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LilaBiene

Trad climber
Mar 9, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Following on GDavis...and sometimes what is missing is regular, adequate sleep, without which your body can't keep itself "tuned" (incl. keeping neurotransmitters in balance). Lack of adequate sleep leads to less HGH being released, which leads to the build up of all kinds of left-over garbage in your system (e.g., cortisol, which makes you feel awful). Forgive me for repeating myself, but sleep is highly undervalued.

There are any number of reasons that cause lack of adequate sleep, from the latest virus to stress to lack of sufficient exercise to lousy diet. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, one of THE most important "prescriptions" my doctor (my hero) gave me was to get enough sleep and to be vigilant about this. I have a great deal of respect for him because when I told him I didn't want the diagnosis (lol), didn't want any prescriptions, and ARGH!, I just wanted to know what to do to get better, he put the script pad down, leaned forward and gave me this advice:

1) Get 45 minutes of sustained, low-impact exercise at least 3-4, if not 5-6 times a week. I swim, and I second or third or...tenth everyone else here that suggested getting in the water. Even just getting in a small pool and kicking your legs furiously and working your arms to tread water until you get the fight out of you will work magic. Any kind of resistance activity, really, and you can't beat yoga, either. And obviously, when you're not on the road, you know what lights your fire.

2) Figure out how much sleep you need to feel rested. (If it takes a week or month or more of using something to assist you in figuring this out, do it without guilt.) After living most of my life on 3-4 hours of sleep (and frequently less due to chronic anxiety/depression), I now know that 9 hours of sleep is exactly what I need. I wake up without an alarm clock, without the desire to hit "snooze" and feel completely renewed. Once you figure it out, again, be vigilant in enforcing this boundary in your own self-defense. (I know it's hard when you're traveling, I don't dispute that.)

3) Eat well. When you travel, this is a huge challenge, but if you bring along some really healthy options (e.g., Vega nutritional shake powder, Laera Bars, Ultima replenisher for hydration) to make sure you get one extra meal in there that's really healthy, it actually makes a big difference. I avoid grains completely -- for whatever reason, my body hates them. Life without them is calm and even-keeled. No anxiety. No depression. Just pure flow. Also, I make a big bottle of water with Ultima replenisher, D-ribose and glutamine, and drink this throughout the day -- it's kind of like putting the best oil in your car -- this keeps your muscles, fascia, tendons/ ligaments, etc. happy, fed and hydrated (added benefit -- it keeps muscle spasms at bay).

4) Just make GOOD CHOICES. Wherever, whenever, whatever...of the options in front of you, choose the one that is best for you. This applies to virtually every aspect of "being". What I believed for 5 years was one of the most awful things that had ever happened to me (getting fired, which in the legal profession kills your prospects), turns out to have been a blessing in disguise. I was really sick with undiagnosed celiac disease and it was destroying me from the inside out; but I had been too busy pushing forward, working myself close to death (literally), to pay attention to all of the signs. I spent 4+ years in mental, physical and financial Hell before I figured out what was wrong by process of elimination (and finally disregarding all external, helpful "advice"). For the last 1.5 years, I have been slowly building my life, good decision by good decision. (Note, not "rebuilding", because my life before wasn't any way to live.) I have a contract job with no guaranteed length, without benefits, BUT I work for two managers that care and who treat me and everyone else they work with with respect, and the job is limited to 40 hours a week. When I walk out of the office to go home, the work doesn't come home with me the way it used to (eating up evenings, weekends, vacations, etc.). And the best part of what I'm doing now? When the opportunities to attend last year's Facelift and the Oakdale Festival arose, there was no pushback. My bosses were psyched for me.

I wrote elsewhere that I just had my 1.5 year FM diagnosis follow-up, and after following my doctor's advice, I am free of all indicia of FM. I share his advice because I think it's the best advice I've ever received. His advice provides your body and psyche with the optimal platform for living well.

(Off soapbox.)

Feeling for ya big time, and wishing you WELL.
Audrey
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 9, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Thanks for the post, Audrey. I believe with 100% certainty that your advice is bulletproof. If only everyone could turn a switch on and become so dedicated : ( Hope the best for ya.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 9, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Hey Lila, have you tried gabapentin for fibromylagia? Does wanders for me. (Some recommend weed;)
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Mar 9, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
My work is very high pressure and very high tech. I've decided that it is eating me alive, and I need to decompress big time. I used to go on summer long adventures, but a replaced knee has limited me. So I came up with the perfect tool, which is really not very expensive: A small cruising sailboat. I did a ton of research and decided on a 1973 Albin Vega, which has a good reputation for going anywhere, because they have. I got the boat for less than 15 grand. I'm heading out to Chesapeake Bay in early May for several months of non-stop sailing. Next winter will be my last year of work and then I'm off, baby. I damn sure won't be posting here anymore, or if I did, it would only be to rub it in..

