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I agree with you both that the underlying cause may be what is going on. I tend to only watch the news when I need to, like for elections or when DH gives me a heads up that something is going on that I should pay attention to, because otherwise I watch too much and I over worry when there is nothing I can do. I pay attention at election times and to when certain things happen so I know who I want to vote for, and of course I want to not have my head in the sand, but at the same time, I have to protect my sanity, if you know what I mean. With how much this is impacting everything, staying informed is best and while it is nerve wracking, and anxiety inducing to anyone, it's a must.

I made a happy find while cleaning/decluttering under my bathroom sink, some isopropyl alcohol, just one bottle. So I can use it along with some cloths to make sani-wipes that I can wash and reuse, or buy some aloe vera gel and make my own hand sanitizer. Don't know which I'll do. Yes, they bought all of it before I could get even one. No toilet paper, no paper towels, no dish soaps, no hand soaps, where are these people hoarding all this stuff? And what about those of us who are desperately going to need it soon?

well, my SDiT is telling me to calm down, so I'm going to pet her for a while and do just that.

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Laura, yes, I think it is going around. Surprisingly, my OCD hasn't been much worse than normal, but my generalized anxiety is sky-high sometimes. I think I watch the news too much. Also, I have strong opinions about how the pandemic should be handled and it's causing me a lot of anxiety that I am helpless to change what is happening. I've emailed one senator, one congressman, and the President, so I guess that's all I can do.

Stay safe, everyone, and do something kind for yourselves today. I might watch a happy movie.

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Must be going around. My anxiety has been up lately as well. I think the underlying cause is everything that is going on in the world/country. I like to watch the news to keep informed and updated but on the other side of that coin is it doesn't help my anxiety,

It would probably help if people would follow the stay at home order and quit acting like it's a vacation.

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Karri, I'm sorry you had a rough day with anxiety. Some days are like that - I often wonder why I'll have a bad anxiety day with no obvious reason.

I'm glad you had a great family dinner and Congrats on your new car!!
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Hugs back and to all too emoticon emoticon

It has been a rough anxiety day for me, I'm not sure why today was different, I got more sleep than usual, I got a wonderful anniversary gift from DH (new to me car, I go pick it up on Friday, they are fixing the AC, it wasn't working) We had a great family dinner... But I'm feeling so much anxiety. My BFF said it may be that everything is finally catching up with me (all the staying at home when I had just gotten used to going out again).

Hope you all are staying healthy!

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Thanks for the hugs. I need them, as I'm not having a good day, either. Big Hugs back to you.
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My husband would love that recipe!! I'll get the ingredients on my next food order! (I have salsa already, but not the cream cheese or black beans).
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Exactly!

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That sounds good. I might have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

Hubby is going to the store after work to pick up a few more things in case we get more homebound. I might have to add salsa to the list. I already have black beans in the pantry, although it never hurt to have some back-up cans.



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Since many cannot go out, I thought sharing 2 ingredient recipes would be helpful. Items already in our pantry.

I am sharing a recipe I have made twice so far that I found on YouTube.

Mix softened cream cheese with salsa.

Dip whatever you want! Tortilla chips, vegetables, potato chips, crackers, etc.

I even threw in a can of black beans.

I hope you like.


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Karri, thanks for the information about Life Straws (and other brands). I was not familiar with them, but will check online today.

I'm so glad you found a place that will get your root canal done next week. My dentist is still working - I have an appointment next month - but I did see yesterday that the American Dental Association has advised all dentists to postpone elective procedures, including routine checkups. It's good your kids and you are getting your appointments done before they really may have to shut down or limit their practices.

It's smart that your PT place is sanitizing everything. That should go a long way toward keeping people who go there well.

I can understand your concern about visiting your neighbor, Bill. My mother-in-law is 91, too, and my husband has to see her to bring her groceries and medications, but we're trying to keep her at her home as much as possible. She had a routine check-up at one of her doctors, which we postponed because she's doing well and we worried about her being in the waiting room with sick people.

I hope your Grandma stays safe and healthy.

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Miller, so glad your DH got some necessities!! One thing you can do for your well water (I grew up with well water, so know what you mean!) is by one of the Life Straws, or one of the other brands that doses the same thing. they have ones that you can use to pump water from a body of water into a container of some sort and it purifies it. The can even make muddy water purified! I'd look on Amazon and see if they still have any. I'm thinking about buying some myself. They aren't too expensive, or they weren't. Price gouging might have made them a little more pricey.

My dentist canceled on me, but I found a place willing to just go ahead and do the whole shebang next Tuesday, and I'm so happy I did!! My kids have regular dentist appointments today for cavities, so I know that what the other dentist told me about the Dental Association saying emergencies only was a big fat lie and they are just scared. I don't blame them, but it has not made it's way, as far as the models show, to our small town yet. At least none reported.

I am going to go ahead with PT, I asked DH about it and he said to do it. When I went they were super serious about sanitizing everything after every use. They had two ladies that came behind every person and sanitizes the machines and bars and everything.

