Hit a wall

17 August 2018 - 15:55

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I think Ive hit a wall and cant get past it.

My mind wont switch off ever, I am sitting trying to get some work done on a review I am working on and cant concentrate for long enough to work at it. It is easy enough work, just some statistical work and I know I can do it but my mind is going crazy about other stuff and I am going around in circles.

I just feel like I have reached end of teather, I try and walk away from stuff and clear my head, whether it is going for a walk, playing some football, even going to a quiz with my friends or something but my mind just wont switch off and really getting on my tits now.

If I take a day off, I still feel exhausted just because have so much going through my mind and dont ever feel relaxed. I know plenty of relaxing stuff, have used them in the past but nothing seems to be working.

Just having a wee rant, hopefully only temporary and mind mushiness will go away soon

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17 August 2018 - 17:02

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are you on caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, big sugar binges? cause they make your mind do this

17 August 2018 - 18:02

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No caffeine or alcohol.

I am on nicotene replacement (gave up smoking many years ago but still on the gum) and I have quite a lot of sugar in my diet but these both have been the case from a young age. I have cut down on sugar intake, feeling better for it. Maybe the gum having impact.

Just need a day of not worrying about stuff would be just awesome!

17 August 2018 - 21:18

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Well, you're making an effort to see how what you put in your body affects your brain. One time I ran out of milk for two weeks, skin cleared up, it was amazing. How is that gum working? I saw it at the store today. 

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Aaah thats good.

Yeah its going well, glad to be off the cigarettes! It is cheaper and better than smoking but should really get off the gum now too. Ill put more effort into cutting out sugar and nicorette and see if that makes any help. Wont do me any harm for sure

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Yes but its nicotine that causes anxiety as a withdrawal symptom. Just be aware your anxiety will rise.  

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I know how you feel, if only there were an off switch !!

I find that whilst I know I need to distract myself in order to help, it takes time for it to help and if I start thinking "is this working yet?" It just makes me more tuned into the thoughts.
So I just have to think that whatever I'm doing to try and keep myself busy may or may not work...and usually I can then get a short break from things

28 August 2018 - 20:36

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An off switch would be awesome, or even a snooze button

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It might sound cheesy but have you tried mediation? I like listening to guided ones coz it gives me enough to focus on to stop my brain from wandering off.

29 August 2018 - 16:51

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Interesting, but one thing a therapist should not suggest is, 'Be given a mantra or phrase to repeat to yourself or reassure yourself when anxious.'  That sounds like meditation to me.

1 September 2018 - 1:30

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I did try it once or twice before but I couldnt clear my mind and didnt really work for me. I know a few people that love meditation and have encouraged me to do so but I just couldnt get into it. I learned a lot of relaxation techniques from uni and actually used them on people in a previous job, I try them out from time to time but feel like my mind is in super overdrive and wont work.

It will all work out alright, maybe if I manage to take a few days off, I could have some me time and might help

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