Re: Is anyone emotionally damaged
Date: June 02, 2010 05:28AM
One thing about anxiety: it is partly physical and partly cultural. If you hang around people who watch shows like Nancy Grace or America's Most Wanted all the time, they will re-inforce anxiety. If you hang around superstitious people who cannot translate faith in God into a relaxed approach to life, but who instead are always looking for sin or scandal, you will always be worried. Find people and activities that don't promote worry and suspicion. Listen to happy, relaxing music and watch old comedies.
I actually find funny pet videos in youtube to be a good way to relax. I am embarrassed to admit this, but it is true. I even have made a few with my own budgies, who are actually my pet-therapy for anxiety. They are full of crazy antics and they are not hard to take care of because they keep each other company and they like to fly around the house when they are not in their cage on the patio.
If you do some vigorous exercise, you will release a lot of the pent-up physical tension that can make you feel anxious and you will also sleep better. If you are anxious over physical safety, then working out will help your self-confidence, even if you have to do it in a limited way because of a handicap or other health issue.