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Eliminating panic attacks
Did you know that 30% of the world’s population will suffer from an anxiety disorder or panic attack at some point in their life! That’s roughly 1 out of every 3 people!
And what about people who “suffer in silence”? Those of us who;
- Don’t even think they have an issue – they just believe it’s just who they are, or just the way they are!
- Don’t go to the doctors about it, for fear there may be something much worse wrong with them!
- Feel like there’s something wrong with them, because they feel unable to cope!
- Just get on with it – because this is just the way it is!
- Think panic and anxiety are just a part of modern day living
- Don’t admit they have panic attacks for fear that people may think that there’s something wrong with them!
Let’s face it, anything to do with the mind, scares most of us, doesn’t it? Even the medical profession have only begun to scratch the surface in relation to research about the mind and exactly what it’s capable of.
The Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Let’s just clarify some of the misconceptions;
Panic Attacks are NOT;
- something that you have to manage
- a mental health issue
- also having panic attacks does not mean that you’re losing your mind!
The Symptoms of Panic Attacks
The symptoms of panic attacks can be so intense - that it’s plain to see why we may be concerned for our general health and well-being.
In the mind
- Feeling worried all the time
- Feeling tired
- Unable to concentrate
- Feeling irritable
- Sleeping badly
- Feeling depressed
In the body
- Fast or irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
- Face goes pale
- Dry mouth
- Muscle tension and pains
- Numbness or tingling in fingers, toes or lips
- Breathing fast
- Passing water frequently
- Nausea, stomach cramps
Having a panic attack can be so intense and debilitating
Panic attacks can start, completely out of the blue!
The first panic attack can completely freak you out because you have no idea what’s happening to you.
A panic attack can be so intense that you sometimes feel like you are going to die. Sometimes people actually go to the Hospital because the intensity is so strong they think they may be having a heart attack!
You start feeling panicky, dizzy, pressure in your chest, shortness of breath, hyperventilating and feeling like you want to run.
You body is going into the “fight or flight” response, as your body perceives that it is in danger – as if you’re being chased by a bear!
Your symptoms are actually your body’s way of protecting you from this perceived danger. Although it certainly won’t feel like it!
And while this “fight or flight” response may be appropriate if we were actually being chased by a bear, it’s not really necessary in everyday situations, such as, going in an elevator, travelling on a train, or going to the shops etc...
It’s a behaviour pattern or habit we’ve formed in response to certain events or situations in our lives.
What are the causes of panic attacks?
So what causes us to start having panic attacks in the first place?
Although the exact causes of panic attacks and panic disorder are unclear, the tendency to have panic attacks can run in families. There also appears to be a connection with major life transitions such as graduating from college, starting a new job, getting married, having a baby, moving house. Times of severe stress can also be enough to trigger a panic attack, such as, the loss of a loved one, divorce, or losing your job.
Usually there is a pattern to anxiety and panic attacks; they are seldom random and are often accompanied by some form of stress or depression.
How to Stop Panic Attacks
So how do we actually stop panic attacks?
If you’re anything like me, before I started to look for a real solution, I didn’t even know that the way I was feeling was an issue, I just thought it was ME! I just thought it was part of who I was!
Panic is a learned response, it is a pattern of behaviour – something which you’ve learned to do automatically in response to certain circumstances, situations or events in your life.
And the best part is that you can change this pattern of behaviour. You can overcome panic attacks!
Stop Panic Attacks
So who am I and more to the point why should you listen to me?
My name is Barbara Smiles
I suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for almost 10 years. I can honestly say that those 10 years were the most stressful years of my life – so I suppose I should have realised that something was bound to give!
My life - during those 10 years;
- I went through a divorce
- Moved house twice
- Changed my job
- Was studying for my professional qualifications
- Helped nurse my mother at home for 2 years when she was diagnosed with cancer
- My mother passed away in 2007
If I’d only known about the causes and symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, at the time, I would have been inclined to do something about it.
I can honestly remember thinking to myself at the time;
- “Well, this is obviously just the way I am in stressful situations.”
- “This is just who I am.”
- “Maybe I’m just a weak person.”
- “Yeah it’s tough but nobody’s life is easy, is it?”
- “There’s no use complaining you just have to get on with it.”
All the other family members seemed to be coping so well, nursing mam and everything – I didn’t want to let them down. What the heck was wrong with me? I just had to keep it together. I had to get a grip!
Enough IS Enough!
The final straw came for me when I experienced my worst ever panic attack.
I was sitting one of my final exams. I was literally sitting with a 3 hour exam paper on the desk in front of me – we’d been given the cue to start – and I could barely remember my name – my mind had gone totally blank!!!
I was hyperventilating, was in a cold sweat, had palpitations and my heart was beating so hard, I thought it would break through my chest!!!
After 15 minutes of what felt like pure torture – I decided “I just couldn’t do it.” So I handed my paper in and left the exam hall.
