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Topic: Trying to find a balance during isolation

5 posts, 0 answered
  1. Twice lucky
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    31 March 2020

    Hi , I am new to this forum & find that my anxiety levels have skyrocketed over the last two days, my husband & I are both fit & health over 70’s. and are self isolating as directed.

    I am having trouble with the what if’s & last night I never slept at all, I feel nauseous & stirred up, I tried focusing on my breathing but still couldn’t sleep.

    any advise would be appreciated

  2. Soberlicious96
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    31 March 2020 in reply to Twice lucky

    Dear Twice Lucky,

    Welcome to Beyond Blue and well done for reaching out.

    I do believe that a lot of doctors are actually doing a lot more over-the-phone consultations so perhaps you could call your doctor's office and book in for a phone consultation, yeah? That way you can discuss what is happening for you, and still be safe in your home.

    The other thing is that there are many apps and sites online that can teach you/help you with meditation and relaxation techniques. I'm sure a Google search would bring up plenty of options.

    In the meantime, try to remind yourself to keep it simple; take each day as it comes, write a list of things to be grateful for. Write letters to your friends, family and Grandkids (if you have them). Do some gardening, or engage in a hobby. Ideal time in fact, to get really engrossed in a home-based hobby!

    And remember, you are not alone in this. We are all struggling and it's okay to be scared and sad about it. but maybe set yourself a time-limit for actually being scared and sad. You could say to yourself something like this: "Righto, this next single hour is the time I am going to allow myself to feel all the sadness and fear and anger. But then once the hour is over, I'm going to turn on the music and get out in the garden (or whatever your hobby or interest is) and be grateful for this day in my home, with my food, clothing and shelter and my loving partner."

    Anyway, I don't know if that helps, but I hope it does. Please do feel free to come back here as much as you like. Take care. I'll be thinking of you. xo

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  3. Twice lucky
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    31 March 2020 in reply to Soberlicious96

    Thank you for your reply Soberlicious 96"s ( love your name ).

    This forum has given me the opportunity to open up about my anxiety, hopefully I will relax & get some sleep tonight, if not sleep will come eventually.

    I have just returned from a nice walk in the local park, it was refreshing to get outside for awhile, my biggest problem is that during my working life I was in a managerial position and was always in control of everything, my intellect tells me that I have no control over what is happening now, but my thoughts go off on a tangent, I have always had a problem with letting things go, the perfectionist in me wants to have everything under control.

    Facing our mortality is one of my biggest fears, Caronavirus has put that right at the forefront owing to our age, I know the world is all feeling the same fear, limiting the time on TV & social media is important as this feeds our anxiety.

    Cheers

  4. Twice lucky
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    31 March 2020 in reply to Twice lucky

    Hi,

    I have just realised that my increased anxiety could well be caused by Rebound Insomnia, I have been tapering off my medication for a couple of weeks now and have just noticed this change in my anxiety, and Insomnia, has anybody got any suggestions as to how to manage this whilst I wait for things to improve.

    Cheers

    Twice Lucky

  5. Soberlicious96
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    Soberlicious96 avatar
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    7 April 2020 in reply to Twice lucky

    Hi Twice Lucky,

    I am wondering; have you been tapering off your medication on the advice of your doctor? Or was that by your own decision? Because if it wasn't on the advice of your doctor, then maybe it wasn't the best decision?

    I don't know, I really cannot advise you about medication at all, as I am definitely not qualified for that.

    What I can suggest is that if you haven't already, perhaps you could have another chat with your doctor about your insomnia.

    If it helps to know, you're not alone with the not being able to sleep properly. I am normally a great sleeper, but over Christmas I had a bit of a meltdown of sorts, and now again with this Coronavirus, I am not sleeping all that well, so I too have been taking a light sleeping tablet.

    Just remember; this WILL PASS. It won't be like this forever. Just do what you can with what you have and remember it will all be okay.

    Take care. I'll be thinking of you. xo

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