The Panic Button
Sometimes we imagine things are more dangerous than they often are and as a result, we get triggered into panic. These triggers are like buttons that can easily and quickly set us off. Panic is a heavy emotional state that usually is accompanied by:
- The inability to breathe
- Tingling in hands or feet
- Feeling of unreality
- Feeling sick or actually vomiting
- A need to escape
- An overwhelming sense of dread or fear
- Inability to think
Panic can come in waves. If you experience one attack, you may experience several in close proximity. This in itself can be very distressing. The only way to deal with panic is to nip it in the bud.
Identify Your Triggers
Learning what triggers your panic is an important part of conquering your panic. Write them down if need be, so that you can remind yourself to avoid these things, situations or deal with them with awareness should you be confronted with them again.
How to Get Past Panic
If panic has already set in, the sooner you handle it, the better. One of the best ways to gain a sense of calm is deep and focused breath work with eyes closer and with your attention on your breath, and how it feels in your body. Another great way to calm yourself is to tell yourself you will survive, and that this anxiety is just energy and that it will dissipate. You can also do whatever you need to do to remind yourself that right here, right now you are safe. Look at your present situation, look around you, see that you are fine and that there is no crisis currently in this moment, at this exact time and in this exact space. Observe that everything that is causing the panic is a future imagined event.
It is to be expected that we will experience panic over the next weeks and months as we move past this global pandemic. Don’t be alarmed when it shows up. However, be prepared to recognize it and deal with it. The sooner you get out of panic and back to a rational state of mind, the better you will be for yourself and your family.
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