you can't control.
RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE?
Stress manifests itself in a variety of physical ailments, including but, not limited to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory,
back and skin problems. But, some signs of stress can be made more obvious to the people we're with that to ourselves. Here
are some stress warning signs to watch for. If you recognize any of them, it's time to make changes---i.e., set priorities, get
organized, slow down, and seek professional help, if necessary.
13 Stress Warning Signs
* Exaggerating normal behaviors (e.g., hard workers turn into work-a-holicks; quiet people turn into loners.)
* Having sleep problems.
*Withdrawing from friends, family and colleagues.
*Working harder, but getting less done.
*Being afraid to make decisions.
*Feeling anxious (tense, nervous, jumpy, unable to relax.)
*Feeling hostile (anger at minor things.)
*Scapegoating blaming others, finding fault, being critical or hard to please.)
*Having other family members with stress problems (Stress is often contagious.)
*Having fewer stress free conversations with family and friends.
*Having fights "about everything and nothing."
*Sharing fewer satisfactions with family and friends.
*Denying that anything is the matter.
2 common ways to Create Stress
1. Always expecting that things will go wrong, rather than expecting that things will go right.
2. Always thinking that you have to do things, rather than thinking that you have a choice.
WHAT AMERICA DOES ABOUT STRESS
PULL THE PLUG ON STRESS
So, try tuning the bad news out for a week. To reduce stress,
simply turn off your TV and radio, and go easy on the news magazines
LAUGHTER HELPS US HEAL
Breathing balances mind and body:
Breathing for Balance:
With out breath we cease to live... Without conscious deep breathes especially in times of stress we cease to live with our
bodies in balance. Breathing is a key element to eliminating stress and restoring balance and lightness to our beings. My
mother's hospice nurse would always say remember to breathe... It was a simple suggestion with profound results.
When life is going well it is important to pause breath in the fresh air and the aroma of happiness and contentment. When
life is rough and uncomfortable, our breathing is a very useful tool to restoring balance. It is a simple way to quiet the mind
and meet the challenges that are facing us.
If you change your perception you change your experience. This is a lesson that has been very important for me to learn,
both in my personal and business life. When we are harried, wrapped in negative thoughts and the stresses of life it is
important to STOP. Take some time to breathe and change our perception, view things from a new prospective. Open to
what we are being shown. Don't judge things to be good or bad just look at what is occurring. Practice a moment of
detachment and breath. You may not like what is occurring but if you change your perspective you will change your
reaction and gain valuable insight into things that are happening in your life. When we tense we limit our breathing and our
bodies ability to deal with the physiological reactions that are brought on by negative thoughts. Head aches, increased
heart rate, stiffness and tightening of our muscles, adrenaline and other chemicals being released into our body, variations
in skin temperature with cold sweaty hands, or flushed faces. Breathing is fundamental to our existence. With awareness
we can increase our control of our Breathing, using it as a tool to help us in stressful situations.
Bellow are some breathing techniques that I have found very useful.
Sit with your feet flat on the floor with your shoulders down or stand with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
Take in as much air as you can through your nose. As soon as you have inhaled breathe all the air out through your nose.
Don't pause in-between breathes. Keep your breathing smooth, centered, and gentle. Let the air flow out of your body
don't force it. Continue this exercise for 20 breathes.
This breathing exercise is very helpful to calm and center you before making important decisions, facing emotional times,
or entering meetings that make you feel uncomfortable. Sit with your back straight, shoulders down and relaxed, and your
feet flat on the floor. Breathe in as much air as possible through your nose in a slow deep breath. Slowly exhale through
your nose. Count slowly to three and repeat the exercise six more times.
Sit with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. First take 5-6 deep breathes in through your nose and out through
your mouth. These should be deep belly breathes using your diaphragm. Cover your right nostril with your finger and
slowly breath in through your left nostril for a count of four. Hold for a count of 2 and switch your finger to the other
nostril. Slowly exhaling through the right nostril. Repeat this 5 times then repeat the deep breaths and then this exercise
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PD
1.) It does not matter if you feel frightened, bewildered, unreal or unsteady. These feelings are nothing more than an
exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.
2.) Just because you have these sensations does not mean you are very sick. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.
3.) Let your feelings come. They have been in charge of you, you have been pumping them up and making them acute.
Stop pumping. Do not turn away from panic. When you feel the panic mount, take a deep breath and, as you breath
out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Do not fight the feeling of panic. Accept
it. You can do it.
4.) Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you are in a street, lean against a post or
store wall. If you are at the cosmetics dept. store find a quieter counter or corner. If you are in a boutique, tell the salesperson you do not feel well and want to sit for a while. DO NOT jump into your car and go home in fear.
5.) Stop adding to your panic with frightening thoughts about what is happening and where it might lead. Do not
indulge in self pity and think, "Why can't I be like all the other normal people? Why do I have to go through all
this?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
6.)Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. DO not think,"Something terrible is going
to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself " I will not fall, faint, die or loose control."
