How to Heal And Restore Yourself Through Panic Attacks
Q: I have panic attacks often. I don’t know if medication is the right answer for me. Do you have any suggestions to help me figure this out?
First, it can be dangerous to respond to anyone before finding out the entire situation, and I’m not a physician who can diagnose. If I were in the same room with you I’d ask you several questions about your current situation and what your thoughts are surrounding it. Since we’re a half a world apart, I’ll respond to you here as I believe many people would benefit by your question.
Yes, I believe with all my heart that we can conquer panic attacks without drugs, however, I cannot determine whether meds are right for you so you’d have to check with a physician.
For the sake of those who don’t know what a panic attack looks or feels like; your heart gets thumping fast and your skin feels like its crawling. Sometimes it feels like electricity racing through the body and its difficult to breathe. When fear races in through the mind it controls the actions of the body and makes you feel like you are dying.
Panic attacks are not a life threatening emergency but they can be very scary.
I view an attack like an opportunity to rewire your brain and break the cycle.
There is a saying; “When emotions go up, intelligence goes down.” Panic attacks can remove intelligence in the moment because it removes all creativity in the mind. Once your mind creates a strong pathway down a fear-driven place, it will control your feelings in an out of control way.
During the years of my recovery from a traumatic brain injury, I use to believe the thought that I would be a burden to my family for the rest of my life. This thought would create panic attacks in me. My thoughts and words greatly affected my feelings, because our thoughts and words affect all of us at all times.
I believe the greatest thing you can do for yourself is to understand that your panic attack has a cause, a belief behind it, or perhaps many beliefs. When the brain is being over stimulated by certain thoughts of fear, doubt or worry, it needs to be calmed down.
So you might wonder what things I did to help calm myself down?
Here is what I did without medication or heading to the ER.
First – I noticed what was happening inside my body and what I was thinking in my mind.
Second – I laughed out loud even when I didn’t feel like it. It releases serotonin.
Third – I ran in place or went outside while singing my favorite song.
Fourth – I put my feet in warm water and say how soothing it feels out loud.
Fifth – I turned up music that was happy and would sing to it as much as possible.
Your brain has the ability to grow during these times. It’s a gift to use every moment of every day. Your more joy-filled thoughts can open new pathways when you choose to interrupt negative thought patterns. By changing your physical state and by putting positive thoughts into your brain in the moment, your mind regains control and becomes a powerful soother for the nerves.
No matter who we are, how rich we are or what bloodline we have, every one has the ability to create new pathways in their brain. Its time we work toward that end through proper diets, exercise, rest, sunshine and pleasant thoughts.
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