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Tuesday 30 September 2014

'I'm not bad in a crisis. It's the little things that stress me out'

Maia Dunphy

Published 11/10/2013 | 05:00

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Maia Dunphy

"I was always a terrible worrier as a child. I thought I'd grow out of it, but worrying tends to just become part of who you are, and you're better off embracing it and then learning how to control it.

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"I was prescribed Xanax in the past for anxiety and I suffer from bouts of insomnia, which can be hellish after a few days.

"I know what my triggers are now, and I'm getting better at keeping stress at bay.

"If I can walk for an hour a day, I know my brain shuts down better at night.

"I can err on the side of solitude a bit too much, and as I live alone most of the time, when I do meet up with a friend for a chat, I'm always reminded that I should do it more often.

"I probably used to de-stress with booze, and whilst I still will unwind with a drink, I try not to make it half a bottle!

"Having said that, pizza and wine with a best mate is one of the best de-stressors there is.

"I've just made a programme about anxiety, and a mindfulness expert called Anne Buckley told me we all have a pharmacy in our heads, which I thought was a great concept.

"Now all I have to do is learn how to activate the 24-hour dispensary

"Ironically, I'm not bad in a crisis. It's the little things that creep in at 4am that stress me out more. I keep Rescue Remedy night drops by my bed, and a notepad so I can write things down and hope they back off.

"There are some up sides to being a worrier; I probably eat twice what most of my friends eat and don't put on much weight. Every cloud!"

Irish Independent

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