7.)Now wait and give the fear time to pass. Do not run away. Others have found the strength. YOU WILL TOO.
Notice that you stop adding the frightening thoughts to your panic, the fear starts to fade away by itself.
8.) This is your opportunity to practice. Think of it that way. Even if you feel isolated in space, one of these days
you will not feel that way. Sometime soon, you will be able to go through the panic and say " I DID IT", Once
you say this, you will have gone a long way towards conquering fear. Think about the progress you will have made.
YOU ARE IN THE SITUATION!!!
9.) Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people on
the street , in the bus wherever you are. They are with you not against you.
10.) When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember,
each time you cope with panic, you reduce your fears.
This is a simple breathing exercise, to be practiced every day. It is useful in stressful situations, or when you feel
threatened, for it help you to remain calm, and to relax. It is presented in three easy steps. Start with the first
step, until you've mastered it. Then progress to the next step. Once you have reached the third step, you will
have learned the Calming Breath Technique.
Wear loose fitting attire, so that you are comfortable. Make sure that you can breathe through your nose. If you
have a cold, do not practice this exercise until you can breathe clearly.
Lie flat on your back. Put one hand on your stomach, and the other hand on your chest. Relax. Inhale so that the
hand on your stomach rises, while the hand on your chest is still. Exhale so that the hand on your stomach goes down
again, and the hand on your chest remains still. Repeat for 5 breaths. Now, when you inhale, breathe in so that the
hand on your chest rises, while the hand on your stomach is still. Exhale so that the hand on your chest goes down
again, while the hand on your stomach remains still. Repeat for 5 breaths. Alternate between stomach and chest
breathing for 5 minutes. Make sure you've mastered this step before moving on.
This step combines stomach and chest breathing into one breath. This is the Calming Breath. Lie flat on your back.
Put one hand on your stomach, and the other hand on your chest. Relax. Begin by stomach breathing. When you feel
you can't inhale any more in this manner, switch to chest breathing, until the upper part of your lungs are filled. Then
exhale by chest breathing first, progressing to stomach breathing so that you empty the lungs fully. Repeat for 5
minutes. Breathe slowly. If you feel dizzy, slow down, you are breathing too fast. If you are out of breath, you are
breathing too slowly. Listen to your own body's messages. If you are having difficulty distinguishing chest breathing
from stomach breathing, go back to Step One.
Stand or sit with your back straight.
Use the Calming Breath and follow this pattern. You will have to count the rhythm in your head. I will teach you the
rhythm 4-4-4. Count to 4 while inhaling, hold your breath and count to 4, then count to 4 while exhaling. Once you've
mastered this you may use a 4-4-4-4 rhythm is you prefer. It adds and extra step of holding your breath after exhaling
and counting to 4. Take care not to hold your breath too long. Again, listen to your body. Repeat for 5 minutes, or until
you are calm. Practice so that the Calming Breath becomes effortless, and inaudible. You should breathe no louder
than usual. Once you have mastered the technique, it should be invisible to the untrained eye, making it useful in
almost any situation.
More breathing techniques found here
"PRAYER FOR PANIC ATTACKS"
This morning, as soon as my mind woke up, I placed
myself in God's arms. The first thing, before I was barely awake,
I pictured myself climbing up into God's lap, and asking to be held, arms completely around me, embracing me wholly,
surrounding my entire body. I can feel myself being accepted without question into a safe place. God's arms reach around
me and cover my whole body. I feel comforted. I feel safe from anything and everything that is happening in the world. I
am immediately protected from all my fears and worries. I am in the safest place in the world. I relax there and feel the
protection, the unconditional acceptance. I go there to escape anything that I am worried about. I go there first thing in the
morning when I am feeling that the world is not a safe place. I go there when I am short of breath or having pain or
discomfort. He kisses my "owies" to make the hurt go away. I crawl up into God's lap like a small child gets into the
favorite family chair, oversized for the child, sinking deeply into the soft cushion comfort all around me. I am securely
enclosed in pillowy comfort. I feel like a child, secure from any expectations. I leave my adultness far behind somewhere,
and I have no expectations to figure anything out, nothing I must solve, no problems to fix, no important decisions to make.
I am comfortable and secure. God reassuringly embraces me all around my body, as the soft cushiony comfort engulfs
me. God gently reminds me that I can stay as long as I like. I feel the peace of being completely protected and taken care
of, and I stay as long as I like, in the comfort of knowing that he is mine and I am his.
THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER FOR BEING HERE FOR ME.
important steps to recovery are:
1. Knowing that you are not alone in your suffering,
2. There is a logical and understandable reason for Panic Disorder symptoms
3. Others have succeeded in recovering.
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"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." -- 2 Timothy 1:7
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