Anxiety is a feeling of unease in your body that accompanies intrusive thoughts or worry. Panic is an intense state of anxiety that includes at least four of the following symptoms:
- Trembling or shaking
- Numbness or tingling in the body
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or light-headed
- Feelings of going crazy or losing control
- Heat sensations
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Pounding heart or increasing heart rate
- Fear that you’re going to die
- Feeling as though you’re detached from yourself
- Feeling that you’re choking
When panic first comes on it means that adrenaline has been released in your system. People may feel as though they’re having a heart attack, or that they’re unable to breathe, or that they’re going crazy. The feeling of a panic attack is so intense that people often go to the Emergency Room for help.
Here’s what to do when you feel panic coming on:
First: Tell yourself this is panic and that it’s adrenaline being released in your system.
Second: Think of what’s happening as a roller coaster ride that will finally come to an end.
Third: DON’T FIGHT THE PANIC.
Fourth: Allow yourself to “ride the wave,” using positive self-statements such as, “I can handle this.” “This will come to an end.” “I’m stronger than the adrenalin,” etc.
Fifth: Know that the feeling will begin to subside in about 10 minutes and if you don’t fight it you’ll begin to feel calmer in 20 minutes.
AHLways consider: What you do at the onset of a panic attack will determine whether it intensifies or decreases.
Have you ever had a panic attach or think you did? Please leave your comments below!