What is Anxiety?
(including generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, PTSD, OCD, agoraphobia, nervous illness, nerves, overwhelming stress, traumatic stress, and other anxiety disorders)
Panic attacks are a part of our body's fight, flight, or freeze response. They reach their peak within a matter of minutes at which time they can be very uncomfortable and includes some (or many) of the following Anxiety Sensations:
Chest pain or discomfort
Nausea or abdominal distress
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
Chills or heat sensations
Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
Fear of losing it or “going crazy”
Fear of dying
General sense of dread.
Feeling constantly "on edge"
Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
An inability to be still and calm
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
Trembling or shaking
Feeling shortness of breath or smothering
Feelings of choking
This is not a comprehensive list of the sensations that you may feel when panic arises from your anxiety or PTSD, simply a list of some common occurrences. Since anxiety impacts nearly all of the parts of our bodies, we may feel any number of different things when we are anxious.
If you are reading this and thinking, "that's me alright, but what do I do now?" Then you have come to the right place!
Step one is to start teaching your body to calm down and begin living a more mindful life. Other factors may include diet, lifestyle, movement for healing anxiety, and many more which you will learn though our podcast, blog posts, and 1-on-1 coaching with any of our Anxiety Coaches.
Even Better, all of our Anxiety Coaching is done by phone or Skype so you can get help from wherever you are!
What could be more convenient than online or phone anxiety coaching?
Now where do you turn for Anxiety-Panic help?
We often look for a process or magic cure that will "fix" our anxiety.
We try all sorts of stuff, like:
eat special diet
drink medicinal teas
give up caffeine
cut our sugar intake
see a psychic
and just about anything else that someone, somewhere claimed on the internet to help with their anxiety.
consult a shaman
check out eastern medicine
find a guru
That is a pretty long list --right!?
Look, we're not putting any of that down...we've been there too. In fact several of those things are very helpful and good for you, BUT they don't take away your anxiety.
We have tried a bunch of that stuff. You'll even hear us recommend some of those things on the podcast as steps to help you out, but those are for more immediate and acute situations and for learning to calm down enough to get some perspective and begin to learn the truth about what you need to do...or NOT DO. The truth is we just need to learn to accept and surrender rather than fighting and seeking out something or someone to do it for us. Anyone who has recovered from anxiety will tell you, as soon as they stopped trying so hard, they started to feel better...and stopped caring so much when they didn't feel great!
Once we begin to let go and start "being" instead of always "doing" things begin to change. The reality is that the things on that list that help us the most actually lead us to acceptance and surrender.