Spirit asked me to do a re-post of a very early post I did many, many years ago on what an anxiety/panic attack is, how it affects our body and mind and how we can actually do something about it. Simply because when explained it loses it power over us, as all things do. Understand them and we can set ourselves free. It is something that will touch us all in the many stressful situations we find ourselves in, but because of its nature we don’t want to tell anyone because we don’t want them to think we aren’t handling something or are going crazy. And believe me, it can make you feel like your going crazy but when you see how it works in your body to make you feel as you do, you can take back that control you thought you had lost.
It is a strange beast anxiety, seemingly taking you when least expected and driving you insane with many things that do not seem related to anything but your mind…which makes it all the worse. But when we realise just what drives anxiety we see that it is such a simple thing but its affects can truly make you feel terrible and lost, and the more you worry about it the worse it gets. It is called a negative loop locking you into a way of being that can over time become chronic, simply because you don’t understand what is happening and afraid to speak to someone because of how you think they will feel towards you. But it is a very common occurrence, at the very least speak to your doctor or a counselor, they deal with it day in and out. But I must add that there are some conditions that affect the adrenal gland as well so it is important to speak to a doctor anyway to initially wean out that truth. And trust me, whatever is found, when you finally see what it is the relief is unbelievable.
So read on and understand what it actually is…and begin to live again, really live and be free of it once more…
The mind is an amazing thing. It has all the power that you give it. And we can create some of the most incredible things when we focus on something. But in one area its power can be very traumatising and debilitating by the affects that it produces. We all have fears in so many different ways and how we deal with those fears come in many different forms, but the one common denominator in them all is the anxiety that they all produce. Even reaching a point of what are called panic or anxiety attacks when a fearful event becomes imminent or even for no reason which can be quite frightening because you think your having a heart attack, it is that pronounced.
Well, after having been through a time in my life many years ago, where I also went through a stage of ‘The Dark Night Of The Soul’ and had panic/anxiety attacks all over the place, I found a small written piece about how to handle these attacks and with the current training for my Massage Therapy at the time (synchronicity is amazing), I was able to put two and two together and take control of my life again, and very quickly at that.
This is an important part for keeping your stress levels and health in a good place while you’re trying to find your way through a very trying time, and that is while the situation can be very emotionally and physically draining, you must keep your eating and sleeping in as good a balance as you can while you are dealing with everything. The emotional side of this takes longer to go through for obvious reasons but if you keep the physical side going well, it will support you while you are dealing with it all.
This next bit sounds like a biology class (but very brief), and it will help you to deal with what you are going through. The adrenal gland is always working in your body to keep you functioning normally, it helps in walking and a million other physical things to keep your body functioning well to do many things. And in dangerous situations it is a trigger of the ‘fright or flight’ response where it gives a huge hit of adrenaline, like when you almost have an accident or fall down some stairs so that it allows you to react quickly to that danger for safety. But while going through a stressful time you are teaching your adrenal gland to release adrenaline at a constant rate above what is normal, and you will recognise it by a constant sick feeling in your stomach. But under constant stress it can begin to fire up at totally odd moments like when your just sitting quietly and not doing anything stressful, and unless you realise what it is, it can be quite scary. This is what they call a negative feedback loop when we do something for so long it becomes normal. And some of the symptoms for this are: the sickness in your stomach, you can’t focus your eyes properly and your vision can become blurry, your heart rate increases, you start breathing faster, you start to pace (you actually want to lay down because your sick but if forces you to get up and do something/anything but where you are because of that fight or flight response), you get sweaty and feel hot, your mind is going ten to the dozen and all simply because of the adrenaline. And this can be exacerbated by other medical conditions like andropause/menopause or using other hormonal medicines (not a finite list).
This next bit is in how to cope with an anxiety attack regardless of your circumstances. I’ve never seen it not help someone wherever you are at in your journey.
And this can be used even if you have not reached the above severity of the above symptoms, you need to get into a habit of some exercise (walks or anything for at least 30 min) at the end of the day. It will burn up any adrenaline in the system so that you can sleep. Any adrenaline that is still there keeps you awake as its purpose is to get you ready to run, so it keeps you wide awake. Burn it off and this will also create hunger which you need to keep yourself strong physically. If your eating gets out of balance, so does your body, adding more stress to an already stressed situation. It may not seem much but you will be surprised in the difference a few weeks of this can make. Stay strong physically so you can support yourself emotionally going through this time.
Now this is the important bit…
Whenever you feel an attack starting to occur, totally relax your body down, take a seat, lay down or whatever position will relax you. (After a while you can actually relax your system down even while you are actually doing things…you will be surprised in what you can teach yourself to do). Begin by slowly relaxing your toes and focus on them relaxing for 20 seconds, then do the same for your feet, then lower legs, then upper legs, waist, chest, hands, arms, neck and head. While you are doing this, regulate your breathing to a slow intake and outflow of a medium size breath. Don’t breath like a bellows, that increases the oxygen and forces the adrenal to fire more and aggravates the attack. Force yourself to breath slowly and regular. As the attack subsides you will naturally reduce your breath rate to a small regular breath. If you focus on these things, you are in fact retraining the adrenal gland to stop firing and relax. You will regain control of your body and teach it to function at its proper level. IE: It will then only happen when you nearly tread on a snake…or your mother in law is coming over for dinner (I’m only kidding, mother in laws are beautiful 🙂 ).
Your body is only out of whack because of the stress that has slowly piled onto it and it loses its ability to respond under a normal circumstance. After you do this relaxation continuously whenever you feel an attack coming on, you will begin to notice the difference of how often the attack occurs as it will begin to get longer and longer between attacks, and the severity of them will be reduced. I began to feel the difference within 2 to 3 weeks and the realisation that you DO in fact have control of your body, and not the other way around, is such a huge relief that it gives you greater confidence and it begins to disappear faster.
And when you begin to take control physically, you then have the strength to support the emotional turmoil that you have been going through. It is now time to put something in place to enable you to deal with what has been the stress that has caused this to occur in the first place. First and foremost, dial a friend, even if for just support. They are worth their weight in gold. Secondly, don’t look at it as you have been, that has caused your predicament in the first place. Try something else, another direction, or even remove the stress if possible. But do not just ignore it, it is there for a reason. Your approach to it, even if it is coming from another person, needs to change because what you are doing is not working. You need to take control of your life, even if that means confronting something that scares you. Get support from a professional therapist or couselor to walk you through it first. Have the backup of friends.
And first and foremost, after you go through something like this, you begin to appreciate just who you are within. You see the journey you have been through, and see that you do have what it takes, you are a stronger person because of it, and you now realise you have what it takes to be that beautiful person within. You have gone over a hurdle that you have balked at for a long time. You are now YOU, and fully appreciate the love that you now give to yourself because of what you have been through. Take a bow my friend, for it is a journey to find that unconditional love that is within us all. I wish you well, and hope this information gives you strength to continue on your journey, as it did for me 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