‘Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.’ (Gertrude Stein)
Do you suffer from panic attacks?
Did you ever feel that suddenly, the very earth beneath your feet seems to shake, your heart pounds so loudly you fear that it is going to jump out of your rib cage, you cannot breath and you are starting to sweat? And what’s more, your head is buzzing insanely like a beehive, and you feel like everyone is looking at you as if you are going to die. You cannot hold on any more… And then it is all over, thank God! – What was it? You feel absolutely exhausted and drained!
That is how panic attacks feel, but the question is what are you going to do about it?
The best way of dealing with panic attacks is to learn to understand them, to understand what is really happening to your body when these sensations take over.
Believe it or not, however, panic attacks do serve a positive purpose. They are a warning to your body and mind to slow down, to look after that important part of you. It could be that you need a major lifestyle change, or you have work problems that you need to deal with, or else you simply need to learn some relaxation or meditation exercises.
When you are having a panic attack the most important thing to remember is this: LET IT HAPPEN. Trying to fight it will only raise the already high level of tension. Learn to affirm in your mind that it will soon pass. Tell yourself that you are not going to die, and remind yourself constantly that this is just your body’s way of letting you know that you have to take care of it! Speak gently and softly to your body – the more comforting the tone, the faster your panic attack will go away. Remind yourself, that you are going to be OK. Soon it will all be over.
Allow yourself to close your eyes and visualise a balloon blown up very tight and hard – like your muscles, Imagine the balloon slowly deflating, as slowly you are becoming relaxed, concentrate on your breathing, breath slowly, deeply evenly…. Sense your whole body relaxing and before you realise it, it will be over.
And most importantly with everything connected with eating disorders – PREVENTION IS THE CURE, so learn to relax, and for that you will find a lot of other tips in our book!
Today no fear or doubt is too great to learn to control.
From ‘Recovery Now’ – 365 Daily Tips to help you to free yourself from ED, available on line from homepage or this link