Originally posted by Lookingup
I started feeling a bit like you describe. I don't have any family, and no one to take care of me, so with the recent economic situations, and other doom and gloom, I found myself becoming preoccupied with negative thoughts and anxiety. Also, I have a stressful job that added to my anxiety and crabbiness.
I got off of ATS for awhile, had some bouts of good physical exercise outdoors, and tried a bit of meditation, or whatever you want to call it. About 20 minutes a day of not thinking about anything. I just imagined I was looking into swirling fog. If a thought crept in, I blocked it out. This seemed to make me more relaxed.
During the day, I suppressed negative thoughts. I made a list of chores around the house and concentrated on finishing them.
It's too easy to get online and read all the doom and gloom, then start to dwell on it and let your mind become preoccupied with all the what-ifs that could happen.
Attack any problems you can fix, and get them out of the way. Think positively that you have done the best you could. Accept that some things may be out of your control, but be prepared the best you can. Good luck!
Originally posted by broahes
reply to post by Doomsday 2029
Doomsday, I've read some of your post over the past year or so as a "lurker" and have always enjoyed most of what you have shared.. so I will say this as a distant friend..
Have you taken a break from ATS lately? That is one reason I have never joined.. I didn't want to feel obligated to being on the boards daily. I'm not knocking ATS, but this site can have some very troubling topics from time to time, and aren't always the best thing to get drawn into if you are anxious to begin with.
That is by no means a cure, and I agree with a few others.. maybe you should see a doctor, but I can assure you that ATS is something you need to balance with other.. sometimes more positive activities.
I have balance, and try to limit my time on ATS when I feel like I'm getting sucked in. You say you have children.. that's a beautiful thing.. enjoy that. There is always beauty to find in everything.
Find balance and you will find your peace.
Originally posted by EzraBuckley
It's already far too late to save The World. The World is doomed, damned, done for. But it isn't yet too late for some of us to save ourselves. Fear is the only thing that makes us realize we have to save ourselves and those we care for. Fear keeps us sharp. It keeps us alive. Don't forsake fear.
There were nights that I couldn't leave my daughter's side as she slept away for fear of not being able to save her if something were to occur. I know how really there aren't the words to describe it all.
Originally posted by Tragic
I also know what it feels like to lose someone close to you. Honey ... it's absolutely life shattering. I won't lie to you. But you learn to accept it and believe in 'God's Will' (if you are religious). I found comfort in the thought that they had done what they were supposed to do here. And now there is no more pain for them, no more worries. And maybe, just maybe God needed them more than I did. I fully respect the saying that God will not give you anything you cannot handle. That in itself gives me strength. This way I know someone alsways believes in me even when I can't.