My neighbor Bill finally got some toilet paper, bless him. He's lonely and wants me to come visit, but I don't want to be the one to bring some germ in, I've been going out to appointments and such. Right now the only people visiting him are his grandson and his nurse. I wish I could visit with him, I enjoy his company very much, but I just want to be cautious.He is 91 after all. I'm worried for Grandma too, she is 91 as well, and we just saw her, and we won't be able to go see her again till this dies down completely and that is going to take quite a while, according to the numbers.

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LAURA, it's great you do big batch cooking - that way, you're always prepared!!


KARRI, I believe you are right about rubbing the magazine pages to make it softer. Thanks for the tip!! I think when my mother used Sear's catalogs growing up, they weren't the glossy kind, but just the plain old-fashioned soft paper ones. Luckily, my husband found some toilet tissue last night. He came home with a big package of Charmin, some paper towels and bottled water (our well water has problems according to the County so we use gallons of water and bottled water, too). We need to get it fixed. *I'm glad your DH can work remotely. *I hope your PT appointment went well and I hope your tooth gets taken care of ASAP. I have four root canals and they got rid of my pain.



I've been trying not to watch so much TV news the last day or so. I was glued to it there for a while, but am now trying to find more pleasant things to watch. I still check in on our local news website and occasionally switch over to a national news channel, but mostly am trying not to be inundated by hours of news. I'm also reading a lot, which I've always loved, and got more exercise yesterday than usual.

Hoping for brighter days ahead for all. Take care. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Miller, I was told the key to using a magazine paper is to rub it together really fast, friction makes it soft. Hopefully it won't come to that and in a few days people will remember that we make toilet paper in the USA (Charmin, for example!!) and it will be available. In the meanwhile, maybe order some from Amazon? Just be wary of price gouging, if it is too expensive, report it!

LAKENDAL, I agree, it is a good excuse to stay home. They closed the schools here, but are doing online school, the kids all have iPads. DH is working remote, so he will be home too, and that is a huge relief as he works really close to where the outbreak here in GA started with the guy that came back from Italy!! I'm so scared of him catching it!

I do have a physical therapy appointment tomorrow, but I'm going to cancel all the ones after that, the no-show fee is ridiculous if I don't go, and I'm one of the first people there, so things will be sanitary. It has not reached my small town yet, or so the CDC maps say.... But I worry. I am however going to my dental appointment, I have to get this tooth taken care of (either pulled - it is a very far back tooth - or root canal) because it is hurting constantly. I can't stand a whole month or three of this pain!! My therapist's office just sent out a notice that we will be doing tele-conference style appointments from now till this is over, and I'm okay with that. There is no way to sanitize between every client.

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I'm doing ok. I have concerns but I'm not letting them get the better of me. The toilet paper thing is just crazy. Luckily I have some. I did buy some cheap stuff from family dollar just in case since my local grocery store is out, but I think we will be ok. This gives people like me with anxiety issues and excuse to stay home.

I'm in Michigan and they have closed the schools down here. I do worry about people from downstate coming up north to my little town to get away from it all and bringing it with them. For now I'm avoiding going to the store. I have plenty of food in the freezer if things get too bad. Benefits of big batch cooking.

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KARRI, I hope your anxiety gets better. It's good you're planning on some self care. That is so important.

My anxiety has been up, too. We can't find things we need from the grocery store or warehouse store. We're not trying to stock up, either, but just trying to get what we need to feed and care for ourselves for the week (toilet tissue!). It's stressing me out. I'm trying to tell myself everything is okay. I remember my mother talking about using pages from old Sears catalogs instead of toilet paper when she was growing up (on the farm they had an outhouse and no indoor plumbing) and I remember polio from when I was a child. We made it through all that and we'll make it through this, too. Human beings are resourceful and sometimes adversity brings out the best in us, so I hope it's so in this case.

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How is everyone doing? I hope well enough with the state of things. I know it has sent my anxiety up worse than normal. I went grocery shopping and it was just awful, I wasn't there to stock up, I was there to get my normal groceries and whole aisles were just empty! We got what we could and ended up stocking up on some things just because we couldn't find other things, and I wouldn't really call it stocking up, more like I need to feed my family so I'm going to get more of this so that I can have some options for meal plans. Sigh. And I had forgotten my anxiety meds, so I was a wreck by the time we got home. Can you believe people were stocking up on dog food too?

Anyway, I've been in avoidance mode of my sewing and I don't know why, so I've set aside some time today to work on cleaning and working on my craft room/office and to get creative and sew some. I'm going to work on my 2nd apron pocket. I think my next apron is going to be more functional than decorative. This is going to be a pretty apron to wear when I'm serving dinner, but not very functional, the pockets are just too small, I like pockets I can use, vs ones that just look pretty. Hopefully I can do some more self care today to help me with my anxiety. Maybe paint or meditate, definitely work out and get my before bed routine worked on so I have a more solid plan in place.

