The Panic Attack. This is the monster of all monsters! Have you had one or two yet, then you know what I am talking about. The first time I had one I thought I was truly dying. I have never been so scared in all my life. The next morning my husband had to call the doctor for me, I couldn’t even talk about it without crying. The doctor gave me a prescription and told me “Good Luck”. That was it! I went home and looked up all the side effects & I was so scared to take it. That was the day that I was determined to find a way to “fix” myself, not just cover it up. I had many more attacks, it got to a point where they a few times a day.
Here are a few tricks I found:
• Keep moving
Burn off that adrenaline and negative energy. The longer you sit still the worse the feelings are. I like to empty the dishwasher, clear my desk or empty the dryer if I am home to get my mind off the feelings.
• Grab a snack
Keep plenty of handy snacks available. For me a cold apple often helped. There was something about the cold and sweet that calmed me. This keeps your mind and mouth busy. Chewing gum also helps.
• Drink a large glass of cool water
Do this just as the panic starts. Amazing how fast just water will calm your body.
• Try to relax!
Practice your deep belly breathing, shoulder shrugs or stretching.
• Use Aromatherapy
I would often keep lavender lotion with me & apply to my arms and neck when panic would arrive. Lavender is shown to kick start that relaxation response.
• Call a buddy.
Find someone sympathetic to your needs that will reassure you that you are ok. They also need to be a good talker. My mom and friend Patrice were good at this. I could call any time of the day & tell them it was an attack and they would know how to handle me.
• Know the pattern & flow with it. Laugh at the Panic, it won’t hurt you!
I know it’s easier said than done. But after a few you know when they are almost over. When you refuse to show fear, they seem to be less intense.
• Listen to our podcasts or read our blog.
This will remind you others have made it through. It’s all going to be OK! We have been exactly where you are!
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• You are not alone!!
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