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    Family, glass fusing, wood art, cooking, dot painting, my sweet pup

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  1. I find it so interesting that there are so many similarities as my own in the responses I am receiving. I have never been able to do breathing exercises as they do worsen my anxiety. I have also found Toni Bernhardt’s book helpful. Distraction is indeed a major key to the dilemma called anxiety. The hardest times are those that come when I am unable to easily distract myself. I try to remind myself that this is my life, that it is what it is and I must find ways to navigate the “ weirdness” of some of the things that my mind and body now encounter as I age. Remaining positive is paramount thou
  2. Thank you very much for your reply. Like you I have found that allowing myself to relax is often a help with the anxiety. I failed to say I am 74 years old and had always led an active life as an artist, often pushing myself to the point of utter exhaustion because I had no idea why it was so difficult to keep pace with my peers and because I had a business to run. I am grateful for your suggestions of information resources. I will check them out. It is wonderful to be getting such compassionate feedback. Thank you! I wish you well.
  3. Thank you for your response. I am very sorry that you have had such ongoing difficulty with anxiety issues. I, too, find great comfort from my sweet little pup who seems so capable of reading my emotions. Recently I have been able to actually do a bit of gardening in the way of pruning bushes, something I have not been able to do for a number of years. It has felt wonderful to be in the sun and helping my husband with yard work as he does all of the major housework. The outdoor work has greatly helped my anxiety for at least some of the time for which I am very grateful. Over the years I have
  4. Hello, I have followed this dysautonomia forum for a number of years without ever joining. I was diagnosed with dysautonomia about 6 years ago by my cardiologist after failing the tilt table test ( where my BP plummeted but I never lost consciousness), and my cardiologist’s diagnosis given my symptoms. I have never passed out like so many others with this, but have been diagnosed with vasovagal syndrome (rather than syncope due to never having fainted). I have interstitial cystitis, IBS, RLS, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and crazy symptoms that take turns making life “interesting”. Due to bi
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