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The stream of conscious writing can bring up a lot if you get into it, or nothing if you don't. I varies from day to day for me. Some days I'm focused on my creative stuff I have going on and that is all I write about, sometimes it is more of a grouch session, and that is okay too, get those feelings out is what the author of the book The Artist Way would say! Some people set a timer, the author of this book wants 3 whole pages. I have not done it every day, life gets in the way, but I do at least a little every day.

Been really anxious today and yesterday. Taking my full med amount and I don't normally have to do that, I've been tapering off, but it's been bad.

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Thanks I'll have to try that next time.

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Laura, it's good the close space of an MRI makes you feel comforted instead of stressed. I understand about the injections. I've had many in my right knee (before replacement) and even one in my left hip before replacement. Thankfully, they don't bother me too much. My eldest sister taught me a little trick when I was a child and was scared of shots or the dentist. She said if something was going to hurt, that I should press my thumbnail into the pad of my index finger - and as the pain increased, press my thumbnail in even more. Doing that has helped me through so many procedures over the years. That little bit of pain from my thumbnail pressing into my finger is a pain that gets my mind off the "bigger" pain, plus I can control it and it makes me feel in charge. Sounds silly, but it works.
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Karri I'm doing ok. LIttle anxious a few days ago, but I'm doing better now. Just one of those overthinking episodes.
Miller- I'm glad the MRI went well. I've had a few but surprisingly enough they don't bother me. I find tight enclosed spaces more of a comfort than a hindrance. The injection is what would get me going. I don't like needles. I get injections in my knees and whenever I do my blood pressure goes way up in anticipation.

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Laura and Karri, thanks for asking about my MRI. It went better than I thought it would. I did take a tranquilizer and kept my eyes closed the whole time (something I'd never tried before) and it helped. My doctor should get in touch after he gets the results with a treatment plan if it is a pinched nerve. He mentioned I might need an epidural steroid injection.

Karri, I've heard of doing stream of conscious writing but have never tried it. Even though it brings some anxiety, it sounds like it could be very helpful. It's great you found your favorite poem. So good to hear you love your therapist - it can be difficult to find a great one sometimes, but when you do, it makes all the difference!

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emoticon Miller!!! How was your MRI? I hope the do something to ease your pain, I know that always messes with my anxiety.

Lakendal, how are you doing?

I've started on a new book called The Artist Way, you do stream of conscious writing every day for three whole pages, and I'm talking big notebook size pages!! It has brought up a few things and my anxiety has been rather high because of it and the anxiety of what else my brain might decide I'm ready to remember next (I have years I don't remember much from, and then they are mainly from recollections of others). But I like how I'm making progress with my creative side, and getting things out, I even got out my old poetry and read some of it and found my favorite poem that I thought I had lost!! So that made me happy!

Therapy is coming along great, I love my new therapist, she is so encouraging and actually gives me homework. I'm not sure what to do with the current homework, it seems silly, but I'm going to give it a try. Worst that could happen is that it doesn't work.

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How did the MRI go?

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I'm having an MRI today. I've had many in the past, but for some reason, am very scared today. I'm taking a tranquilizer before having it and hope it helps me get through it.


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Welcome to the team Miller. This is a great group. Hope you can get your pain and sleep issues straightened out.

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Hi, I'm new to the team and this is the first time I've posted here.

LAURA, I'm glad your anxiety is better.

KARRI, I'm glad the steroid pack helped your pain.



I'm having anxiety everyday, which is nothing new - I have OCD and GAD - plus chronic depression - and am struggling more than usual right now.

I haven't been sleeping well because of pain. I'm on daily Prednisone for polymyalgia rheumatica and I have an appointment tomorrow for an MRI to see if I have a pinched nerve. I haven't felt like exercising much, but have been doing physical therapy and walking a bit.

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LAKENDAL, so glad for your good news!!

My back/neck/shoulder are feeling less inflamed now that I'm done with the steroid pack. Still hurts but not as bad. Doctor suggested either a chiropractor or physical therapy. Since my insurance cover chiropractors, and it is what DH suggested for it, I opted for that. I have an appointment with one local that has good reviews, but am still doing my research. I don't want to go to one that is going to mess me up!!

I agree, I'm tired of being in pain, at least it is where I can handle it better now, and heat feels good instead of painful, so a heating pad or hot bath is actually relaxing.

DD11 woke me early this morning, she's had a rough night and didn't wake me till 0400. She has a fever and has been throwing up. I got her medicine and told her to next time wake me up sooner, she knows better, knows to wake me up first thing.

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Anxiety is better. My doc sent me to a specialist. No more tests. We figured out the problem and thank God no biopsy for me.

Hopefully you can get your health/bones in order. I hate the waiting my patience isn't what it used to be. I feel for you.

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Y'all, I simply have to share this book, I don't know if it is still on Amazon Prime Kindle Unlimited (where I found it and checked it out) but I just started reading it yesterday and it really was amazing to read. I felt validated, and real and .... It is just an amazing read. It's not a normal book, it's more of a narrative, it's called Daring To Take Up Space by Daniell Koepke. I want it in paper or hardback so bad, but it is only on Kindle right now. I'm going to buy it as soon as I can so that I can keep all of my highlights.

