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Anxiety and Panic Attacks, they are so nerve wracking

Updated on February 2, 2013

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Anyone who has suffered a panic attack, knows that it feels like pure hell. Chances are you also tend to be a person who has ongoing low grade anxiety, and when things pile up, so does the anxiety. Some people are just more anxious than others, I'd have to say there is a genetic trait for this from the articles I have read in medical journals.

Also a Highly sensitive person can experience far more anxiety than someone who is not as sensitive. I find that when life throws the big curves, and when I am trying to solve the bigger problems, that I am in a constant low grade anxiety state. I use many distraction techniques, to lessen the anxiety and some days they work, then it sneaks right up on me, and i find that it gets too much for me to handle. I find I cannot calmly think out , how am I going to solve this problem anymore and it feels like the problem is going to win. In spite of the fact that I have worked hard, and thought of so many angles to use as tools to solve the problem. When I feel like I am just banging into more walls,over and over I get ultimately frustrated.

Then the thoughts begin, on a more worried slant. "What if I can never solve this problem?" What if it is not solvable? Then I think well it may be out of my control, and I then just have to let it go. It is the What ifs that truly contribute to my anxiety. While working on a problem I like to see it resolve, and if it takes six months, I start to think there is something wrong with me. Anxiety builds again, and if I don't manage it, it can turn into panic attacks.

The problem with solving problems are that, if you have lived a few decades you know full well that the choices you make bear consequences. We all need to pick consequences that we can live with, yet we know from experiences that not all of them can go in our favor.

Growing up I never learned to be patient or believe in myself. This did not help my sense of self assurance and it did fuel the anxiety trap as well. The dysfunction in my upbringing, guaranteed that I would be prone to anxiety. So it has been a battle all my life. I did not know what it even was until it got so bad in my thirties and I had a mini breakdown. That is when I started to learn there was a name for it.


Calming the Anxiety

I did learn that to help slow down the anxiety, as well as the worrying thoughts, that mindful meditation can really help.

This is sitting calmly taking in four or five deep breaths and focusing on the rhythm of your breathing. After about five deep breaths the anxiety should start to relax in intensity, and the goal is to let thoughts drift by, like clouds in the sky, or leaves on a stream, just let them flow past, letting go of each thought. Focus back on the breath. Focus on just these moments. No past, not future, just now, here and now and on the breath.

Relaxing with this for a goal of up to fifteen minutes, can really relax the mind. The anxiety and worry diminishes, and you can decide to regroup and have another look at the issues calmly in time. By putting time between you can often think a little clearer.

Please share your experiences, and how you have handled your own anxieties.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for posting this. I have suffered from this for many years, it has had a big impact on my social life and careers. I've always been oversensitive and this has somewhat been a gift in relating with dogs in my profession. My hubby, my dogs and my passion to help others have greatly helped me getting out of the house. I still struggle sometimes but I am trying to figure out if there's a connection between panic attacks and hypogylcemia, so I am cutting all my sugar and refined carbs and see what happens.

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hello Alexadry, thank you for sharing , I know how debilitating the anxiety can get and certainly with social lives and careers, I think you are so wise to see that you really have a gift, and that your sensitivity helps you with working with dogs. They have such a high sense of knowing who the good and comforting people are, and they sure know how to pick out the people who freak them out, isn't that an amazing instinct they have, so sense a persons vibes so keenly?

      I wondered too if sugar levels affected my jitters, and I have cut down on sugars a fair bit, but they are so hidden in our foods. Let me know of your findings on this one :)

      When anxieties keep us housebound, that is when I knew I had to take charge and work with this thing, or I'd have never gone out the door. It is so awesome that you can work with the dogs, and share your gift. thanks so much for stopping by.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Hello Jaydene , All of my life .....anxieties , internalized stress , depression ......yuk! There seems no relief either , I often thought if I ever really just "lose it " I'm going for catatonic !.......lol......nice hub ++++...ed

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      jaydene 4 years ago

      Ed, there are things that can relieve it. I am not sure if you have looked into chakra balancing, but I have.

      To me it helps, as meds are not the first choice.

      I am preparing to write, on anxieties, especially internalized stress, that can surely lead into depression.

      I was just working on this next hub today, I hope to have it published, in a few days. :)

      thank you for sharing here.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Jaydene, I appreciate you sharing your findings, along with a personal angle to the piece. I also like how you added the "highly sensitive person" in there as having more potential for anxiety. I tend to get anxious, too, so I can relate to this, and find it's an ongoing battle to be calm and for me, trust God. Take care, and thanks for writing!

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi , Prairieprincess, I am glad you came by, Anxiety is a really nasty thing to have especially with the panic attacks. I do think there are so many of us that suffer with this.

      I am looking for holistic ways of healing the anxiety response, and i find it is working. so am working on my next hub to explain what i do that has been helping out a lot :)

      Have a calm day, remember to breathe slow :)

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Panic attacks are extremely distressing, not only for the person concerned but also for their loved ones. Great work, glad I found you, thank you!

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      thanks, I appreciate your comment, and i added you to follow your hubs, thanks again :)

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      jaydene 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I find the topic of anxiety is growing , I have been hearing it on the news and on television. Good indication that we need to work on this personally and with our families.

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