For the longest time I was overwhelmed by anxiety and worry. I'd worry when the heat turned on that we couldn't afford to pay for it even though we could. I'd worry about going to the store to buy things we couldn't live without. It was ugly.
Things have improved for the better though. It happened almost overnight. Now that I look back on it I attribute it to having the correct treatment plan. For me this meant a few different things:
- The right meds. I have thyroid problems that complicate my PTSD and I know when my meds need adjusted. Getting to the doctor and having the necessary blood work done is an important part of maintaining my PTSD. I've also been cycling through different psych meds trying to find something that works and I *think* we've finally managed to do that too.
- Keeping busy. I was spending way too much time doing nothing but crafts. Now please don't get me wrong, I love the crafts that I do but they get boring after a while when that's all I was doing. I've gone back to working part time and that's helped. I know some people won't understand this but for me it is key.
- Reducing caffeine. I was drinking 5 cups of soda a day. This was definitely leaving me feel the jitters and all worked up inside. While many people live off of caffeine I've found that my body notices when the smallest things are wrong with it. I hadn't given much thought to this until I decided that my caffeine intake was ridiculous and that I needed water. A few days later my anxiety slowed down.
- Affirmations. I'm one who needs to see things in a concrete fashion. I need to prove to myself that things will be okay then I need to keep telling myself that they'll be okay. This is where affirmations come in. Instead of worrying about something like money I'll tell myself we have enough money.
Clearly there are a lot of different aspects that go into this but the importance of the correct treatment plan isn't something that should be overlooked. Here's hoping that you'll find what works for you in creating a healthy lifestyle and lessening the anxiety we're all feeling these days.