lifestyle changes my therapist recommended when I re-started therapy in 2021 + told her I wanted to stay off anxiety meds

therapy journal page

Here are all my notes from my journal page that July 2021 day I went back to therapy after stopping my anxiety meds in October 2020. my therapist’s recommendations for lifestyle changes to help manage anxiety without medication: start recognizing anxiety’s messages to me –> journal out anxious thoughts “do it tomorrow” = anxiety decrease caffeine —> I was never really a coffee person, but I’m for sure a tea person now put all goals IN WRITING – also share with my writing accountability partner 30 min walk 3x/week —> can also delay/prevent alzheimer’s (not fact-checked, but she said it so I wrote it) eat a variety of fruits + veggies, chicken + fish chemicals in our stomach help keep anxiety + depression away and/or supplement with vitamins below […]

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thoughts I thought while in the shower today — “on me, my inner critic, & I”

shower thoughts

Today, I thought I’d wake up and write about stuff I thought about in the shower. I sometimes see it as a game to retrace my trains of thoughts to figure out, “How the heck did I start thinking about that?” I’m going through the Anxiety & Worry workbook my therapist recommended, and Chapter 3 includes a worksheet to fill out my “Dangerous Thinking” profile. This was the worksheet my therapist mentioned specifically, so naturally, I’m doing it today before my follow-up appointment is tomorrow. Hey, at least I’m not doing it the morning of — progress!! Now, I’m making an active effort to address my anxiety: instead of avoidance & procrastination of all the things, I’m dealing with or doing something about it! trying to capture my secret […]

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I release… anxiety

lincoln anxiety

This morning, I did my Yoga with Adriene Yoga Camp Day 11 practice, for which the mantra was, “I release.” So I thought I’d share something I’ve been working on releasing during this shelter in place period: anxiety — and the stories I tell myself surrounding (and because of) anxious thoughts. Focus in the Present I’ve always been an overthinker. I actually came to think of it as being tied to my empathetic nature, because I can imagine and understand so many different perspectives, I’m constantly questioning how this person would respond if I said this, or how that person would react if I did that. Needless to say, during this COVID quarantine, I’ve had a lot of time alone with my thoughts. From having to sit with them […]

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