Those large forces at work that I talked about in my Looking Forward post for the week seem to be hitting me with everything they got, leaving me tense, anxious, and shaky as all get-out. Times like this I really wish I could get to the gym and throw myself into some upper body strength training, but my asthma has kept me from it, even though getting out the adrenaline would go a long way to alleviating the anxiety.
So I’ve been trying a combination of things to keep myself from self destructing this week. It’s been so bad that I’ve been taking a prescription anti-anxiety medicine once I get home from everything (which tends to be rather late, unfortunately). When I’m out, I spray Aura Cacia Panic Button around me to calm me down. It’s not quite the formula that works best to calm me down (Origins Peace of Mind is wonderful, especially for night time).
Last night I also tried Anxiety Relief essential oil in a oil burner that I bought at The Body Shop. It really filled the room with a soothing scent, and I am pretty sure I’ll try it again. I had a bad experience at their store recently, though, so I’d like to find another source. (Looking for metaphysical supplies in the Minneapolis area? I can’t recommend everything at Magus Books enough. Hey, maybe they can find me a replacement essential oil.)
I’ve been suggested to try meditation or yoga, but while those are wonderful ways to keep my anxiety in check on a day-to-day basis, I can’t stay still long enough for its benefits to reach my already-troubled mind. I need to move. Swiftly. But I can’t while my asthma is so severe, so I’m at a loss and the rush in my mind keeps building.
So I’m not sure what to do. I may say “screw breathing and other plans” and head to the gym one of these days. Maybe that will even help my sleep.
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I understand exercising produces long-term improvement in breathing for asthmatics, though. And exercise-triggered asthma is the only kind that gets better, not worse, by more exposure to the trigger. So I vote you go to the gym anyway–you know your body and how much will be too much, though.
Indeed I do know my body and my asthma, and any has been too much these last weeks. 😉 I’m now finally at a point where I’m only a little short of breath walking around, so I’m gingerly heading back to the gym and very glad of it.
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