I've always had issues with elevated anxiety. I blame my tendency to always take on too much, then I get overwhelmed and my performance suffers as a result with all my responsibilities. But since losing my home in the Northern CA fires last year and having a son with a heart defect who has needed multiple surgeries and needs constant special care, I now have an intimate working knowledge of PTSD and what severe anxiety truly is.
Two weeks ago I hit a breaking point. I'm not sure exactly what it was, probably a combination of the entire family getting sick two times in a row, an emergency trip to the ER, and not having as much help with babysitting, but I started feeling a heaviness in my chest. I could feel my heart beating and I knew it wasn't good. I couldn't concentrate on anything or handle the smallest bit of stress without breaking down. After shouldering so much, I had finally hit my limit. I went to the Dr. and sure enough, high blood pressure and elevated heart rate. She got me on anti-anxiety meds right away.
I know it will be a marathon, not a sprint, to figure out if it will be just the right thing for me. Dosages may need to be tweaked or maybe another med would work better. So I stared looking up what I could do for myself in the meantime to help self mange. I came across this article.
It makes sense if you think about it. Anxiety flares up when you are overwhelmed and feel out of control. So if you give yourself something to do where you are in complete control, it might work as a sort of therapy. I haven't played The Sims since I was in college. Maybe I should think about taking it up again?
What do you all think? Has anyone had success using video games to manage anxiety? What else has worked for you?