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I love to garden (any kind) and doing crafts. Going to the local harbor park and taking a walk along the water is calming to me. I love to read, but lately, have found it difficult to concentrate on the words on the page.
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I understand how you feel, I try to do progressive muscle relaxation once a day as I find it hard to relax


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You would think by watching tv it would relax us it doesnt especially when you watch it before you go to sleep.


or you just want to watch the next episode because the last one ended on a cliffhanger

always the way for me
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Doing homework, music, watching a TV series on my phone. But lately ASMR helps me to relax
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I have been doing a lot of drawing and crocheting lately.A friend of mine wanted to know if I could make her friend an afghan I said yes.She told me a couple of times about my drawings that I have a gift.How nice is that to hear?
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I live in the desert, so hiking, backpacking, camping, off-road road exploring, gold prospecting and anything like that are what I do with my free time. Honestly, while these things have always been a source of relaxation and escape, my panic and anxiety have been making these things not so good for a while now. I know I'll get back to enjoying these things someday.
I am sorry to learn you have been not doing those things you love. Would you say you have been isolating yourself in other ways too?

I am/was an avid outdoors person myself. I especially enjoyed and was passionate about kayaking. I have a great deal of money invested in it. The problem is I haven't for years. I once was paddling several times a week. But I lived in a locale surrounded by lakes and the ocean nearby. Here I am in the prairies. While there aren't a great deal of places to do so, there are opportunities. But I have been putting up barriers and finding excuses not to paddle. I crave doing so but I just can't do it. I cry and grieve over not doing so anymore yet I can't bring myself to do the hobby that once gave me basically a reason to live.

It gives me a great deal of anxiety. I panic about aspects of paddling that I never thought twice about before - like rolling the damn thing.

There is a difference though about the person I was then and the person I am now. I was, I am sure, hypo/manic during that time period in my life. Things are more under control now. Before I was spontaneous, carefree, and quite willing to take on risks for the thrill of it. I am quite the avoider of risks now.

What can we do to make change? I too am hoping to at least do a little paddling this summer. I hope you plan to do a little hiking. I have enlisted someone to do so with me. This then is a commitment to taking the adventure on. I am more likely, I hope, to stick with it.

Do you think then you could find a buddy to do these things you yourself are passionate about alongside you?

Great luck!
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I wish I could go down to my favorite place the Marina in Ct.it is so calming there ,my late husband and I use to go there every weekend.We once saw a car boat.WE laughed so hard because we were always talking about them.Seeing a car going into the water is so funny but nice.We would go down to dunkin donuts and get some donuts sit down there why we watched the boats go out .Even the birds are funny.One time I was sitting in the car I had my coffee in my hand but it is sticking out the window a gull came by and decide to relief itself in my coffee,needless to say I threw it out.You cannot go swimming there .It is also a park to .We would take walks along the park at one time they had a mini golf course.Every time someone did something a volcano would erupt.It was so nice.I cannot go anymore because I have nobody to take me.
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Drawing and playing video games, I also enjoy coloring , and reading. I love books! They all help me to relax
Same here to all, except I haven't drawn anything in a while. I love reading, can't get enough of books.
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I am sorry to learn you have been not doing those things you love. Would you say you have been isolating yourself in other ways too?



I am/was an avid outdoors person myself. I especially enjoyed and was passionate about kayaking. I have a great deal of money invested in it. The problem is I haven't for years. I once was paddling several times a week. But I lived in a locale surrounded by lakes and the ocean nearby. Here I am in the prairies. While there aren't a great deal of places to do so, there are opportunities. But I have been putting up barriers and finding excuses not to paddle. I crave doing so but I just can't do it. I cry and grieve over not doing so anymore yet I can't bring myself to do the hobby that once gave me basically a reason to live.



It gives me a great deal of anxiety. I panic about aspects of paddling that I never thought twice about before - like rolling the damn thing.



There is a difference though about the person I was then and the person I am now. I was, I am sure, hypo/manic during that time period in my life. Things are more under control now. Before I was spontaneous, carefree, and quite willing to take on risks for the thrill of it. I am quite the avoider of risks now.



What can we do to make change? I too am hoping to at least do a little paddling this summer. I hope you plan to do a little hiking. I have enlisted someone to do so with me. This then is a commitment to taking the adventure on. I am more likely, I hope, to stick with it.



Do you think then you could find a buddy to do these things you yourself are passionate about alongside you?



Great luck!
I certainly have been avoiding many things that cause me anxiety and panic. I had a panic attack and an episode of depersonalization last year while on a hike alone in a remote area. I lost a few hours of time and walked away terrified that this will happen again. This is the event that led me to finally seek therapy and address my mental health issues.

I too have great sadness over all of it because my backcountry treks were always my one source of solace and rejuvenation.

I have been going out with others for the last few months, and am trying to work through this fear. Like you, it feels so strange to be afraid of something that I've always done without a second thought.

I've always wanted to become skilled at paddling! I'd also love to get into rafting without feeling like I needed a guide. I live in the Southwest US and there are so many amazing places to go with those skills that are away from everyone!

I wish you luck getting back to your love! Thanks for the kind words.
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What helps me are playing my instruments, writing, and playing video games.
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