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Sonia - Health Educator
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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Your Back: Gently arch your back to tense the muscles of your lower back. If you have lower back problems skip this part. Hold for a count of 10 then relax for a count of 20.

Your Chest and Stomach
Take a deep breath and tense all of the muscles of your chest and stomach. Hold for a count of 10 then breath out and relax to a count of 20. Repeat.

Your Shoulders
Try to touch your ears with your shoulders to tense the muscles of your shoulders. Squeeze the muscles for a count of 10 then relax for a count of 20. Repeat.

Stretch your upper arms backwards, as if you were trying to touch your shoulder blades together. Hold for a count of 10 then relax for a count of 20. Repeat.

 
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New Health Educator - Sonia

Good afternoon members!
 
I'm really looking forward to meeting you all :)
 
Thanks for the introduction, Ashley!
 
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Penny for your thoughts?

Interesting responses, everyone...seems like thoughts and concerns about the daily grind touch us all.
 
Would anyone like to share any helpful coping activities or tools they like to use when their mind starts to wander to anxiety-oriented thoughts?
 
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Regrets Only

Thanks for sharing, Hugs4u and Cerrydwyn!
 
Certainly, sometimes it's hard to foresee how life decisons will impact us down the road. Tough outcomes can make it challenging not to let ourselves get down about a decision.
 
How do you think you've grown as people as a result of having learned through these experiences? 
 
Would anyone like to share an opportunity they took in the past that turned out to be much more helpful or positive than they first expected?
 
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New & Scared, Hopeful

Hi billetdoux!
 
Welcome to the boards.  We appreciate that you took the time to share your story with us. We're here to support you!
 
It sounds like you experience quite a few physical symptoms when your panic attacks are triggered. Have you tried using some relaxation or visualization techniques when this happens? In addition, you could use the techniques suggested in the program. Let us know if this works for you...
 
Hang in there!
 
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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Hi Hugs4u,
 
Thanks for the welcome!
 
I'm sure you could find a video tutorial online for the relaxation techniques. Have you tried searching on Google? Let us know how this goes!
 
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Forgiveness and the burden of toxicity which accompanies not learning to forgive

Great input about forgiveness, hugs4U and Davit! Members, how do you go about forgiving others? Do you also consider intent as Davit says? Alternatively, can you share some other strategies that help you let go of painful situations and forgive?
 
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
 
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Coping with Workplace bullying

Hi Hugs,
 
You touched on acting out of fear -- what if anything can prevent us from acting out of fear? Are there any thought processes that you use to control fear from directing your actions? Members, any thoughts?
 
Davit - I like your insight: "Nothing is ever for nothing"! What a nice way to keep things in perspective.
 
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Welcome to my world

Hi hugs4U,

Since you say you'll have to go back for the tweaking, will you be rewarding yourself for making the trip again? If so, what kinds of things will you be using to reward yourself?

Sonia
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Tip of the Day

Davit,

That's right! Coping skills will come more naturally the more you use them. 

Nice comparison with making bread...you really captured the idea well!

Sonia