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Tackling Nighttime Anxiety

Guys!

Something great happened for me last night and I’m really excited to share it with you.

I was having a bout of nighttime anxiety. My thoughts were racing, my heart was pounding a little faster than normal, and I couldn’t figure out what exactly I was worried about yet I was undeniably worried. (Geez, even WRITING about anxiety makes me anxious. Regardless, I must press on, for the sake of humankind!)

Over the past year, since learning some helpful and healthy ways to to cope with my anxiety, I have often referred to my various lists around my house to try and utilize one of the items. Go for a walk, shower, deep breathing – the old standbys that you can find on any anxiety blog post that has ever been written in the history of ever.

Sometimes, these techniques help. But honestly sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the anxiety seems to have too much control over me and I just can’t rein it in. Then it’s almost like the anxiety makes itself worse because I become anxious about not being able to not be anxious. COME ON!

Well yesterday, I tried a few techniques and they helped perhaps more than they ever have before. I went from what I would call (for my anxiety range) a 9-level anxiety to not only no anxiety, but a state of enjoyment.

You guys, are you hearing me?! ENJOYMENT.

I wish I could pinpoint exactly why this time was different. Is it the repetition and how many times I’ve tried the anxiety-reducing techniques in the past? Did they finally just click like muscle memory? Was this a random occurrence? Will it happen again? How can I ensure that it does?

I’m hoping it’s possible to reduce anxiety like I did yesterday again and again. If it’s something that can be improved upon, then man do I want to improve upon it. In an attempt to do just that, I’m gonna write out exactly what I did last night and I’ll try a similar combination in the future to see if it still works. I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s what I tried:

  • Deep breathing in a warm bath. I didn’t count the seconds to my breath which I know some people say is very effective, but it honestly bores me and reduces my chance of focus. I did, however, make sure the breaths themselves were full and deep. I even put my hand on my belly, which apparently aids in mind-body connection.

  • I watched a brief youtube video of a Berkeley professor speaking on the vagus nerve and its instrumental role in mind-body awareness. I think this helped me because it intellectualized something that was frustrating me, which feels like progress. I love to know people are solving problems!

  • I put on a face mask. It was one of those charcoal ones that dries on your face and makes you feel like you just had a face lift. Fun! While it was drying, I stretched. It was nice to know that I was combatting my anxiety with self-care as opposed to self-destruction.

  • I laid on my back for 5 minutes and deep breathed. That’s it. I was doing nothing but lying down and breathing. Super simple.

I think some key differences in this routine versus past attempts is that I DID NOT distract myself. I didn’t turn on a tv show, meet a friend for a drink, run 3 miles as fast as I could, or anything else that feels remotely like avoidance. I tackled the thing head on.

Also, I didn’t try and be productive, which is usually my go-to with anxiety. I assume that because I’m feeling an urgency I need to DO something. I need to be efficient, harness the bubbling energy into SOMETHING. I challenged this instinct and it paid off in a big way.

Do you experience night-time anxiety? How have you been handling it recently? Have your efforts been effective? What tools work best for you?

Looking forward to your thoughts,

McCurdy

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MikeTrue92
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I’ve had G.A.D. ever since i was 12, now 25, still trying to find ways to, not control it more like contain. I find being at home is probably the safest place to have an attack. I agree breathing and healthy distraction is the best way to try and deal. My struggle is in out-in-public episodes. If you find any tips on that please share. Thanks for the blogs!

Joey
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I do have anxiety issues. I hate night-time anxiety because it’s like you’re extremely alone. Although I am not a people person when anxiety strikes I hate being alone. I’m on medication for mine. I still get a little anxious at times and my technique is distraction lol. Maybe I should try yours. It sounds like it works better. I certainly hope it helps you in the future as well. Anxiety really bites.

Marlon_Rebrando
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Hey… First of all, happy (belated?) birthday. With that out of the way… Nighttime anxiety is surely a thing in my life. It seems to happen often, when I take the medicine I’m prescribed, a little while later it feels like the walls are closing in, and my heart starts racing and I feel awful. I have yet to find effective coping skills… I don’t know if this is the sort of thing you were looking for in a comment but here you go. 🙂

Mango
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The fact that it’s taken me ten days to respond to this probably says more about my anxiety than what I could come up with. I didn’t know if I had anything of value to contribute at first, and didn’t think it my place to speak on anxiety, but after a few days I looked up a few definitions and it turns out anxiety is something i believe I feel, well, 24/7. I just never thought to put that label on it. I think after feeling the things I’ve felt for so long, I’ve long stopped thinking of them as… Read more »
Mango
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I realised after posting that I was referring to anxiety in general, not just night-time anxiety, although I do experience that also. The nights are always the worst, especially if I’m alone, which unfortunately, is often.

