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Been cutting the s hit outta trees with my Stihl chainsaw lately. Looking like I'll be baling hay before all the rain that's coming due to Irma
 

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I would appreciate thoughts and/or prayers. There are a couple things going on in my immediate family (mother health and brother life choices) that have uncertain outcomes at this moment. I also have a couple of large projects at work approaching deadline, one of which I have convinced myself (likely truly) that I cannot complete.

I always think that I could do more and should do more in most every situation and often fail to accept a lot of things are out of my control. I am a high anxiety worrier. It is why I do not sleep well and often only sporadically. I sometimes wake up in panic attacks. It has exacerbated recently and my wife is concerned about me which only makes it worse for me. Anyways, I’m pretty stretched thin and in a bad way currently. Would appreciate prayers for my family and work. Thanks for letting me post this.
 

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I would appreciate thoughts and/or prayers. There are a couple things going on in my immediate family (mother health and brother life choices) that have uncertain outcomes at this moment. I also have a couple of large projects at work approaching deadline, one of which I have convinced myself (likely truly) that I cannot complete.

I always think that I could do more and should do more in most every situation and often fail to accept a lot of things are out of my control. I am a high anxiety worrier. It is why I do not sleep well and often only sporadically. I sometimes wake up in panic attacks. It has exacerbated recently and my wife is concerned about me which only makes it worse for me. Anyways, I’m pretty stretched thin and in a bad way currently. Would appreciate prayers for my family and work. Thanks for letting me post this.
I had panic attacks for a couple of years and it is no joke. Mine manifested as terrifying heart palpitations; I was convinced I was having a heart attack every time. And then it progressed to a self-reinforcing feedback loop where I would get in a situation where just worrying about having one would inevitably spark it. I had one in Neyland during the 2010 Kentucky game and thought I was going to drop dead right there.

The best technique I came up with managing it was to go outside (regardless of the hour or the weather) and walk vigorously up and down the street for a little while to elevate my heart rate a little. Your panic attacks are basically your brain triggering a primal flight-or-flight response and flooding your system with adrenaline, but instead of battling a tiger out in the jungle with a spear you're just sitting around or lying in bed. I found that getting my heart rate up to match that really seemed to help make those feelings of panic go away.

Now at the time I really had no excuse -- I did not have any heavy personal or work situations going on that prompted it. So it's gotta be harder for you because you're being triggered by real, important situations. Still, maybe the same principle still holds -- try going outside for a brisk walk, or just doing some jumping jacks beside the bed or something else that gives that adrenaline something to do. Maybe that could help you like it helped me. Eventually it mostly went away and now it only happens once or twice a year to me.

Hug your wife tight when it happens and let her help you get through it. It won't last forever. Best of luck with your family and work.
 

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It’s crazy about the panic attacks. I’ve been prescribed Zoloft since April because, like you Verc, I’d have attacks for no reason that would last FOREVER.
 
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Damn man. Keep your head up. I went through a stressful time earlier this year when I was waiting to find out about a promotion, and I finally just had to let it all go and leave it in Gods hands. Easier said than done, sure. But it was so much relief when I finally stopped trying to control every little thing.

We’ll be praying for you guys.
 

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I appreciate all the words, thoughts, and prayers shared and you guys. Also thank you for the recommendations.
 
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I cut mine off last year and now it's maybe just 2-2.5ish inches long but I groom it and use oils and balms now. It used to be buck wild like a Duck Dynasty beard.
Yeah I can’t get that crazy at work. I keep mine trimmed and they don’t hassle me about it.
 
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Tell me more about this heavy lifting...
A lot due to work, and then cleaning up the property, downing trees, brush, etc. Plus, I try to get in shoulder, chest, bi’s tri workouts in so it all adds up. And then every spare minute I have a 17 lb 10 week old is attached to my arms. Sooo it all adds up.
 

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