Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wise Word Wednesday

I have a friend who suffers from anxiety and I asked her what she does when she has an anxiety or panic attack. This is her advice:

"Yoga breathing. Shut my door and take a few minutes to myself. Try to pinpoint if anything in particular has made me anxious and stare it down. 

 Recognize that anxiety is based on opinion rather than fact. 

If there is nothing in particular that is making me anxious just to recognize that is my brain doing it to me and that it is not something tangible that needs my worry so I can give myself permission to try to calm down and realize that if there is nothing making me feel that way then it will pass. It's a process. 

It's sometimes something trivial that sets it off that I don't even realize it's happened. That's when I really start looking at my thoughts. But sometimes it's nothing, just a vague sense of unease/panic. Awful.

 It will pass. 

Letting go of control of it has been helpful for me. My brain's chemicals are not something I can control right now so I will just allow myself to feel it for a bit. 

 Sometimes fighting it ends up fueling it."

I found this really helpful and I hope you do too. - Mare

4 comments:

  1. Very good advice, all suggestions add to our own personal arsenals for helping ourselves at difficult times.

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  2. Very good advice, all suggestions add to our own personal arsenals for helping ourselves at difficult times.

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  3. Super suggestions. Just feeling the anxiety or panic feelings and breathing deeply trusting that they will pass is something I learned years ago. As pointed out above, they are thoughts which don't have to control us. xx

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