How do you deal with your anxiety? I suffer from anxiety, and oftentimes I feel that I am on the edge (looking for medication). I know that in order to succeed in nursing, I must learn to keep my anxiety under control.
For those of you who suffer from anxiety, how do you "keep it together"? Any strategies or tips for those of us who are not yet able to control our anxiety?
Yes, you can take meds. I have an occassional severe anxiety, and I am on Lexapro (which I have to report to the state board in case they drug test me), but I also take Klonopin PRN, for test days, or other high anxiety days. My advisor told me all this was fine as long as I report it to the board. Other things that may help are any type of adventure sport, or extreme sport. I was running for a long time for marathon training, and this did wonders for my stamina and panic disorder. The idea is that the thrill and effort of achieving the unthinkable achievement exhausts your energy source and boosts your feel good chemicals. Running is so great: it's a natural high and you can do it anywhere. Hope this helps!
Last edit by TheBlackDogWaits on Feb 10, '13