I remember crying in the car on the way home - I was just so annoyed and frustrated with myself. After all the effort I’d put into studying for this exam – it should have been a walk in the park! I’d really let myself down BIG STYLE this time!
And then, as per usual, the negative self-talk started...
“What am I going to tell my colleagues at work on Monday” they’ll think I’m such a loser!!
“I feel like such a fool!”
“I feel so embarrassed”
“I’ve really let myself down”
And many, many, more besides – but I’m sure you get the picture.
On and on this went for 3 whole days over the weekend - the endless stream of negative self talk – making me feel even more anxious.
When Monday morning came, I’d wound myself up into such a frenzy that I was tempted to call in sick! But decided against it – knowing I would only be delaying the inevitable.
And after all that worrying and stress – it really was no big deal! My colleagues were actually very supportive.
So I’d worried for 3 whole days about this, blowing it up out of all proportion and for what?
That’s it “I’ve had enough” – I’m not letting this anxiety dictate my life any longer!
So when does anxiety become a problem?
Let’s face it anxiety is a normal part of life – especially when we’re learning new things, taking new challenges or new experiences etc... And that’s quite normal, in fact in some situations, our anxiety may even help to motivate us to do our very best. For example, if someone’s worst fear is that of letting themselves or others down, then they may just go and give the performance of their life, in order to make sure that they don’t let anyone down.
Obviously this hadn’t been my approach, at the exam attempt mentioned above, because I’d let the panic get the better of me. However, at the very next exam sitting, I was determined that “Come what may – I’m just gonna do it anyway.” And that’s what I did!
I’ll admit it wasn’t quite the walk in the park that I’d hoped it would be, but I never wanted to win prizes, just pass the darn thing! So I’d done what I’d set out to do!
Anxiety becomes a problem when it becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, such as riding an elevator or leaving your house. Or even when you’re experiencing fear and worry that are out of proportion to the situation.
Anxiety becomes a problem when it has taken over our lives, or is controlling our lives in such a way that we are unable to do what we want to do or what we would like to do – or even the things that we should be doing!
So what was the remedy - was there a real solution?
What I really wanted to find, was something that was really simple and effective. I decided that I didn’t want to go down the root of medication, because this only masks the underlying issue and does not resolve it.
I wanted to understand what was going on with me and find a way to resolve it!
I became so frustrated by the endless streams of advice / guidance/ and tips that only provide coping mechanisms?
They don’t ever get to the root of the issue!
Advice like this;
These tips just won’t help!
- Breathe deeply
- Distract yourself
- Think positive, happy thoughts
- Then wait for the anxiety to pass
Although these techniques may help you to relax a little if you’re experiencing mild anxiety. They’re unlikely to help at all if you’re having a panic attack!
Anyone who has experienced a panic attack knows that deep breathing alone does not solve the problem!
And trying to distract yourself, if say, you feel like you’re freaking out, or you feel like you’re going to have a heart attack. Or when you’re faced with an event, or a situation like a job interview and you’re in a state of panic.
Let’s face it when you’re in a full blown panic attack – trying to distract yourself would be almost impossible wouldn’t it?
All we really want is for it to end, to be able to breathe, to stop our minds from racing, from one horrendous thought to another. Or even, to just run away and get out of there!
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Finally after quite a bit of research I came across this super SIMPLE technique that not only works like a charm – it literally eliminates the symptoms of panic within MINUTES!
I know that may seem too good to be true and believe me this is no magic cure or anything of the sort. You have to be prepared to actually use the technique over and over again, until you get to the root cause of your panic attacks.
So what is EFT?
The basic premise to EFT is that all negative emotions are caused by a disturbance in our body’s energy system.
This is the same energy system which is used in acupuncture. There are 14 energy pathways in the body and these are called “meridians.”
So, when you experience a panic attack, these negative emotions are caused by a disturbance in 1 or more of your 14 energy meridians.
The EFT Tapping Points
So how does EFT work then?
EFT works by clearing out those disturbances from your energy meridians.
Very often, when you clear out the disturbances from your energy meridians, all of your negative emotions go away!
So, in the simplest sense, what we do is focus on the negative emotions you’re having when you experience a panic attack – whether these are caused by a painful memory, or something that is happening now, or something that is about to happen.
While focusing on the negative emotions, we tap on 9 of these meridians which impacts all 14 of the meridians – as some of these meridians intersect with each other.
While tapping on these meridians the tapping process will gradually release the disturbance in those meridians.
What you will experience is that the negative emotions that you had relating to the panic attack, which could have started out by being very intense – these will gradually just drain away until, most often, they’re completely gone!
Check it out for yourself
So how about you – have you reached your “I’ve had enough” of this anxiety, moment?
Are you ready to take action to understand what causes your anxiety and then to master the technique which will help you to manage your anxiety – instead of allowing anxiety to control your life?
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