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Laura, I'm sorry to hear this is causing you more anxiety, it would me too. I like to hear what is going on and not sit and wait wondering.

Speaking of, I finally got the results from my x-ray, because I called and my nurse happened to answer! The bones are fine, but the results didn't say anything about the cartilage, which DH says they can see on an x-ray so I wonder if they were only looking at the bones. All I know is that I'm still in pain and I'm tired of waiting. The doctor's office flooded due to something with the heater, so they closed Friday and Monday until they could fix the problem and get a cleaning crew in. Luckily, no carpet. Unfortunately, that means more waiting for me. I'm tempted to just call a chiropractor and see if they will see me without a referral. I don't think I need one with my insurance. But I'm trying to trust my doctor to make the best decision on what kind of care I need for my neck/shoulder/back/arm.

It got cold here, but not that cold!! Brr, that is very cold! I think 27 is the lowest it is supposed to get here, but it was snowing all day, and I was out in it doing errands with just a t-shirt and a hoodie!! I was so cold by the time I got home, my toes was froze!!! LOL!

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I'm still fighting with the anxiety. Dr appointment didn't go well, he couldn't do the procedure in the office. Now I have to get it done at the hospital under sedation. Still waiting to hear back from the doctors office on the details. The waiting isn't helping my anxiety any. I think if I heard back I'd feel better.
A walk would also help but at 15 degrees out I'm not walking anywhere. Prayers that the docs office calls soon.

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Laura, down time is a great time for self care. Paint, color, take a bath, paint your nails, go for a walk, meditate, journal... I could go on!! Normally I would fill up my Saturday's making up for what I didn't get done during the week due to appointments, not this Saturday. I'm going to dub it Self Care Saturday and the only thing other than self care I'll be doing is Planning Day, and that is only because if I don't plan for the week ahead, it goes crazy on me and if the kids don't know what is going on and who gets individual time with me on what day and when art day is and all that, they get pesky. And yes, I have a teen and preteen, both girls.

I had a stressful week and am coming up on the most difficult time of the year for me. I don't know why, have no clue, but Feb and March are the most likely time for me to have a breakdown. Wasn't always that way, but the past decade-ish, that has been the way of it. So self care is top priority for me right now and that was one of the reasons I was wanting to get the anxiety blend for the oils. I found some great yoga DVD's, just need to get some yoga blocks and a yoga strap. DH wants me to get into Tai Chi, and I would not mind that, if classes were during the day, driving at night gives me anxiety attacks, I can't see very well and I freak out.

Anyway, I hope you are not worrying to much and that all goes well on Tuesday.

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You're so welcome. I hope it helps. Sometimes I use it even when I'm not anxious because I like the smell. I have a bunch of different roller bottles with different recipes in them that I've made.
I had a rough night last night. I couldn't sleep first it was because I was congested. I got up and used my allergy blend of oils and that helped. Then I just could not fall back asleep because I could not shut my brain down. I tried meditating and that didn't help. I wasn't feeling anxious until I started thinking about an upcoming procedure I have to get done on Tuesday.

I am getting a uterine biopsy. I know nothing is wrong and the test results will come out all right. But now that it's getting closer I am starting to freak out about the procedure itself. It's a simple in office procedure but I still know it's going to hurt. I love my doctor but he can be a little test happy so I know this is just a precautionary thing. I've already had ultrasounds of my uterus which came back with a fibroids diagnosis. Many of the women in my family have these ( but some of them have been quite large). I'm not overly concerned it's just one of those things in the back of my mind that I'm trying not to freak out about.
Good news/bad news I have nothing going on today so I can relax. Bad part about that is it gives me time to think and sometimes that's just not good.

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LAKENDAL, I can't wait to put the blend in the diffuser thing I got to put on my car vents! I've been putting just sandalwood, and that helps some, but I'm sure the blend will help a lot more!! I printed out your recipe so I won't lose it emoticon

I agree, MOMTOLJ, that is a great saying, but it is so hard not to worry when you have no idea what you are worrying over!! Anxiety sucks!

Have any of you had leg shaking problems? My left leg has started jumping and twitching and bouncing, like when you are restless, of its own accord. I can't stop it for long. It just happens. It's not restless leg, because it mainly happens when I have anxiety. I've had my legs bounce before, but nothing like this, it is crazy, I won't even know it is happening and it will be twitching. It happened while I was getting my massage!! I thought I was completely relaxed, but I felt something moving and it turned out my leg was twitching! I had to repeatedly do the relaxation technique that my therapist taught me to get it to stop, over and over, but I could not understand why it was doing it, because I didn't think I was anxious, I was getting a massage!! I guess I was.

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I'm glad you got the vetiver. I love it! LIke I aid the vetiver is so strong it overpowers the lavender in my anxiety/calming blend. I have ylang-ylang. I put it in my sleep blend. It's pretty strong too.

