... wide awake... any advice
I just took 20mg of diazepam and usually it makes me go right to sleep. Instead I am anxious and?
Question posted by Addie4040 on 3 Oct 2016
Last updated on 1 November 2016 by Windchimes123
Wide awake...has this ever happened to anyone?Added 3 Oct 2016:
I usually only take 10mg or even 5. Can I take another 10mg? I took the last pill two hours ago
If this is a new script...
Check your pill bottle for a change in the drug company.
Keep a record of the meds you took today. You may have a drug interaction going on.
If these unusual incidences occur ...
Write what food you ate, meds you took, stress level of day, hours of sleep the night before, fluid amount you drank (fluids are important to aid in the absorption). Basically record your whole day as much as you can.
You are looking for patterns.
Only this way will you be able to monitor what the heck is going on!
Srrr taught some good techniques for coping.
Do this in addition. Just to make sure.
Do something involving thinking and your hands to distract you.
They are making so many new types of arts/crafts with new materials and you don't need experience. Remember Shrink Wrap? You can make some pretty cool jewelry. Anything to do the mind-hand thing. Get past the first hour and you should have broken the cycle.
FYI... Don't start it when you are in a cycle. You won't be able to figure it out. Plan ahead and learn how to do it on a good day. Keep materials together in a place convenient so you can just grab it. As soon as you feel it coming on, get started.
If you do follow up on this, I'd appreciate follow up. It's great for oncoming pain, anxiety attacks and when all else fails and you know you are not going to sleep.
I have never created anything. Ever! I found a site by Tim Holtz. There is something for everyone. I found that even playing with colors will relax my mind. If I make something... Great!
The college kids have taken up coloring books. Now they make elaborate coloring for adults. The kids find it's an easy way to get through the stress of school. Much healthier then having them do drugs!
Pinterest has free downloads so all you need are pens/pencils.
However, with pain and panic you WANT to think to distract you. Distraction is a recognizable treatment for pain. I used to work for 12 hours even though I got paid for 8! It was better for me than pills. Plus I went home exhausted and slept well.
The same principle applies to anxiety and panic attacks.
During such an awful episode is not the time to ideal first time to practice this, but for the future - mindfulness exercises are helpful.
Breath focus with attention on each inhale and exhale is one type of breath control method used for mindfulness (and it also doesn't have to be breath focused - if interested feel free to ask more) and the regulars are consistently in support of this (or other mindfulness practice). Once a person regains control of their inhalations and exhalations so their breath reaches a steady, regulated state, studies show this forces the central nervous system (a key player in feeling anxious or panic) to calm-down. It's not a magic cure, but with practice you can truly learn to gain more control when you don't have a medication option available, or you may become so great with mindfulness techniques you may even be able to reduce your dose (Drs orders only of course).
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