Panic Attacks Explained And How To Avoid Them
Anxiety driven, panic disorder effect one in every seventy five people in the US alone. It isn't uncommon for a person experiencing a panic attack for the first time to be hospitalized.
The symptoms are scary to anyone that experiences it, affecting people with higher stress/anxiety even more so. The symptoms can include: a stabbing pain in the chest, shortness of breath (hyperventilation), uncontrollable shaking, sweating, or a racing heart.
As you start to feel the coming storm of a panic attack or sense your anxiety rising to dangerous levels, try this simple breathing technique along with this mantra.
Inhale, and say, 'This will not last forever.'
Breathe out, and say, 'The world is not going to end.'
Breathe in, and say, 'This feeling will pass.'
Exhale, and say, 'I am alright.'
You can tailor the statements to your situation, but try to keep them simple. Below are more examples of more in depth techniques. Remember that this affects many people you are not alone. You are also not weak or pathetic for going through this. You are strong and brave to be reading this, trying to take back your life.
When we say meditation, we aren't referring only to seated, passive meditations. We are also talking about active meditation as well. In both examples you are performing a task (sitting or cleaning the dishes) and breathing. Don't feed into any distracting thoughts or feelings. Concentrate on what you are doing, while you also focus on counting your breath.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Is a surprisingly successful technique where a person taps on certain areas on their body while concentrating on relaxing. This technique works quickly, has no side effects. For specific information on where and how to tap for best results, visit Dr. Mercola's website. Dr. Mercola is a therapeutic psychologist that came up and promoted this technique.
You can pick this supplement in any health food or grocery store. It is a magnificent mineral that can directly affect a person's mood, sleep cycles, muscle health, and reduces inflammation.
Many people are not getting enough magnesium in their diets so consider taking supplements or foods that are high in magnesium. Examples of these foods include: dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, bananas, dark chocolate and avocados. You should be getting at least four hundred mg a day.
Bach Rescue Remedy
This is a combination of five essences that help you stay calm, balanced, relaxed and focused. The five essences are taken from the flowers, impatiens, star of bethlehem, cherry plum, rock rose, and clematis. Created by Dr. Bach for use after or during traumatic or stressful situations. It comes in many forms: sprays, lozenges, drops, creams and tinctures. Pick it up at your local drug or health food store.