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Topic: Feeling overwhelmed

11 posts, 0 answered
  1. Nightwing81
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    22 March 2021

    Hi all!
    Woke up this morning feeling a bit overwhelmed. Knowing that my mum is going back to see the oncologist on Thursday always makes me anxious.
    Im also trying to drastically change my lifestyle to benefit my mental health. All this stuff makes me anxious.
    I was wondering what you all do when you feel overwhelmed?
  2. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    22 March 2021 in reply to Nightwing81

    Hi there :)

    Roll myself up in a blanket burrito? This is not always practical but sometimes it's pretty nice.

    If anxiety comes on strong there are things you can do in the moment, like pause, put your hand on your belly and take some nice slow deep breaths in and out, feeling your belly rise and fall, just concentrating on your breath, and turning off your thoughts for a bit. That's pretty good. You could also take 5 and do a meditation. You can download an app for this. There's some great ones, and a few minutes is all you need.

    There are also things you can do more regularly to help with anxiety - yoga, meditation, exercise, journalling - these are all helpful.

    Not sure if that's the sort of thing you're asking, but happy to chat more.

    Katy

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  3. geoff
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    23 March 2021 in reply to Nightwing81
    Hello Nightwing how you are feeling is understandable and we are deeply sorry for you but the news maybe good or better than expected, we certainly have our fingers and please let us know.

    Geoff.
  4. Nightwing81
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    24 March 2021 in reply to Katyonthehamsterwheel

    Hi Katy!

    I have been exercising with a personal trainer for a while and that's been good. I've tried meditation but i find it hard to switch off and concentrate since my mind never rests. i'll give the breathing exercise a go.

    Thanks for the advice!

  5. Nightwing81
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    25 March 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff

    My mum went to the hospital today and they said it has grown a little bit. She has been fighting this for a few years now, this the second time its come back. They cant give her more treatment because it will do more damage than good. I am a little relieved that i know than not knowing, that's what makes me anxious.

    Thanks for the support!

  6. Missing user
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    26 March 2021 in reply to Nightwing81

    Hey Nightwing81, welcome.

    I'm sorry to hear this, I hope you and your Mum are ok. Thinking of you.

  7. Nightwing81
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    30 March 2021 in reply to Missing user

    Hi mb20lover

    thanks for the support i appreciate it. I'm ok and so is my mum. thanks again.

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  8. Missing user
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    31 March 2021 in reply to Nightwing81
    You're welcome. Glad to hear you're both ok. I'm here if you need someone.
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  9. Willow Jude
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    6 April 2021 in reply to Nightwing81

    Hi Nightwing81

    I'm sorry to hear things are tough for you right now.

    When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I like to reach out to my friends for a chat, or I try to focus on a calming or enjoyable song, TV show, etc.

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  10. geoff
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    7 April 2021 in reply to Nightwing81

    Hello Nightwing, it's still very sad to know the outcome and wonder if there is any other therapy that would benefit your mum.

    Can I ask how this is going to affect you and what you're able to achieve yourself, not an easy question to answer, I'm sorry.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

  11. Nightwing81
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    7 April 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi geoff

    I guess its already affecting me since i can never stop thinking about it. When its time for her to go for a check up i get anxious. My stomach feels sick, i cant eat properly and i start to panic. i have accepted the fact that it always wasn't going to be good news all the time.

    i'm just taking it one day at a time.

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