MOMTOLJ- great saying. I just wish not worrying was easier said than done. Especially when you don't know what you're worrying about. emoticon emoticon

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Worrying will not protect me from the future. Worrying will only keep me from living the present moment and eat away my energy to live it up, today! Did worry ever helped you? I dare say never emoticon

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I ordered some ylang-ylang and some chamomile to see if either of those would go with it. I think the first will, the chamomile has a surprisingly astringent smell. The vetiver is strong, but I like it, thanks for recommending it!

Boundary lady tried and did walk all over my boundaries... to a point. I was stressed already and I don't watch the news for obvious reasons. I don't want to hear the horror stories. And I told her that. So she proceeded to try to tell me a horror story about a 2 year old!!! I told her 4 times to stop talking, to shut up, and the 5th, I held up my hands in a stopping motion out in front of me and half yelled 'Stop!' And you know what? She said okay, thank you, and stopped. I was such a wreck when she left from having to constantly redirect our conversation from the horrible tragedies or gossips she wanted to talk about. Then she called yesterday and invited herself over for today, even though I told her I would be gone to the VA. So she calls me when she is done with her appointment in my town and asks where I'm at. I say the VA. She whines, still? I got out of it, but she tried to get me to stay where I was at to have lunch with her out. I have two kids in school, I had to head back so I can be here in time for my kids, they come first.

Awesome that you did great!! I would have been a bundle of nerves!! Way to go!!

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The vetiver is so strong I don't smell the lavender. I love lavender. I put it in a lot of my own oil recipes.

How did your visit will "boundary lady" go?

I survived the weekend. Had 2 different wrestling meets for 2 different grandsons. These last several hours and the place was PACKED. I usually don't do well in big crowds but I did great. No anxiety at all.

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Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!! I don't like lavender, I wonder if there is anything that I could use in its place... Do you know of anything that would go good with it other than lavender? It sounds like it would work wonderfully. I'm getting some of those oil diffusers you put on your air vents for my car, they should get here tomorrow, so having a soothing blend while I drive would/will be perfect! For now I'll use the stress away. I'm going to go ahead and order some vetiver and orange.

Major stressful day, nothing went right except that the plumber who actually showed up made the repair and since he put me off for so long is not charging me full price! Everything else it seems like I'm jumping through hoops for.

And, the person I have boundary issues with is coming over tomorrow for lunch and to chat since we have not talked since before New Year except yesterday on the phone. I managed to steer her clear of gossipy topics and nagging on about my MIL. Wish me luck.

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Funny you should mention that I was just thinking about painting my nails. Nail polish never stays on my nails so I don't do it that often. Usually just paint my toe nails and nows it's to cold not to wear socks so it seems pointless.

Here is my recipe for my calming blend. I love it. I put it in a roller bottle. I keep one at the house and the other in my purse. I also keep some with no carrier oil in it so I can put it in my diffuser or in a necklace.
Calming Blend: 30 drops each of Lavender, Stress Away, Vetiver and Orange. Fill the rest with a carrier oil of your choice. Apply to pulse points I like my wrists so I can smell it to help destress.


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So you make yours out of sweet orange and vetiver? does it help you? That is certainly something I'd be willing to give a try, I'd love to get some vetiver just to see what it smells like! I'd heard it described, and it sounds wonderful.

My anxiety has been okay-ish when I wake up and put my number down on the team, but by the time I'm ready for the day my legs are jumping. My DH thought it was electrolyte imbalance when he saw and felt my legs muscles jumping and my p-doc thought I might be getting restless leg syndrome. I'm over here going, no, I just have that much stress/anxiety going on right now. My therapist, at least, heard me and had some recommendations and exercises to do, mindfulness and ways to check in with my body and relax it at least momentarily.

And I discovered this weekend that since the start of the new year, I've not been doing any of my self care stuff. None of it. So I made a point to plan some craft projects and take a hot bath and face mask and paint my nails. The paint I used is old and I threw it out, it's chipping already, I didn't know this at the time. Time for me to purge my nail polish. Not like I use much. Now I am out of nail polish remover and must go buy some to get this off of my nails.

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It is. That is why I make my own blend. It has sweet orange in it but the vetiver is strong enough that it isn't as poent.

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I have two dogs, but my DH does not like most essential oils at all, so I wear the necklaces. He does not mind the amber or the sandalwood on me. But the stress relief oil he does not like at all. I have to wait till after he leaves for work to put it on after the first day. The dropper was not on all the way and I was expecting a drop or two to come out and it basically just poured out onto my kitchen table!! It was strong! I cleaned it up with dawn dish soap, so got most of it up, but he has a sensitive nose and it smelled really strong to him still.

I want to get the diffusers for the car air vents, I have a lot of anxiety driving and I think that would really help me. I saw that the same company has a blend just for anxiety. It sounds like it would be very citrusy.

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Check out Amazon for a diffuser. I got mine there and it works great. Also I got 2nd one a couple years ago as a gift so now I have one in the bedroom and one in the living room.

