Second report (1) from a young man who practiced the technique from my handouts. He did not attend my classes and I did not give him detailed instructions. When I met him occasionally on business, I used to encourage him.
” I work in a stressful job where even taking time to walk away from a situation wouldn’t calm me down. At one point I was on three different medications for more than 2 years (3). I decided to try practice ‘focusing on breathing’ (2) because it was simple and I figured what could it hurt?
I started practicing it at night, so I could get proper sleep, then gradually moved my practice into my day. I made it a daily thing, even if it is just for a few minutes a day. I even found I was doing it with out thinking about it.
I could calm my mind more easily. Then I could go back to deal with a particular situation more clearly.
After a time of using the finger modes of the breathing technique (2), I was able to cut back one out of three of my mental health medications. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a cure all. I am still on one medication but one is a lot better then three (4). Plus with a clearer mind, I find my life in general more manageable, and I am finding I can enjoy my life again.”
(1) His previous report on insomnia
(2) How can I focus on breathing?
(3) Xanax – 10 mg – for Anxiety; Wellbutrin 20 mg for Depression and Prozac 60 mg for Depression
(4) Stopped Xanax and Wellbutrin. Now only on Prozac – 60 mg
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