Oh it’s not for everybody

 Oh it’s not for everybody. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid to control anxiety. They called it “QR method” – breath in for six seconds, hold for six, exhale for six. Don’t know why it was 666.
That and cassette tapes where I was a “warm bottle in the sand” and “breath through my feet”. About 1983.
Oh and I controlled a computer with my feelings. Controlled a video game character and made gauges go up and down. It was cool getting some control over emotions while controlling a computer with my mind / heart/whatever was doing it.
I still practice it. Anxiety never goes away. But it’s mostly manageable.
Oh, no. It’s always ad-hoc. It doesn’t work if I had to schedule it.
I might have gone weeks without needing to do any of it because I don’t have daily anxiety I don’t think.
I’ve got it down to turning my head to the left, looking off into the distance, taking a deep breath and going back to work.
 What it helps with is uncontrollable worry. Being a chronic worrier is the problem. Imaging imaging every worst possibility for everything all the time from sun up to sun down in every situation?
It’s that.
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It’s a bit of quackery of course: depends on the placebo effect. But if you see yourself in control and believe yourself in control then for all intents and purposes you’re in control.
Quite clever actually.
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I’d say what helps me the most is prioritizing. I’m constantly re-prioritizing.
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