I've had a moderate to severe anxiety disorder my whole life. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on how to live with anxiety and get past such thoughts/feelings. I currently take 4 meds for it. Some days, they work well. Some days, I'm a nervous wreck, but they say mental health is a roller coaster, so I assume that's consistent with what others experience.
Any hobbies/interests that can help with anxiety? I feel like if I were more social, some of the anxiety would go away, but I just generally don't like being around people much beyond my job (being painfully honest here). I love animals -- love my cats -- and also like relaxing with some tv. I've tried doing some meditative tapes I've found on youtube, but they don't help much in my opinion. Therapy hasn't helped at all.
Anyone use "alternative medicine" for anxiety? Marijuana? I've tried it and it doesn't do much of anything for me.
I feel like I'm a compulsive worrier and it's always something. It's the primary reason my marriage ended. My ex-husband said he thought I was "mentally unstable" and was "sick of my ---t." The check engine light is on on my car right now. It's all I presently think about, though hopefully I'll get a little break tonight if I make it home safe and can crash in front of the tv with some good food.
I just started going to a church for moral and spiritual support. It took everything I had to go there. But after a lot of research they seem like a very welcoming group. Honestly my anxiety manifests in very different ways from physical to mental. Physcially I'll either get up and pace or just sleep. I do have a stationary bike that seems to help with nervous energy. Mentally, I'm like you, I'm a worrier. I know that eventually it goes away however. I can be fine for the longest time mentally then be hit by something and do nothing but worry, but it passes. As hard as it might be for you, which it has been hard for me to leave the house due to a past trauma, I think would be worth it to put in the effort in place where you feel safe. For me that's church.