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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Coping strategies for anxiety and stress

    I know there must be threads about this here somewhere but I wanted to start one I kinda got a buzz from starting a thread and people using it. hehe*hides*
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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Ok ill start:

    I like to do these when stressed/anxious/sad/depressed

    Imagine myself on a relaxing beach
    Write my feelings down
    Paint or draw my emotions
    Work out or run
    Shower
    Listen to MGMT Time to pretend
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    INFJ - The Protectors

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    INFJ - The Protectors


    Playing guitar or tuba (works miracles against hyperventilation), reading, going for walks.

    I also watch movies to calm down. A few movies that work for me are Lost in Translation, Shadowlands and Brokeback Mountain.

    Also, cancelling appointments (personal, not work) helps for me. If I feel stressed, I 'hit the brakes' and cancel my obligations and appointments and find time to be alone.
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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Northwind View Post
    Playing guitar or tuba (works miracles against hyperventilation), reading, going for walks.

    I also watch movies to calm down. A few movies that work for me are Lost in Translation, Shadowlands and Brokeback Mountain.

    Also, cancelling appointments (personal, not work) helps for me. If I feel stressed, I 'hit the brakes' and cancel my obligations and appointments and find time to be alone.
    I admire that you hit the brakes and cancel obligations I tend to get bogged down in things and end up with no time for being a lone maybe I should try that.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    When im down.. stressed or feeling krazy with anxiety. I get to blasting some music, sometimes to drown it out, somtimes to scream with the feelings.. Music keeps the stress away. But when even words become noise to me, i turn to post rock and write it all down.
    writting helps alot, but it can be stressful to find the words when the noise in ur head becomes too much to hear anything.. your chest might ache ur head will rage.. nothing some wisky and some old school rock can't handle.
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    INFJ - The Protectors


    Quote Originally Posted by Orpheus Black View Post
    I admire that you hit the brakes and cancel obligations I tend to get bogged down in things and end up with no time for being a lone maybe I should try that.
    I tend to think of them as the emergency brakes on a train or subway. I don't know if you have those stateside (which I assume is where you live) but here we have emergency brakes on trains. You pay a heavy fine if you pull them without a reason.

    But on my 'train' I am allowed to pull the brake when I fear derailment. And I will.

    I've been very ill (burn-out syndrome) with stress. Nothing's worth letting yourself get that ill.
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    INFJ - The Protectors


    I engage in activities that I enjoy "flow" in: painting, running, meditation. Not to mention expressing emotions - I enjoy things along the lines of The Happiness Advantage:

    5 Tips from Shawn Achor:

    1. Write down three new things you are grateful for each day into a blank word document or into the free app I Journal. Research shows this will significantly improve your optimism even 6 months later, and raises your success rates significantly.

    2. Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours. This is a strategy to help transform you from a task-based thinker, to a meaning-based thinker who scans the world for meaning instead of endless to-dos. This dramatically increases work happiness.

    3. Exercise for 10 minutes a day. This trains your brain to believe your behavior matters, which causes a cascade of success throughout the rest of the day.

    4. Meditate for 2 minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out. This will help you undo the negative effects of multitasking. Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.

    5. Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising another. This significantly increases your feeling of social support, which in my study at Harvard was the largest predictor of happiness for the students.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I´ve discovered recently, that talking about what´s bothering me with someone who really gets me helps me a lot. I don´t have to do a lot of explaining and once I vented I can move on and do what I always do.
    I can relate to those who´s said that writing and watching movies help.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Ohhh gawd. This is definitely something I battle constantly. I have yet to find solutions but you have to remember that all of this comes from the head. I think it takes a lot of practice because it's something you have to learn how coax yourself especially if it's social anxiety or panic attacks where you have to deal with it in the moment. If you just take a moment to calm down and think, "Why am I feeling this" or "You need to chill and reassess the situation. It's not as bad", that usually does the trick for me. I have to evaluate what's going on and understand why I'm reacting in the way before I can calm down and continue about whatever it is that I'm doing. Most of the time, it's usually me just overacting in the situation.
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