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Old 05-22-22, 07:38 PM  
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Seeking Anxiety Relief

Over the last few months, I've developed a bit of an anxiety problem. I'm not having panic attacks or anything remotely like that. I just feel nervous, anxious. It kind of feels like I'm watching a suspense movie. I don't know exactly what is going on, but I have been going through a lot of stress lately. I'm going to talk about this with my doctor tomorrow, but I believe I can manage it without medication if I just focus on doing what's best for me.

Anyway, my question: What are your favorite anxiety relief videos? I guess I'm mostly interested in yoga. I am already walking for exercise and I'm going to start a strength component to my exercise routine starting tomorrow, but I would like to start using my yoga videos (or Youtube) to help with my anxiety. I have Barbara Benagh's Yoga for Stress Relief and just completed a 50-minute practice a few minutes ago. It helped! However, I'm hoping to find something a bit shorter (although Barbara's practices are pretty easy to shorten as needed). I also like Rodney Yee and have quite a few of his DVDs, but I'm open to other instructors.

Thanks everybody!

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Old 05-22-22, 08:13 PM  
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I am a huge fan of yoga but I have actually found that Qi Gong is better at calming my mind. I love Lee Holden's 30 Day Challenge, which are only 6-8 minutes each. He has a YouTube channel as well if you wanted to try one out. Ten years ago I never dreamed I would even try Qi Gong, let alone like it. But then, that's how I felt about yoga like 30 years ago!

Anyway, I'm sorry you're dealing with so much stress. I'm glad it's not to the point of panic attacks bc those are definitely not fun.Wishing you the best!
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Old 05-22-22, 08:49 PM  
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If you're open to considering qi gong, I highly recommend Lee Holden's Qi Gong for Anxiety: https://www.holdenqigong.com/product...g-for-anxiety/ . It is also available on Amazon.

How about some YT options? Can't beat the price and you can try different instructors to see who you click with - or not. All of these are under 30 minutes and most are under 20 minutes and several clock in closer to 10 minutes. I haven't done all of these videos, but have sampled videos from all of these instructors.

Yoga for Stress Relief/7 Minutes - Yoga with Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiKJRoX_2uo

Yoga for Anxiety - Yoga with Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJWArRfKa0

Meditation for Anxiety - Yoga with Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pLUleLdwY4

30 Minute Yoga for the Nervous System - Yoga with Kassandra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVqH6qPDdh0

10 Minute Yoga for Stress and Anxiety - Yoga with Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TuRYV71Rgo

Bedtime Yoga to Release Tension & Stress - Yoga with Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TQsfBYCyKQ

Bedtime Yoga for Stress & Anxiety - Sarah Beth Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S4WOgXyQMo

15 Minute Yoga for Anxiety & Stress Relief - Sarah Beth Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI-hKN-dVLY

Yoga To Alleviate Anxiety - yoginimelbourne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWdj49vzUZg

7-Minute Seated Qi Gong to Relieve Anxiety Naturally - Lee Holden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr5vt2-iaeo

Qigong Mood Lifter - YoQi/Marisa Cranfill (one of my favorite YT practices): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr5vt2-iaeo

There are boatloads of yoga, meditation and qi gong YT options if you just type in "yoga for anxiety", etc.

I'm glad to hear you're going to be able to discuss this with your physician to see if he/she has other recommendations. Best of luck with your appointment tomorrow.
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Old 05-22-22, 08:58 PM  
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Yin Yoga can be soothing. Have you tried any Yin Yoga? Here are a few to try:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCv4...helleGoldstein

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krhW...l=YogaWithBird

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdaY...awithKassandra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnvo...thMarisAylward
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Old 05-22-22, 10:24 PM  
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Apologies in advance if this is not relevant to you, but....

2. (putting 1st): May I ask if this could be hormone-related? I had what seems like very similar experience in my late 40s (now 52). I am a naturally anxious person, but I was having bouts of anxiety that would come on spontaneously with no catalyst. HRT (estrogen + progesterone therapy) helped a ton with that.

1. In addition to the various videos recommended, have you tried meditation? I have a thousand recommendations.
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Old 05-23-22, 04:36 AM  
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I know you requested yoga suggestions but walking helps me with anxiety. I listen to a book and between that and fresh air it really helps settle me down. Last November I had a really bad experience at work and I was so upset. I went home and put on my walking stuff and walked 4 miles. I cried the whole time and where it didnít fix my feelings it really helped settle me. It gave me perspective on the situation.

