I had very disturbing news about my wife two and half weeks ago and have had anxiety ever since. Doctor gave me Zoloft but not interested in taking long term medicine. Any thing I can do without medicine, hard to sleep and focus at work. Exhaust myself with anxiety.

Anxiety is exhausting, and it is understandable that you are having trouble focusing. Medication won't take away the disturbing news and it probably will not help you focus, though it might numb the anxiety a bit.

It would probably be very helpful right now to give yourself a break, even if all you can fit in is a short one. An hour or two of time to yourself where you just relax and be kind to yourself can be very healing. For example, go for a walk, read a book, go visit a friend, go swimming...find something you enjoy and set aside some time specifically for that activity.

Some relaxation techniques specific to anxiety relief may help with mental focus. You can find several different relaxation scripts here: Anxiety Relief Relaxation Scripts.

I hope you're feeling better soon.


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