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    Hi guys,*

    How is everyone doing? I am starting this thread to ask if too much worrying is already an anxiety attack?

    I have been having a real tough situation way before this Covid19 pandemic happened - I resigned from work and started online freelancing. I am a single mom of a 12-year old boy. I am feeling stress from all sorts - family, financial, work, household chores - almost everything. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming followed by an emotional breakdown because I am way too overwhelm of so many things running in my mind.

    People shared their thoughts to be positive, to focus on healthier things, and yes, I have been doing that. But it seems I am still having a hard time.*

    What to do? Thanks! ;(

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    Hi guys,*

    How is everyone doing? I am starting this thread to ask if too much worrying is already an anxiety attack?

    I have been having a real tough situation way before this Covid19 pandemic happened - I resigned from work and started online freelancing. I am a single mom of a 12-year old boy. I am feeling stress from all sorts - family, financial, work, household chores - almost everything. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming followed by an emotional breakdown because I am way too overwhelm of so many things running in my mind.

    People shared their thoughts to be positive, to focus on healthier things, and yes, I have been doing that. But it seems I am still having a hard time.*

    What to do? Thanks! ;(
    Hi SweetChoco,

    I'm not sure what you mean by "an emotional breakdown" but whatever your symptoms are at that time, it's not really an "anxiety attack" unless it hits you very suddenly, and it might be related to something that you know isn't very rational. The attack might stop you in your tracks, paralyze you in effect, and you might sit/lie/stand there frozen in terror for hours, all because (I'm just pulling this up as an example) you stepped on a crack in the sidewalk.

    That, at least, is my understanding of an anxiety attack. Your anxieties are real, understandable in the real world. Most people hearing about them would say that they too would feel overwhelmed in those circumstances.

    The experts have tried to define anxiety attacks. I'm not sure how useful the typical definition is but here is one:

    https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/...ttack-symptoms

    Sometimes it's normal to be anxious. Even to have spells where we seem to fall apart emotionally. It's OK. We have to allow ourselves to fail sometimes. There will be a next time, and a next.

    I would say you should worry about your anxiety level if it's preventing you from doing the things you need to do each day in order to maintain your usual routines. If it's keeping you from accomplishing these basic functions (providing your food and shelter and clothing, getting you to places where you need to be, etc.), you should definitely seek professional help--preferably someone who can prescribe rx's for there are some helpful rx's for this condition.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

    "Always put off until tomorrow whatever you think you should do today." --Anonymous



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    ((((((SweetChoco)))))) ~

    Please be reassured in knowing that you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people, probably millions worldwide, are experiencing anxiety during the pandemic. They are struggling with the same stressful issues you are facing. It is extremely difficult to function when the world is upside down.

    My entire life has been one crisis after another, and anxiety should be my middle name. Being overwhelmed stops you in your tracks. I just want you to know that that is normal. Here are some of the tools in my coping box, which I hope help you ~

    Set aside a period of at least 5 minutes a day, preferably in the morning when you get up. This is YOU TIME.

    In a quiet, peaceful, uninterrupted environment, where you are sitting or laying down comfortably, close your eyes and begin with breathing. In through your nostrils to the count of 4, then exhale through your mouth to the count of 8. Repeat this a few times.

    Clear your mind from all that is troubling you, and imagine, visualize a beautiful place. What is your favorite place? A beach? The mountains? A meadow? See it in your mind. This is YOUR PLACE. Keep breathing.

    Now, beginning with the top of your head, relax every part of your body. Be aware, as your travel down your body, the tension in each place, and relax that tension. Your eyes, nose, mouth, shoulders, all the way down to your toes.

    Remain in this relaxed state for as long as you need. So, do allow yourself plenty of time to do this to get the full benefit. If you can give this 15 minutes, the more the better.

    Make of list of everything that is overwhelming you. Rank each situation in order of priority.

    All of it is important, but when you force yourself to prioritize, you are able to see how you might be able to accomplish at least one thing well, and the other things to the best of your left over energy.

    Recognize that you are only one person, and your aren't Wonder Woman or any other Marvel "hero", but you are a hero in your son's life.

    Your son needs you to be able to juggle a thousand things in the air at one time, but that is unrealistic. Just do what you can do to the best of your ability, and that is the equivalent to flying over a building.

    Make a daily schedule and do your best to follow it. Pace yourself.

    You can't do it all at once, so you have to find ways of scheduling house work with freelancing and raising and teaching your son.

    In the midst of chaos, order is required. I think of our homes as a reflection of ourselves. When my home is a mess, in need of cleaning and tending, I am a mess. But, as soon as I finish one project, I feel better. I actually remind myself of what I accomplished a few times, so that I can continue to feel good about it. "Yay Me! Look what I did today! Yay!" It's a good feeling to cross something off of your list.

    Tears and Laughter are important to release stress hormones.

    You need an equal dose of those every day. Let the tears flow, and don't be afraid to release them. Find something humorous every day so you can laugh, because it does work to balance the stress hormones.

    I do hope that some of this is helpful to you. It has worked for me for a very long time. I'm still here, obviously.

    Healing, positive energy and prayers on the way to you ~

    Love & Light,



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