Just be careful if you have pets. Some animals are sensitive to certain oils when used in diffusers.

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LAKENDAL, I bought the stress relief and got the free shipping, so it will get here sometime in the next 8 days.

ON_A_DIET, what does the sweet dreams smell like? I would love to have an oil diffuser in my room, but have to make due with my oil diffuser necklace I got on sale on Amazon. It works really good too.

I have to go get a new driver's license tomorrow and am not looking forward to the crowd at all.

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The sweet dreams is by Hush Little Baby Kids Korner

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I have the stress away and it smells great. I just tried a new one (at least to me) called uplift. I love it. Very citrusy. That's the nice thing about Edens Garden very reasonably priced. I'm on a budget as well...always looking for a good deal.

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LAKENDAL, I think I'm going to try the stress relief from Edens Garden, it is not very expensive, and I like that it comes with a dropper. I like the smell of the Amber and Sandalwood, but it does nothing for my anxiety, it's just like wearing a nice perfume. Smells good and nothing more.

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Who makes the sweet dreams? Any idea what is in it?

I have a blend that I make myself that I put in my diffuser at night. Smells wonderful, even my husband likes it and asks if I'm putting "sleepy stuff" as he calls it in the diffuser when we go to sleep.

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I have wanted an essential oil diffuser forever. I live on a budget and could never afford one. Let alone the oil itself.

I found both on clearance at a local store!

But, what was unique was the scent. A baby scent called sweet dreams. Very calming.

So, if you ever need something non-toxic and want to rest, search for the above.


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I'm so glad the party went well!! I hope your doc is able to help you.

I finally talked myself into having Aunt G for a face to face talk. I'm not the person I used to be, I'm stronger, and I'm not willing to let the situation take that from me. She... is not going to be much of a part of my life from now on, even if she doesn't know it. The talk went well enough, but she tried to lay all the blame on me. She said how could she walk over my boundaries if she didn't know where they were? Um, common human courtesy? You don't lie and use people? You don't act like you own someone? I didn't say those things, but I really wanted to. I knew she would get confrontational and I don't deal well with that. So I just decided then and there and family is/was right. She is a user, and though I feel sorry for her, I can't let that cloud my judgement of what is best for me. My kids actually asked not to be left alone with her again. That was a huge warning sign for me.

My anxiety is not as bad, I really like the sandalwood and really want the amber oil. I used to wear amber all the time (actual like crystalized amber that you rubbed into your skin, smelled amazing) and if it smells like that, it will be my go to. I must have had it on stronger than I thought one day because I had a guy mutter and walk away from me in a store. Or he didn't like that I was reaching for what I needed next to him. I wasn't in his personal space or anything. I don't do that, because I like my personal space, a lot!

I LOVE my new therapist, first impression. She read me so well, and gave me hope. She was appalled that no one has ever taught me techniques like grounding skills other than my BFF. She's very hopeful. So I am too.

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Are you feeling better?

Party went well. I've been doing pretty good lately. I'm hoping it keeps up. My only problem is the constant headaches. I've been having them most every day. Today was a good day no headaches or anxiety. Just tired. I've been tired a lot lately an not sleeping well. My "yearly" doc appointment is next week. Hopefully he can figure out why I'm so tired all the time.

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Using my sandalwood oil, and I love it. It is such a soothing smell to me. Others may not like it, but I do. and I don't make it so strong that it is like an aura around me, I keep it in small doses, or at least I think I do. I can't wait till I can buy some amber and vetiver (I really just want to see what vetiver smells like) and I want to try that stress away you were talking about!

Today I see my next new therapist (they say 3rd time is the charm....) I really hope I like her. I like the location and having my kids and I see therapists in the same office will be perfect. Once my car is fixed (I can drive again, woohoo!) I'll be able to start driving us to our appointments every other week for now.

Aunt G is hounding me, I'm going to ask FIL how to deal with her. I feel like she is treating me the way my family used to and I just can't handle that. She is always right, she talks over me, she's... Ugh I can't even go into it, it is so difficult to deal with. I forgive her, but that doesn't mean I have to forget and be walked on again.

I'm going to talk to FIL and therapist about it.

My anxiety is pretty high, but I don't want to take anything else for it because I want to have my wits about me talking to the therapist.

wish me luck.

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Had a migraine like that on Tuesday. I almost had DH take me to the ER when he got home, but that would have involved moving, so no. Finally got rid of it. Have a lesser one today, which doesn't seem to want to go away, which is going to make the kids band concert, so so much more enjoyable. Pain meds and earplugs will be the only way I make it through.

I love my oil diffuser necklaces! I got a two-pack, one is a tree and one is an ocean wave.

Speaking of kids, they are home, good luck at the Christmas party!!

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You're welcome. I love my oils!

Rough day for me yesterday. Migraine from hell and I couldn't be home to take meds and sleep in a nice dark room until later in the afternoon. We are getting some trees take out and my husband didn't want me home (he's a big worrier) while they were taking the big oaks by the house out. So I hung out at his office with a headache that was progressively getting worse and worse until it developed into a migraine.

