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Topic: Anxiety is new to me, what can i do? Any tips for sleeping?

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  1. mmm1234
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    16 January 2020

    Hi All, about one week ago i started feeling anxiety and its been up and down since. Mostly down. I have taken on a number of steps right away to help me through this, and found of it helpful:
    - I am self-employed and take a lot on, so i have delegated some of my workload to my staff

    - set parameters regarding use of work phone, emails after hours. This is my-time/ family-time. Work can wait till tomorrow.

    - exercise: more walks in the evening. I am also looking to join an outdoor fitness group.

    - yoga: i will start going today for my first time

    - breathing: although i find this doesn't help me too much. I am persisting as i believe it may take time

    - talking about it with family and experts. I am seeing a psychologist about it and had my first session yesterday which did help.

    This is all a new feeling for me, I have never come across this before. I am normally so strong, happy and positive. And its been a big shock to me to be feeling like this. I am still trying to work out what has caused or lead to this.

    My main issue is sleeping. I could not calm myself to go to sleep tonight. This occured a few days ago too. I lay in bed thinking, with a fear. Not really sure of what. I am tingly and nervous with shortness of breath. Sometimes i am thinking about nothing and i try to calm down, do breathing, and focus on the 'now' and whats happening but i still can't cope and calm down to eventually sleep. I also try and focus on the things i am putting into place in my life to change what i feel may have contributed to this feeling. ie my life action plan. Unfortunately this didn't really help last night.
    For anyone that is similar to me, what advice do you have to help go to sleep?

  2. white knight
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    16 January 2020 in reply to mmm1234

    Hi, welcome

    Yes, I have some advice here.

    It is best you chase up the following threads on this topic.

    Google

    beyondblue topic a good nights deep sleep or click

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/a-good-nights-deep-sleep---sleep-apnea-and-cpap#qn5QwHHzvGGEbv8AAOnT_A

    Beyondblue topic anxiety, how I eliminated it or click

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/anxiety/anxiety-how-l-eliminated-it#qlxUz3HzvGGEbv8AAOnT_A This one has some relaxation techniques that really do work.

    TonyWK

  3. blondguy
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    17 January 2020 in reply to white knight

    Hi MMM1234

    Welcome too! and thankyou for having the courage to write this thread too

    I understand what you are going through as a quality sleep can be hard to get when we have a lot on our mind. These are just a few tips that I have found helpful when I used to have bad anxiety

    • Mobile phones...best switched off to avoid any anticipatory thoughts about a possible incoming call
    • Our television can also over stimulate our thinking before bed.....movies...fast frame rates etc
    • Eating too late in the evening just makes our system work harder thus preventing a good sleep
    • Unresolved personal or family issues can sometimes prevent a quality sleep

    TonyWK has mentioned effective links above that are very helpful to your sleep above

    There is also a great thread on sleep....Its huge.....yet very helpful!

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/sleep

    The forums are a safe and non judgemental place for you to post MMM1234

    I do hope you can post back if and when you wish!

    Paul

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