Moizes
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I know this has nothing to do with the subject but do more songs and clips you sing very well and I like much of your songs

Vlad
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Happy Birthday Jennette McCurdy
25 you today.
Happy anniversary I hasten to congratulate you!
I sincerely wish you:
Happiness, joy, luck,
To be successful, everywhere.
Let all the troubles go away.

Let health you will have
Very strong.
Your life is let it be good
And bad probably out.

Konstantin
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Well, here she is sure to read the congratulation.
I do not know if she read my congratulations. I sent it to a YouTube channel.
I decided that this is not the best place and theme in which you can congratulate a person with such a happy holiday. But I join the above.

Taco
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Happy birthday jennette

Erik
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Sorrily this time there isn’t that much for me to say as I am still struggling with even finding out what exactly helps for me when I encounter my anxiety problems. Given, they are not night-time anxiety, and I am glad about that, but as stated before anxiety comes in many forms, as everyone is different obviously. You really seem to be putting a lot of thought into this topic and it would be nice if you actually did keep us updated if this routine worked out for you in the future again. As weird as it might seem but… Read more »
James
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I like to turn everything in the apartment off, light a very dim night-lite

Dp
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undeniably worried. (Geez, even WRITING about anxiety makes me anxious. Regardless, I must press on, for the sake of humankind!)…….IKR It made my body stiff up in a position really bad a couple times, some say it comes from over the counter pills certain medication, some would also say it has something to do with years of toxins built up, nicotine and caffeine… Years of it. Have to find away to draw the blood out, if not comfortable might I suggest a home physician that can draw blood and whatever that are lying in your blood with abscess amount of… Read more »
MetalHead-Drummer
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Great topic! There are times I would deal with night-time anxiety like at least 5 times a week a couple weeks a month, which some times keeps me up at night because I have so much on mind and It is difficult for me to clear my head. I some times even stress out over nothing, even though I rarely show it. I probably have it worse then you and its not fun and I wouldn’t want you suffer it as much as I do, You’re such an amazing and beautiful person and you deserve better. Anyway, during those nights,… Read more »
clutzy
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Perfect topic for me as most of my nights are full of anxiety. Kinda more then just nighttime for me so this is just speaking from all over. There’s a lot of different techniques I try, depending on the severity. My therapists likes to call this my ‘toolbox’ and every week she tries and gives me things to add to my ‘toolbox.’ Anyways. I think one of the first things I work on is regulating my breathing. I didn’t realize how important this step is until I started fainting during my anxiety attacks. Now I realize for some, passing out… Read more »
Moizes
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I’m very anxious too but that’s normal, you don’t need think to make many things fast just enjoy each second of what are you doing and do what you have first that what you want to do this worsen too much

Tamzin
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Thank you for this, Jennette. I don’t know why, but I feel like you’ve made such a difference to my life. I do feel inspired by you (check the YouTube comment on your latest video -my name is MyLifeAsMe Love_yes, it’s a bad name_-) but it feels like more than that. You have helped me through so much, without even knowing it, just by being who you are. I hope I can one day tell you all this in person, or at least via a private chat or something, but this will do for now. When I have anxiety attacks,… Read more »
Blitzygurll
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Night time anxiety, sort of. There are times where I stay up til 3, 4, 5 in the morning cause I can’t go to sleep because I’m thinking of so much. I think I’ve found listening to soothing music is really good. I am not the person who can just sit back and relax, I found that nearly impossible, so I occupy my mind with other things to “rest”. Anyway, that’s my bit,
oh..an aside…Can you create this website where Google+ is also one of the social links to sign on with?

David
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How about the anxiety when you feel love for someone and know it can never happen between the both of you ? The pain is real , the heart is on fire and can not be extinguished ! It sometimes hurts so bad that you no longer want to waste your time breathing air that can be better used for someone else .

Blitzygurll
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I totally understand your feelings, but I must admit, thinking of suicide is so stupid. Even if you never do it. All over one person, you feel you should end your life? I know love can be “strong” but I personally think it’s a sort of hindrance, it makes people go to great lengths to do something, and in the end, almost half the people in the world divorce anyway.

luis
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Since when do you suffer from anxiety? When you suffer from anxiety you have the same thoughts or are different every time? Do you think there was a trigger in your life or have you always felt this way?

Tamzin
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Anxiety is a disease that affects many people, pretty much everyone experiences at least a hint of it in their lifetime or know someone with it. It doesn’t need to be triggered, and often comes at random times, depending on the person. Nobody has the same kind of anxiety.

luis
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yeah… i know that, that’s why I ask personal questions.

Konstantin
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In my opinion too frank questions. But very reasonable.

Pawel
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I know you hate me for those links to phototrans. But forgive me

Taco
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Jennette my dear Everyone has angxiety so dont worry keep breathing and stay focused in what u do for living a big hug for u my girl

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