I hope the yoga suggestions help you.
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Old 05-23-22, 07:12 AM  
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I recently took a vacation from my vitamins/supplements to try to fix an annoying nerve issue. It had the unexpected effect of causing my anxiety to plummet to pre-pandemic levels.
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Old 05-23-22, 07:56 AM  
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I am a huge fan of yoga but I have actually found that Qi Gong is better at calming my mind. (snip)

Anyway, I'm sorry you're dealing with so much stress. I'm glad it's not to the point of panic attacks bc those are definitely not fun.Wishing you the best!
I'm concerned that learning something new will stress me out right now. However, I might check it out at some point soon, since you and at least one other believe it might be helpful.

Thank you for your concern!

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If you're open to considering qi gong, I highly recommend Lee Holden's Qi Gong for Anxiety: https://www.holdenqigong.com/product...g-for-anxiety/ . It is also available on Amazon.

How about some YT options? Can't beat the price and you can try different instructors to see who you click with - or not. All of these are under 30 minutes and most are under 20 minutes and several clock in closer to 10 minutes. I haven't done all of these videos, but have sampled videos from all of these instructors.

(snip)

There are boatloads of yoga, meditation and qi gong YT options if you just type in "yoga for anxiety", etc.

I'm glad to hear you're going to be able to discuss this with your physician to see if he/she has other recommendations. Best of luck with your appointment tomorrow.
Thank you for your "favorites" list! I will check them out. I know I could do a search myself, but was wanting favorite practices that VFers find helpful for relieving their anxiety. That way I don't have to wade through a bunch of stuff that might not be all that great.

My appointment is later today. Keeping fingers crossed that my doctor will have some helpful suggestions, too.

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Yin Yoga can be soothing. Have you tried any Yin Yoga?
I have tried some yin yoga. Thank you for the suggestions, though. I will check them out.

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Old 05-23-22, 07:59 AM  
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Donna -

I'm sorry your are dealing w/ anxiety! Aside from hormones, do you think it could be seasonal? Last spring, right when the clocks changed, I had a surge of anxiety that sounds very similar to yours - just a feeling of being very rev'd up.

Also, if you have had an season of stress, I think it takes your body some time to come down from it - if that make sense.

I generally find steady state cardio to be very calming - when I'm in turmoil I sometimes find yoga to make me more anxious - I know - weird, but I think it is the stillness whereas w/ the steady state the movement and rhythm help calm me - particularly long outdoor walks in nature. Basically, mindless cardio...

Hope you feel better soon.

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Old 05-23-22, 08:04 AM  
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Apologies in advance if this is not relevant to you, but....

2. (putting 1st): May I ask if this could be hormone-related? I had what seems like very similar experience in my late 40s (now 52). I am a naturally anxious person, but I was having bouts of anxiety that would come on spontaneously with no catalyst. HRT (estrogen + progesterone therapy) helped a ton with that.

1. In addition to the various videos recommended, have you tried meditation? I have a thousand recommendations.
I don't think it's hormone related. I've been through that, too. (I'm 63.) I've been having a particularly difficult time these past few months, so I really think it's related to my life circumstances. But I will definitely take it up with my doctor when I see her today.

I am considering meditation and I do have quite a few guided meditations included with several of my yoga DVDs, so I will probably start there. If you have one or two favorite methods, though, that would be great! (A thousand suggestions might stress me out, though!)

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I know you requested yoga suggestions but walking helps me with anxiety. I listen to a book and between that and fresh air it really helps settle me down. Last November I had a really bad experience at work and I was so upset. I went home and put on my walking stuff and walked 4 miles. I cried the whole time and where it didnít fix my feelings it really helped settle me. It gave me perspective on the situation.

I hope the yoga suggestions help you.
Thank you, Izzy! I am already walking (outdoors when weather permits and indoors when it doesn't) for exercise and I agree that it can be very beneficial in relieving anxiety.

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I recently took a vacation from my vitamins/supplements to try to fix an annoying nerve issue. It had the unexpected effect of causing my anxiety to plummet to pre-pandemic levels.
That's an idea! I have done that in the past for a different reason, but hadn't considered it for my anxiety issue. I will discuss it with my doctor today.

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