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We are not sick

Hi Sara,
 
No need to apologize for ranting. This is why we are here,  feel free to share and rant all you need to! After all communicating what you are going through helps you and others, we appreciate the insight.
 
Anyone else have any other thoughts on this topic?
 
 
Samantha, Health Educator
Sleeping problem - Tylenol to help me sleep?

Don and sunny123,
 
Thank you both for sharing what's worked for you, those are some great tips! Keep them coming. Rita remember that everybody is different, the key is to not give up, try a variety of tactics and see what works best for you. Here are a few more things to consider:
•Try to make the room you sleep in as quiet as possible. Consider ear plugs or a sleep mask.
•Try to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature - not too cold and not too hot.
•Try to get some exercise every day. You’ll feel better and sleep will come much quicker.

Members, does anyone have other tips or techniques for getting through sleeping difficulties?
 
 
Samantha, Health Educator
Did you know?

Dear members,

Did you know?
 
As you learn to love with yourself, you naturally get healthier. All the do’s and don’ts of health education can only build a house of straw unless love is the foundation. When you see love in operation in a relationship, you see trust, acceptance of the uniqueness of each person, understanding of differences, and forgiveness of failing. How do you think this relationship with yourself will help you? 
 
Samantha, Bilingual Health Educator
Myth or Fact

Members,
 
Myth: I am one of few people suffering from an anxiety disorder. 
Fact: Roughly, 40 million Americans are dealing with anxiety disorders.

Samantha- Bilingual Health Educator

The panic cycle

 

Members,

 

The basic idea of the Panic Cycle is that each component of anxiety and fear affects the other two. For example, our physical sensations affect our thoughts and our thoughts affect our behavior. All combinations are possible.

 

Sometimes the Panic Cycle is triggered by an outside event, sometimes not. Panic can also be set off by symptoms. Furthermore, being on the lookout for panic symptoms means we are more likely to notice even the slightest change in our bodies. The problem is that if you look for small changes such as an increase in heart rate, rapid breathing or skin temperature you’ll find them. It’s normal for our hearts to speed up when we walk or it’s hot outside. However, if you start looking to interpret every small change as the start of a panic attack, you’ll get the Panic Cycle going.

 

Do your symptoms bring about more anxiety?

Samantha, Bilingual Health Educator

Panic Attacks while I'm sleeping!

Hi Don,
 
I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing these terrible sleep disturbances. It may be possbile that you are experiencing  intense nightmares which are ultimately causing panick-attack symptoms. Whatever may be occuring, it is important you do your best to relax once you wake up and focus on bringing your breathing back to a normal rhythm. If this is causing you to be severely tired in the mornings perhaps sleeping with the night light or some background noise will help you feel rested.
 
Have you ever thought about starting a sleep journal, where you can take note of what happens?
 
Members, has anyone experienced panic attacks during their sleep? What have you done to prevent them?
 
 
Samantha, Health Educator
Driving over a bridge

Members,

Do you struggle with anxiety? Today we will be looking at sample exposure plans to help you overcome your fears.

If you fear driving over a bridge… 

  • Walk back & forth over a short bridge for 1 hour
  • Walk back & forth over a long bridge for 1 hour
  • Drive somewhere where you can park and watch cars go over the bridge for 1 hour
  • At a quiet time of day, go to the short bridge and drive back & forth on it for 1 hour.
  • Repeat the step above on a longer bridge
  • Repeat the step above on an even longer bridge
  • Repeat the fourth step at busier time of day
  • Repeat the fifth step at a busier time of day
  • Repeat the sixth step at a busier time of day
  • Drive over a specific bridge

Is driving over a bridge a fear of yours?

 

 

More on worrying

Members,

From an evolutionary perspective, worrying makes sense. Being able to worry, at least a little, allows us to anticipate and plan for the future and cope with stress. On the other hand, too much worry isn’t healthy either. If you spend a lot of your day worrying, it probably doesn’t do you a lot of good. Worrying about problems a little can lead to problem solving and coping, worrying more than a little doesn’t usually lead to much good. So why do some people worry more than others?

There are a number of factors that contribute to excessive worry including genes and the environment. Worry also tends to happen when things are uncertain.

When do you worry most? How has your upbringing shaped the degree of worry you experience?
 
Samantha, Bilingual Health Educator
What's on your mind?

Members,

Take the week-end to come up with questions or topics you would like us to discuss.  Although we have a search feature with lots of support and knowledge provided, perhaps there is something you wanted some more information about?

We are here to help and guide you, so let us know how we can assist you.  We can post the questions and topics, so that everyone has a chance to support and share.

If you wish to contact us directly, please do so via feedback.

Samantha, Bilingual Health Educator

The problem with avoidance 2

Hi Lance,
 
Below are ten questions you may find helpful in challenging your anxious thoughts:
The following ten questions will help you to challenge any anxious thoughts. When you have an anxious thought, answer some of these 10 questions:
1. Is it "true"?
2. How do I know it’s true?
3. Is it 100% true? (remember something that is 75% or 99% true is  
    not 100% true)
4. What's the evidence for it being true?
5. What’s the evidence against it being true?
6. Has it ever happened before?
7. What's different now?
8. If it were true, how bad would it really be?
9. What's the worst thing that could happen?
10. If the worst thing happened, how bad would it really be?


Please feel free to add any tips or strategies you find helpful when trying to challenge your anxious thoughts.

 

 

Samantha, Health Educator