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Vincenza - Health Educator
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Just a question.

Interesting question and responses.  It can be overwhelming if you focus on the 'why' or rather, 'root cause' of panic attacks and excessive anxiety.  Acknowledging the causes may be helpful but more importantly, remind yourselves how far you've come in managing your fears and what steps you have taken that help you get through the more difficult times.  Recognizing the emotions that arise and understanding how to deal with them in a healthy way can prevent them from piling up inside, making it easier to deal with each situation that may arise.  You can look into ways of doing this using The Panic Program.  It is an excellent resource providing information on how to manage panic attacks or feelings of anxiety, tools on how to keep from escaping situations that may trigger panic or anxiety and understanding the panic cycle.  You can learn more about panic attacks (what it is, causes, symptoms etc..) on the Education section of the website.
 
How does understanding the 'why' help you manage your panic attacks or symptoms of anxiety?  In what way is it important to you? Vincenza, Health Educator
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Completely Alone and Still Alive

CdnGuy, 
 
It is great that you've created a plan that works for you, and a good reminder that it is not about perfection, but to take one step and one day at a time to achieve your goals. 
 
How have you rewarded yourself for achieving past goals?
 

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Completely Alone and Still Alive


I like the ideas that have been shared.  Remembering to breathe(!) and setting a cellphone alarm as a cue are great ways to take time from our day to focus on ourselves and how we are feeling/coping in the moment.
 
CdnGuy, thank you for continuing to share your updates with us!


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Feeling like I am spiraling out of control...

Great suggestions, advice and hugs!  I hope you are feeling better this evening Maggie. 
 
What did you find helpful with your first pregnancy?
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Hello

Hi Maggie,
 
White coat syndrome is in fact common finding in the Dr's office.  As it has been mentioned, people will invest in a BP cuff to monitor their levels at home to determine what is consistent for them.  It seems as though you are well aware of your thought patterns during these kind of anxiety-inducing situations.  It is great to hear the support from others and reinforce great ways to keep anxiety at bay...keep breathing, keep active and keep reminding yourself of how far you've come. 
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Making adjustments

Hi Red,
That is great news.  Happy to hear that things are moving forward in your favor - with both the landscaping project and challenging your negative thoughts!

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Accomplishments and other Postive Things

Hi Davit,
 
It sounds like you are in a good place - good riddance to the anxiety devil(!)
Let us know how the next few days go for you.
 
All the best, 

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New Health Educator - Vincenza

Thanks for the welcomes everyone!  I look forward to getting to know all of you : )
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Now is the Time!

Hello,
 
Interesting discussion going on!  It is definitely a challenge to find the balance in our daily life that works for us.   I came across this quote recently:  "Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day".
 
What is the 'something good' that you have found in your day?  How did it help you achieve balance?
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Agoraphobia after witnessing crime

Sunny, you give really great advice.
Bvt66bvt,  No matter where you are in the world, we are here to help you!
 Are there any locals you have met that you can go out with?  It is always great to be in company that
know the area well, and can show you the fun and safe parts of the city...
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