• I have a psychological tick I think. Anyone else feel like they have to be moving and doing something all the time?

    Asked by IHaveCancer on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    I have a psychological tick I think. Anyone else feel like they have to be moving and doing something all the time?

    At work, I feel like I'm not getting enough done, like I'm running out of time each day. If I take off and try to relax, I feel like I should be working and getting things done. If I'm at home I feel like I should be fixing something or getting the next "honeydo" done. I can't seem to just relax. My Wife says I need to turn the squirrels off in my head, but I think the switch is broke. Anyone else feel like this since their diagnosis? I wasn't this way before.

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    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Are you on Steroids?????

      about 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Funny that my wife says the same thing to me about the squirrels! I can sort of feel where you are coming from.

      about 1 year ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I was going to ask the same question Barry did. When I was on steroids my friends would laugh at me. I would text my former work friends and invite them to lunch and I would send a long list of the menu in detail. They would say yep Sandi on steroids again. I would also be at Walmart at 7 am buying whatever I needed for whatever project I decided in the middle of night needed to be done. I do have to say my house never look better.

      about 1 year ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Could it be because you were "down" for a while fighting cancer and now making up for things that didn't get done?
      It's hard to find a new balance after cancer.

      about 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I am not on steroids, but i do have a compulsion tk be busy and accomplishing something most of the time. I have trouble slowing down and relaxing.

      about 1 year ago
    • HDW's Avatar
      HDW

      I'm the same way- I think it's partly anxiety, and partly the feeling I need to make the most out of each day, and not waste it.

      about 1 year ago
    • HDW's Avatar
      HDW

      PS, by staying busy, I'm not thinking about the cancer all the time.

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have somewhat like this all my life but it really ramped up after a cancer diagnosis. I think it was because the word "cancer" is synonymous with mortality. We get the "so much to do, so little time syndrom. I tend to overdo then crash. And there are lasting after effects of cancer
      I do have trouble turning the squirrels off. In fact because I have this concussion I have had to turn them off Dr.s orders. The main exercise I was given was; every hour go to a quiet place and close your eyes and empty your mind. For me I need to be as comfortable as possible so I laid down in bed and put a dark colored towel over my eyes and tryed to focus then straight ahead. When thoughts started happening, I imagined a window wiper washing them away. You could imagine squirrels and wipe them away. When I started it took me 20 minutes to completely relax the brain now I only need 10 minutes about 4 times a day. This little exercise is helping a lot. I probably always be a little like this though. It is part of the New Normal.

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Those squirrels will drive you nuts.

      about 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      HEY my Wife says that to me all the time! Turn off the squirrels she says.

      about 1 year ago

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