Luckily today I thought ahead and am going to my daughter-in-laws for the day. I'm happy to finally be getting these trees out but it puts a crimp in my schedule. No steps or workout. It's too cold and snowy to go outside so it's another day of sitting on my butt for me.

Luckily the anxiety is low. We have a Christmas party tonight for my husbands work. I know all these people but I'm still slightly anxious about it. Usually It's just a luncheon but tonight it's an actual party. I'll be wearing my necklace that I can put my anxiety blend in and hope for the best. It will be good for me to get out.

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That sounds really good, thank you, I will check out the website! I hope I can find some essential oils that will work for me.

I'm still looking for other things that can help with anxiety in public, if you have anything that works for you, let me know! I used to know how to count to 100 in Japanese, but have long forgot, and am thinking about relearning. It helps to clear the mind to learn to count in different languages and switch from language to language. But with my migraines and seizures and anxiety, it can be hard to think!!

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I get my oils from a company called Edens Garden. It's a blend has a few different things in it like bergamot, ylang ylang, and some citrus ones.

Edens Garden has great prices if you love oils but are on a budget. Here's a link to their web site.

www.edensgarden.com/

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I've heard that vetiver is a lovely smell. I'll have to look up the sandalwood oil then, thank you. What is stress away?

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I have an anxiety blend that I make it has lavender vetiver Sweet Orange and stress away in it, I know you can't stand the smell of lavender but the other smells help cover it up. Vetiver has a very earthy smell. And yes you can get sandalwood oil.

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Any good aroma therapy ideas for someone with a sensitive nose? I had to give my essential oils to my youngest DD because I can't handle most of them except the peppermint, and that is not really soothing to me. The lavender smells like flowers that make me sneeze, and I just really don't like the smell of the rest... can you get sandalwood essential oil? I love that smell.

My anxiety has been really bad, PTSD too, and I'm trying my best to come up with subtle ways to deal with it in public. I don't go out much (which in turn makes it worse for me) so I want to use my oil diffuser necklace, but none of the oils I have work for me. I'm going to ask for those wireless ear bud things for Christmas so I can listen to classical music without having to worry about wires poking about and getting hung. Or some distracting music, just something to help.

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Thank you, I just printed it!!



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KARRI a good friend of mine who is a social worker and does group therapy sessions shared this with me. Might be something else to stick on the fridge.



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The full app is pretty pricey.... even if it is really good, I'll stick with the basic.

I finally found yet another therapist, and someone to take me. Aunt G. She is one of those people who drains me, but I do love her to bits. I feel so sorry for her. Everyone says she got herself in the situation she is in, and I can totally see that, but she is older, disabled, and in need of help. So yesterday, while talking on the phone with her, I felt like I needed to help her, she was asking for help, in her own way. So I made her promise to tell no one, and that she could come get me for one day a week and I'd help her out. Why promise not to tell anyone? Because no one will like that I'm helping her. In fact, my husband would/will get mad. He does not like her at all, and while I know some of the story there, I don't know all of it. She is severely depressed, her psych doc is not seeing that, she is having bad anxiety about being forced to move or possibly move to an assisted living facility and being stuck in a small room for the rest of her life. I totally get it.

Anyway, my sleep is still all messed up. I'm going to have to insist that my psych doc take me off of the sleep meds I'm on, they simply aren't working at all. And the less sleep I get, the more anxiety I have, the more my bipolar acts up... it's just not good all around. But I did get a good work out in yesterday. So there is one plus to it, lol. Going to work out in a few, it is 0400 here. I'll put on a coat (it got cold!!) and take out my pup and then work out. I got a Jillian Michaels video on Amazon and while trying to do the warm up jumping jacks, Hope (my Golden) kept jumping on me and trying to do them with me, LOL!! I finally gave up because I was laughing so hard. Today I'll put her up while I work out, and hopefully she won't bark at me!

Hope you have a great Sunday! We are taking a rest day and staying home today. I have a few small things planned to do, but that is it. I got some books on anxiety and depression coping skills from Kindle Unlimited and am going to read them today if I can.

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I loved the accent too, vey sexy. I've only done the first 5 of the basics. I'll try the others eventually . I'm not sure about the full app depends on the price.

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Thank you for the recommendations. I downloaded Headspace and did the first meditation, made me really sleepy! I may actually be able to go back to bed now!

I'll go through the full free app and if it is as good as the initial one is I may get the full app. It was really nice. I haven't meditated in years, and I liked the voice and accent.

I've printed the 5 senses out too, I think I'll do the same and put a copy in my purse and a copy on the fridge.

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I printed the 5 senses grounding techniques and put it on my fridge, otherwise I would never have remembered it either. I also have 2 people I can call that talk me through an attack.
I also downloaded an app called headspace. It's teaching me how to meditate.

Hope these help.

