One day I walked into a store at a shopping mall and while going through the clothing rails I suddenly felt like I was going to pass out and when I looked around they had no chairs inside the store. I felt like I was losing air and I became scared for what could happen if I passed out and strangers had to come try find out what is wrong with me because when you have an anxiety attack you feel like you are losing control over your life or going crazy. You have trouble breathing or may feel a choking sensation.
But I knew then that I could not let anything happen to me, I knew I had to find a way to walk out of the store and through the mall without passing out or looking crazy…..
I started to think of all that I had read about anxiety and panic attack and I knew I could still save myself. I started to take deep breaths and walked slowly out of the door and to my surprise as soon as I was out of that store I started to feel much better like I could still go inside another store. Then I realized anxiety does not have power to control my life, it needs me to know that I attract what I think about and that I have the power over how I want to feel and what I allow in my life.
Here are some ways one may experience a panic attack….
- Sense of impending doom or danger.
- Fear of loss of control or death.
- Rapid, pounding heart rate.
- Trembling or shaking.
- Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat.
- Hot flushes.
And all of that could be caused by
- Family history of panic attacks or panic disorder.
- Major life stress, such as the death or serious illness of a loved one.
- A traumatic event, such as sexual assault or a serious accident.
- Major changes in your life, such as a divorce or the addition of a baby.
- Smoking or excessive caffeine intake.
I personally have since adopted the below steps to bring myself back from any thought or anything that wants to interfere with my thoughts and how I want to feel….
The below steps have done a lot more for me than I think medicine could have….
- I use deep breaths
- Start by recognizing that I might have a panic attack
- Close my eyes as I take deep breaths
- Practice being present and being aware of my thoughts
- Find an object that I can focus on
- List things that I am grateful for
- Think of people or situations that make me happy
- If I am home nothing beats going out for a light exercise. During the warm up I already feel my mood lighting up.
Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has the ability to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood. – unknownDo not use exercise to change something about your body; use it to show love to yourself and your entire wellbeing.
Wellness is a daily process of choosing yourself over and over again.
Love and Light