Credit: BASE104
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 9, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
1973 Albin Vega

Mine is bigger ;} hehehe
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 9, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
Way To Go!
Way To Go!
Credit: Some "brave" soul on Google Images

Susan
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 9, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Susan you started it!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#293429
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 9, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
way to gooooooo
way to gooooooo
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 9, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#293431
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 9, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
I call "uncle"...! Jus' glad DMT is doing swimmingly. Anxiety is, well, I could think of a whole bunch of expletives deleted.

Susan
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 9, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
On the last leg of my journey home. Just flew out of LAX over Pt Mugu and then Los Padres, covered in snow. Sun is setting right now. Heading over California Valley and Carrizo Plain. Be home in a couple of hours. While my batteries aren't fully recharged they did get a deep cycle and I had an excellent flight back such a contract to the Plague Flight of last week. 75 degrees on Miami beach beat the hell out of snow in Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Hellooooooooooooo California!

DMT

ps. There goes the sun into the sea. Watched it rise over the Atlantic this morning.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:27am PT
DMT,Hope you liked Pittsburgh!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:30am PT
Hey Mark-

Wait for it.....




















































Yer gonna have fun!





























Smart assed bastard!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 24, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
not all trips suck, of course… last week I was in Boston (actually Billerica) gathering data with collaborators… for the trip I read a 183 page manuscript straight through, captivating and thoughtful. Occasionally I paused and looked out the window.

familiar places can look exotic from above…

the San Leandro Reservoir


Mono Lake


the Hudson River, south of Albany


the Connecticut River, the big bend is at Northampton


the Charles River, you can see Fenway Park!
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Nice, Ed!!!
enjoimx

Trad climber
SLO
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
Been struggling with Anxiety for the first time in my life. Been going on for about 4 or 5 months. Its almost like the Sobriety concept, you have to take it one day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time.

In March, I started having a panic attack while belaying my partner up a multipitch climb in Yosemite. The only reason i was able to maintain was because he wanted to bail, and I had an excuse to go to the ground. I think if he would have been psyched to keep going up, I would have panicked in a physical way. It was close, and scary, considering I plan to do a lot of long routes this season where bailing isnt always quick and easy.

It was almost like, being stuck at the belay, with the normal thoughts about where the route goes, how to descend, hows the weather, hows my hydration and blood sugar, all the factors you are constantly assessing when on a long route, THIS particular time they just overwhelmed me and I was starting to have a physical reaction.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 28, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
^^^^scary stuff there. Anxiety is absolutely crippling. I think far worse than depression...although the two are often linked.

Take care of yourself...if you need support, get it. Sometimes a threshold dose of some med to make yourself "available" for talk therapy. It can be conquered.

Best to you


Susan
SomebodyAnybody

Big Wall climber
Torrance
Aug 19, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Please can someone give me advice? I am posting under an anonymous username, but I am a climber of 10 years and do post here under my real name from time to time. I know a few people from this site, but not many. This anonymous post is for personal privacy, I don't want to be tied to mental issues when someone googles my name. I hope you understand.

I have never seen a psych of any kind. I am not depressed. I am not having hallucinations or hearing voices or things like that. I have become highly agitated, distracted, and angry. I find myself repeatedly imagining confrontational episodes and my responses. It is like living through imaginary arguments where I am trying to find the most cutting hurtful and forceful reply. And I go through these imagined scenes over and over and over, working myself into a frenzy. WHen it is at the worst, there are physical symptoms like disrupted sleep, sweaty hands, tension in my body, a feeling of impending doom, and that I may snap.

This is not related to family, and there are not children around, they live with their mom, and she is not the cause either. We are cordial and split many years ago on good terms.

I do not have any suicidal impulses, or self-harm of any kind. I do not use drugs or alcohol. I do not want to be on drugs of any kind, and will refuse any SSRI or depression type drugs. I do not have a high opinion of mental health professionals. But I need help, and I don't know what to do.
Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
Aug 19, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
See a mental health professional, or look for help on a Climbing Forum.
SomebodyAnybody

Big Wall climber
Torrance
Aug 19, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Thanks Dean, that was helpful. Maybe there are some puppies around that you can kick too.
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