Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anxiety Is a Bitch

Going to bed at 12:30 a.m. and waking up before 6 a.m. is not a pathway good health.  I went to bed with my son's lunch made thinking that I get to sleep in until 7:45 - I can do seven hours, but I cannot survive on five...and for the second night in a row.

As is every morning I woke up to what I call the cat alarm.  I have a 17-year-old cat who I completely love, but she's cranky.  She wants what she wants when she wants it.  Colette waits for no one.  Anyway, she woke me up and felt panicked when I woke up, the beginnings of an anxiety attack.  Obviously, I would not be falling back to sleep for those last two hours.

It's stress and having a lot of things on my mind that create this anxiety.  I don't take medication, I ride them out.  This is due to the fact I don't have a doctor or insurance, but I have tried Xanax once and it is a miracle drug. They are exhausting emotionally and physically.

The good news is that I've stamped them down in other very stressful times in my life by eating right and, more importantly, by exercise. Even though I am extremely tired surviving on ten hours of sleep over two days, I will go for that run after dinner tonight.  I need it, mind, body and soul.

How do you deal with stress and anxiety?  I'm always curious and receptive to how others deal with a very common issue in our modern lives.  Please leave your comments.


  1. I know that when I'm stressed I read a good book or do a good exercise. Nothing like working it out to some Pilates or Yoga.

  2. The "right" answer is of course some good ol' fashioned sweating times - when I'm stressed out, if I can just sweat for 20 min, the world is a much MUCH better place. The answer for the last 6 months has been ... eat a lot of sugar ... which is never a good idea. BUT, I was stressed today, and I went for a walk, and the world is better! Looking forward to seeing how your run was - Clare :-)