We all have fears and worries but when they begin to dominate our life and our behavior, and become the focal point in which everything revolves, that's anxiety. Many factors can contribute; trauma, chemical sensitivity, caffeine, heredity, drugs, alcohol, lifestyle choices....If you cannot change the situation that is the focus of anxiety, try to determine a way of trying to change your way of handling the problem. Relaxation of the mind and body and stress reduction are key.
Anxiety is often vague and undirected, a sinking feeling that something terrible is about to happen. Unlike concrete fears (of illness or losing a job, for example), anxiety often stems from what used to be called borrowed trouble. Anxious people imagine worst-case scenarios and spend lots of time dreading things that may never happen. For persistent anxiety, seek professional counseling. But the natural remedies can help tremendously. Anxiety disorders are possibly the most common and frequently occurring disorders of the mind/body. They include a group of conditions that share extreme anxiety as the principal disturbance of mood or emotional tone.
Anxiety, which may be understood as the pathological counterpart of normal fear, is manifested by disturbances of mood, as well as of thinking, behavior and physiological activity. Included in this category are panic disorder (with or without a history of agoraphobia), agoraphobia (with or without a history of panic disorder), generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Anxiety disorders are ubiquitous across human cultures. The longitudinal course of these disorders is characterized by relatively early ages of onset, chronicity, relapsing or recurrent illness and periods of disability. Panic disorder and agoraphobia are particularly associated with suicidal tendencies.
A panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort that is associated with numerous physical and psychological symptoms such as:
* Shortness of breath
* Sensations of choking or smothering
* Chest pain
* Nausea or gastrointestinal distress
* Tingling sensations
* Chills or blushing
* Hot flashes
Panic disorder is about twice as common among women as men. Age of onset is mostly between late adolescence and mid-adulthood, with the onset relatively uncommon past the age of 50. Typically, an early onset of panic disorder carries greater risks of chronicity and impairment. Panic disorder also occurs as a familial condition.
Panic attacks are caused by irrational thoughts. Irrational thoughts are based on your beliefs. Understanding what your belief system is doing to create your anxiety is key to controlling your panic attacks. Beliefs that make us feel worthless, invisible, forgettable, self concious and doomed are all beliefs which fuel panic attacks.
Panic attacks are anxiety gone senseless! They are fear out of control. They are baseless fears that allow our emotions to get bigger than they really are. Self-esteem issues are different in different people. Although you may feel great about yourself in one area of your life, you may be extremely down on yourself in another. Putting oneself down with phrases like - that's impossible, - I can't, - I'm not good enough... are all beliefs which hamper our spirit and our means of becoming who we really are!
Positive affirmations or words of encouragement lend themselves to changing what we believe and who we need to become. Negative words that destroy our self esteem and block our growth are destructive patterns that create fear. This "self attack" helps to create an environment for self loathing and anxiety. Left unchecked, we create our own downward spiral which is the panic attack.
If you come under a panic attack. STOP. Use this mantra which has saved my life many times...
Panic Attack Mantra:
-I am not a victim.
-I am not a victim of my fears. I have power over my fear.
-My attack of panic will not physically harm me in any way.
So, my fear will not harm me in any way. I am in control.
-I am in control of my life, my destiny and my situation right now.
-I am strong and have the power to overcome this now.
-My fear is behind me. Nothing can harm me.
-I now come from a place of pure love.
-I deserve to live a full and abundant life... free of fear and anxiety.
-I love and honor who I am.