Not many people will truly understand the horrific nightmare that exists daily for those of us who suffer anxiety attacks. We try to explain to them why it scares us, how our pulse races, and we can’t quite get enough air into our lungs, how we feel oppressed by an unseen weight on our chests, and why we can’t cope with this.
Thanks to many Panic Away reviews, it has become clear that not only are we not alone, but that there are those of us no longer suffering from this affliction. What we fear during panic attacks are the constructs of our own minds, and nobody knows our minds better than we do. We create disastrous results, what if’s and drown ourselves in a misery of our own making and yet we can’t seem to break the chain of events that leads us to a full blown attack.
Sufferers with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) have lost friendships, relationships and sometimes even their jobs trying to handle something that only they can feel. Even an attempt to explain to someone else what it feels like falls short, because nobody else could possibly understand what it is like to live a day in your shoes, they are not the sum of your own life’s experiences, and have not witnessed all the challenges you have had to face and overcome. Nobody is qualified to give any advice on the matter, because of this simple irrefutable fact.
That leaves only you to take care of something that is completely debilitating and makes you feel entirely helpless. Only you know yourself well enough to control the causes of anxiety as they apply to you personally. Identify what your trigger is, and do find people you can talk to about it, whether through a journal, or a support group, even going to a therapist. Listening is what they do, and getting it heard, and out of yourself is a big step to healing. A support group can give feedback, and make it feel less lonely knowing that others are also going through this. That’s where the extent of the real outside help can come in. Believing that a pill, or a mantra will be your happily ever after cure for this is just giving yourself a crutch that cannot hope to last as life continues to batter away at your core.
Some people prefer taking the easy way out of their anxiety and taking a pill a few times a day, or when they feel that an attack is forthcoming, but the man made compounds in any pills can come with sometimes harmful side effects. Learning yoga can be helpful for a few reasons. First, it’s a form of exercise, and by the release of endorphins from our body, we can expect to feel good from having done it. Second, it teaches meditation and focuses on how our body feels down to our last bone, and in order to tackle anxiety, we must first be able to recognize it within ourselves. Continue reading