As previously discussed in this blog series, having anxiety and an anxiety attack can be a frightful event; until you can better understand the situation and how to help yourself.
Earlier we were discussing some physical symptoms, and what they really mean. You are not having a heart attack, and you are not going to faint…But what about all those other symptoms that go along with anxiety?
In the midst of an attack, it is common to experience some other physical differences; your fingers or extremities may feel tingly, your vision may change (becoming blurry, seeing things as though from a distance or in a tunnel, etc.). You may begin to feel shaky, tremble, or feel sweaty. Do not fret; this is all due to the friendly “fight or flight” instinct that is, again, jumping in at the wrong time to help.
Think of this instinct as an over-concerned friend who tends to help in time of need, and meddle when she is not needed. In order to keep your instinct from fully taking over in a perfectly harmless situation, you need to understand where this is coming from…and analyze why your body is behaving the way it is. Telling yourself you are not in danger or seriously ill—because you know now you are not, and your body is actually functioning wonderfully and healthily—is very helpful to your peace of mind, and causing your meddling instinct to calm down. And, in time, go home completely.
Once you realize this fully, and take steps to calm your nerves, all the sweatiness and shakiness of stress will also disappear. Your heart rate and breathing will be brought back down to normal, and your emotions can be analyzed and kept in check.
Interactive Strategy #3
Create and recite a mantra:
What is a mantra? A mantra is a simple positive affirmation that you write and recite whenever you need support. Here are a few examples:
This is a temporary condition. I am calm. I can handle this. This too shall pass.
I am calm, focused and centered on being healthy in service to my family.
I am present and able to handle the challenges. My healthy body, mind and emotions will help guide me.
In our next chat, we will look at the feelings and emotions that accompany your anxiety, and how best to understand them. Join us to find out!
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