Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Battle with Anxiety

My Battle with Anxiety

If you have read my about me you know I have had some recent struggles with anxiety.  In all honesty my anxiety will never go completely away.  It is part of how I am wired.  It is who I am and I am proud of that.  I am not perfect.  I don't try to be perfect.  I just try to be ME! :) 

I know there are probably many of you who deal with anxiety too.  You might have it and may not have identified it as anxiety.  Below is a good chart of identifying if you have an anxiety disorder.  We all worry about normal things like paying bills and the safety of our children around harmful objects.  When anxiety disorder gets real is when you are having irrational fears of things happening or constant worry that interferers with your daily life.  I am NOT a Dr. but I am using this as a baseline based on my experiences.    I worried about things I couldn't control.  I was subconsciously worrying about things for years and after having Jack everything just came to a screeching halt for me.  

When I have a day or feel like I need to relax I turn to a few wonderful apps on my phone.  If you know me personally you know I don't relax easy.  I have my days when I love to be at home and in my lounge clothing.   I might look physically relaxed but I am not always mentally relaxed.  My mind is constantly going.  The "what if's" are a constant battle for me.  Something that I have learned to manage and push away when they come into my mind.

I have found the following apps  (for my android phone) to be very helpful:
Free your mind
Meditation Music
Stop Panic and Anxiety
Zen Breath Mediation
Anti Anxiety

By far the BEST thing that has happened to me has been clean eating and working out. My anxiety stems from the death of my Father.  He died in a car accident when I was 8 years old.  You would think I would get anxious over things I can't control but for me it's the opposite.  I get anxiety over the things I can control or should be controlling.  I recently had elevated cholesterol & triglyceride levels and was having severe anxiety about them.  I took anxiety medication for several months and with my lifestyle change I was able to get off my medication.  The anxiety lead me to believe I could die of a heart attack at any moment.  That is a good example of IRRATIONAL thinking.  I have no history of heart problems so there is no major risk for that to happen.  It was all FEAR and ANXIETY.   

I have taken control of my health and fitness.  I have lowered my cholesterol & triglycerides by incorporating a clean eating meal plan, drinking Shakeology for breakfast and working out 5-6 times a week!  I have never felt this good and in control of my life.  I am so thankful for my family, my friends and for Beachbody for allowing me to take control of my health.  Click here for my blog post on my great news on lowering my cholesterol & triglycerides

Take charge of your health today by joining in on a health and fitness challenge group with me! For more details contact me on Facebook or by email at

If you feel you have an anxiety disorder I urge you to seek help.  There is no reason to suffer with these feelings and thoughts. I started with my general practitioner and then went to see a therapist.  You can always call your health insurance for a referral.  DO NOT let your anxiety rule your life.  Life is short and you need to make each day your VERY best!  


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