It's been awhile since I've been on here, I've never really done the forum thing until now, so it's been kind of difficult for me to keep up. I check this site everyday, but rarely post...just FYI on my sporadic chiming in.
Part of the issue is that I've been in a deep bout of depression lately making it difficult to reach out. I guess posting online is similar to phones for me, it's difficult to take the leap and communicate. I have started to see a terrific counselor though, it was such a great feeling finally reaching out in that way. She is very into natural medicine and has suggested that I start taking fish oil (i've been taking DHA, but I just realized that it's not actual fish oil?) so I ordered some Nordic Naturals and she also suggested that I eat a lot of edamame, that the my body maybe isn't getting the right kinds of protein or isn't processing it right and that this may help. I have never really had a very good diet so I think that this may be a good first step.
I think that rituals can be very helpful, although mine change fairly regularly. I have recently discovered that knitting is great for my anxiety fits.
I also love the stuffed animal notion
I tend to use articles of clothing instead. In my teen years it was a special hoodie, now its a hooded scarf...I suppose I really enjoy hoods.AFWife:
I can totally relate to your nighttime anxiety, I have a difficult time just laying down in bed by myself even if my partner is in the other room. I don't know what I would do if he was away. Since we were in a car accident last May, he's been out of work and we've spent every day together, he just recently got his driver's license back and so now I'm adjusting to him just leaving the house for a couple of hours...he's starting work again soon and I'm dreading how I'll be when that happens. We're not sure if he'll be able to take any time off when the baby comes either. Speaking of, I realized that we have the same due date Krisis
I find myself watching that kind of stuff too. It seems that once I watch one video, 5 other follow...I don't know why this happens either especially when I feel so awful afterwards. I find that watching something funny or happy or listening to Jack Johnson or whatever tends to help distract my mind and lead it in a better direction...
Hope everyone is doing well. Hugs all around