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Thinking about stopping therapy for now, though I don't think it is a good idea, I can't drive because of seizures, and DH's work is cracking down on him being able to take me to appointments. I can't wait till I can drive again. My therapist, who I'd only seen a few times and was really working well with me, either quit or got fired, but it happened so suddenly, and the owner of the place isn't even sending out letters till next Monday, my appointment was Tuesday!! I called to reschedule, that was how I found out.

Any suggestions for resources for teaching about techniques for dealing with anxiety and panic attacks? Or just anxiety in general? I realized that none of my therapists have ever taught me how to deal with this, one of my best friends and I were messaging while I was having a panic attack and she called and walked me through the 5 senses grounding technique. I'm trying to memorize it so that I can practice it and have it be 2nd nature, but I'm finding that if I'm in an anxiety inducing situation, I can't concentrate enough on the technique for it to be of any use.


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I've been doing better mood-wise. Still having anxiety, but not as bad. I have been trying 4-8-4 breathing and it seems to help some. I also do the 5 senses grounding technique, but that doesn't usually help unless I remove myself from the situation and then do it to calm myself down. I have been having a really hard time with social anxiety. I don't get out much anymore and that just makes it worse. Of course, it can't be helped, since medically I can't drive right now. I'm worried that once I can drive my driving anxieties will be worse. But I'm trying not to have too much worry/anxiety about that, as it is in the future and nothing I can do about it now.

I'm really enjoying being in a better, calmer mood. I'm getting a migraine today, but have not had one in 5 days which is really nice.

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I'm starting to get better at meditation. I've never been able to to it before. My sister recommended an app and it's been helping. We will see how well it works on my next anxiety/ panic attack.

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Better late than never. Hopefully things are alright.

I'm still doing good. I've finally gotten back into working out. I've met my goal of 3 days a week two weeks in a row. My endorphins are flowing and it' really improved my mood.

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Laura, I like that scripture. I'm sorry to hear you had a rough couple of weeks, but am glad you had a good day! Hope you are still doing good!

I had a rough couple of days and this morning had some heart rate problems, I wasn't worried till my husband started worrying and asking lots of questions, now I'm wondering if I should get a sooner doctor appointment.

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I'm with you. I feel safe where I live but you never know. I am a big reader and have an overactive imagination so better safe than sorry.

I had a rough couple weeks but I am doing better now. I feel really good today. Optimistic and ready to take on the world.

I don't know how many of you are Christians but I have a handful of scriptures that I find comforting and thought I'd share some with the group. Sorry if I offend anyone.

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.


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ON_A_DIET, I'd have probably done the same thing. I live in a pretty good neighborhood, lots of cops and veterans, but I still get uneasy about things like that. That part of me that goes into the anxiety fight/flight mode.

My anxiety has been up and down, but I did good at church today, though I had a migraine so didn't stay through the whole sermon. I see my p-doc next week for sleep and my regular doc for migraine meds and, as a diabetic, a nodule in my foot. I see my therapist in two days, and I have probably seemed better off to him than I actually am, so it's time to let some walls down, if I want to really get something done at these appointments. I really like my new therapist, so I think I can do this.





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My anxiety has been so under control. That is, until last night. I was sitting on my porch, it was dark out, and I could tell by the street light, that a man dressed in all black with a hoodie was approaching on the street. I got anxiety as I did not know whether to trust him or not. So, I hurried inside. What would you have done?

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My anxiety has actually gotten better. I was just having and off couple of weeks. I know what it is it's my hormones. I don't see my doctor until later this fall. Damn menopause is making me crazy. I feel better now although still don't have much ambition to workout. I'll get there. My routine is getting back to normal now so that will help. I am a big creature of habit so when my routine gets off it makes me a little off.

Hopefully you and your doc get the your sleeping u der control. I feel bad for you. I hate it when I don't get enough sleep.

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Laura, don't worry, you'll get there. Have you talked to your p-doc or therapist (whichever or both that you see, I see both) about your anxiety getting worse, or have there been any outside influences that could be the root cause of it?

I got put on a medication to help me sleep, wasn't getting enough (I have bad insomnia)... only this med had the side effect of sending me into a manic phase and getting even less sleep!! My anxiety, which is already high any day I have to go somewhere from basically being forced to be a hermit (I can't drive because of the seizures) getting so much less sleep makes me super on edge and irritable. I'm saw my doc last week and he put me on a med that in the past made me somewhat groggy, now I'm on a tiny dose in comparison and so groggy I have to take several naps a day and go to bed early. I'll see my p-doc again on Thursday and suggest we try one of the other two choices he said we had. I can't stand being this groggy all the time.

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I haven't posted in a while thought it would be a good idea to check in. So how have I been doing? I've been up and down. My anxiety has been up and down causing my workouts to be up and down. Causing my weight to be up and down. Basically causing my life to be up and down.

I've been getting outside to walk more instead of workouts on my elliptical. The weather has been great for getting outside I have a hard time in the heat so cooler temps (60's) have been nice. I just wish I could get back into my loving to workout mode again.

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