#Anxiety Attacks; Real and Present Dangers
Anxiety attacks are real and present dangers for those that experience them on a regular basis. Most people have experienced at least one anxiety attack within their lifetime. How can you tell if you are having an anxiety attack? You may experience one or more of the following symptoms; Symptoms can include shortness of breath, rapid heart beat, pounding in your chest, sweating, feeling that something terrible is about to happen or is happening, nausea, hot or cold flashes throughout your body, shaking throughout your body, chest pain, hands and feet may feel numb, burning or tingling skin sensations, irrational thoughts, fear of losing control as well as a number of individualized symptoms.
How to manage an anxiety attack:
The first step in managing an anxiety attack is to get to a safe space, that can be your car, a bathroom, your office or home; you must to an environment that you know to be safe.
After you are in your safe environment, decrease the amount of stimulation as much as possible, get away from people, turn down the volume on music, turn down the lights- think cool, dark and quiet.
Break the cycle of momentum, get a cold drink of water, wash your face or hands, take some deep breaths and try to break the chain of negative emotions flooding your body.
Use an affirmation of positive self-talk that you have been practicing over and over. Your affirmation may sound something like this "I am healthy, safe and secure. I AM in control of my life and my destiny. I AM empowered to make changes in my life today."
Call someone that you feel is a safe person that can de-escalate the situation and help you process what you are feeling.
Use a scent or essential oil that is grounding or calming if you are into oils. Go for a short walk to release some of the excess adrenaline in your body.
Debrief with a professional on the triggers for the anxiety attack and what you can do to prevent them in the future.
Anxiety is a natural part of life and can help you to become prepared or motivated for a life change. An anxiety attack is an unnatural distortion of motivating energy that needs to be attended to and harnessed. Anxiety attacks are a warning sign that something in your life is not right, the longer we ignore our internal warning signals, the more difficult it will be to neutralize that part of your life that needs to be changed in order to find peace.