Hello, good people of Earth! and… Tom Cruise, lol…
Indeed, the predictable end of the TomKat marriage, and tragic stories, and scathing report issued on the Penn State Tragedy this week, were all that anyone on TV wanted to talk about! And, guess what? I HAD TO TURN IT OFF!!
By the way, this reminds me, a couple great coping mechanisms that I have deployed during my 14 year battle with panic disorder.
With all of the negativity, you have to realize when you’re struggling, that you must not only combat your own negative thoughts with positive self talk (another topic for another blog) but you must purge yourself of unneccessary negative influences. The internet (not this blog of course), the news, media of any kind… often focus on negatives and, literally, we subject ourselves on a daily basis.
When you’re down and out, back away from the internet and the news for a day or two (but please, continue to read this blog). See how much better you feel when you’re done!
One of these weeks, I’ll dedicate a blog to negative thinking, but for now, just think of all the negative thoughts one has in a day…
- Do you wake up and say, “Oh I’m too tired, I can’t do this today!” ???
- Do you look at your to-do list and say, “I don’t know where to start and I’ll never get it all done, why even try?”
These are but simple examples of negative thoughts we have on a daily basis, without even realizing it! With all the negativity we easily generate on our own, occassionally, we must block out external sources of negativity, AND combat those sources which come within.
Okay, with today’s lesson out of the way, let me introduce you to just a few resources I have found that help me when I’m feeling a bit “hot” (that’s my term for feeling like I’m on the verge of an attack).
- The Midwest Center’s Audio Series “Attacking Anxiety and Depression” by Lucinda Bassett - I’m telling you, it may be expensive, but it’s worth it. This is a series of 15 CD’s that realize just how many people have symptoms just like you, have it just as bad or worse than you, and gives you excellent coping tools. I used to have terrible anxiety in the car. I would listen to the CD’s in my car and I hardly ever feel “hot” during my long car trips any more. Heck, even listening to these in a dark room (such as in bed) can really help you feel better.Midwest Center’s Audio Series “Attacking Anxiety and Depression” is probably the best tool I have encoutered for, literally, attacking these terrible afflictions.
“Feeling Good” by David D. Burns- an excellent book for anyone battling anxiety or depression. Sometimes just reading a few pages of this will help me feel better.
- Reading posts from, or joining and participating an online support group, such as Daily Strength’s Anxiety forum. Again, reading others talking about the same problems we have, and how they face them is help in and of itself. I would encourage you to join and participate, because helping others helps you to feel good!
Those are a few resources I utilize when I’m feeling “hot”… how about you? Weigh in and we’ll post a few of your resources in next week’s blog!
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