If you’re human you most likely have suffered from some type of anxiety or panic attack in your lifetime.
I myself suffer from panic attacks on a daily basis and just want to share with you my research and what has helped me keep it under control…
When I first got a panic attack, I had no idea what was happening! I seriously thought I was dying and in my head I kept telling myself “this is it, this is how it ends.” Thoughts we’re racing, heart was pounding, i was Nauseous, dizzy and shaky.
Now you’re probably thinking…. ” you suffer with this everyday?” YES.
Anxiety and panic attacks are two totally different things from what I have found out.
Anxiety is overthinking things…. did I turn off the stove before I left the house? Did I lock the front door? Did I turn off my straightener? What if I wreck on my way to work? What if next week I get sick? What if next year I’m not where I want to be?
The problem with anxiety is you’re living in the future and not in the NOW. They classify anxiety as a mental illness….doctors will throw you on antidepressants so fast…. & let me tell you, they make anxiety soooooo much worse! Do not do this. Antidepressants are for depression…. unless you’re depressed this medication will not work for anxiety.
Things you can do that help with anxiety:
- Get rid of stress… bubble baths, glass of wine, massages, treat yourself.
- When you start to say what if… think but what are the chances of this happening? (Am i being realistic)
- Ask… Can I change it?
- Meditation (which I will post a new blog about meditation this week)
Now for panic attacks….
what I’ve been able to notice lately is when I feel a panic attack coming on is my mind starts to race…. this is normally the first sign I am about to freak out. When I notice this, I simply change my thoughts…..sing… think of what I have planned the rest of the day… get up and move around or stretch… anything that switches your mind off the racing & you’ll soon notice that you’re not in freak out mode anymore….
Yeah you could take medicine for panic attacks, which I do but in all honesty the attack is over with by the time the medicine even kicks in. No, there is no preventative medicine for panic.
We just have to live with it…
but some things that may help you next time you’re having a panic attack….
- Tell yourself, this will pass… I’ve survived plenty of these and I know I will be fine.
- Tell yourself you’re okay, panic is just your body being out of wack for the second.
- Tell yourself you’re not dying, this is just uncomfortable for the time being.
- Breathe… make them deep. (Most of the time I notice that I hold my breath.)
Favorite products for anxiety or panic attacks! Essential oils! Smells can take you to a “safe place.”
My favorites for anxiety are chill pill by aura cacia (lavender, chamomile, sweet orange) & frankincense.
If you’re going to take a bubble bath to wind down at the end of the day.. anytime I go to my local herb shop or Whole Foods… I pick up a few of these bad boys!
One of these packets lasts me about 2 baths! This is peaceful foam bath by aura cacia pure essentials. Love these things & they leave your skin smelling so good and soft.
Go get relaxed & forget about things for awhile!
I’m sure this won’t work for everyone but at least it helped me some and hopefully can help the next person!