With the virus challenges at the moment, anxiety is on the increase and hospitals are being avoided. Do you think you have anxiety and/or panic attacks? Don’t end up in hospital with it, help yourself from home. Hospitals are to be avoided at the moment, and if your doctor’s surgery is anything like mine, it is phone appointments only, and they do not like to prescribe for anxiety or panic attacks.
Anxiety is pretty much a constant uncontrolled worry about what to others would be trivial or even non-existent things. One may worry and worry about bad things that may never even happen. A person with anxiety lives in their mind in a scary future where things keep going wrong. They may also worry about things that have gone wrong in the past. But mainly, a person suffering with anxiety resides in their mind in an unsafe future.
Of course, everyone feels anxious sometimes. For example, I do not know anyone who does not sometimes worry about getting to an appointment on time or paying a bill. It is when anxiety interferes with your day to day functioning that it becomes a problem.
Symptoms of anxiety include the following.
- Nervousness irritability, or an edginess
- Feeling as if things are going to go horribly wrong
- What I call “the beating heart”, a rapid heartrate. You may feel heart or chest pain, and it can feel frightenigly like a heart attack.
- Fast, shallow breathing.
- Shaking, trembling, or feeling physically frozen.
- Insomnia, or sleep challenges.
- Tummy problems or a particularly low or large appetite
- An out-of-body detached or unreal feeling, like you’re there but not really there.
- And with all this going on, it is no surprise that anxiety can make you feel tired and even exhausted, or that you may have trouble concentrating.
Panic attacks are like a sudden concentrated bout of super-fear, or terror. A panic attack can occur at any time, with or without obvious triggers, even during sleep or while watching an innocuous program on TV. A panic attack can feel like you are having a heart attack, dying, or losing your mind completely. They usually build up till they reach a peak at around 10 minutes, then they usually taper. However, people have spent hours in hospital with panic attacks, thinking it was a heart attack.
Again, we all panic sometimes. For example, if we have an important life-changing interview and realise we will be too late to make it, or if we lose our job just after making a huge financial commitment, or if a loved one (such as a young child or pet dog) has suddenly disappeared. A panic attack is different in that there is no obvious explanation as to why it suddenly came about with so much intensity.
Symptoms of panic attacks include usually four of the following.
- What I call “the beating heart”, a pounding mad heart-rate. You may feel heart or chest pain, and it can feel frighteningly like a heart attack.
- Sweating, including cold sweats, and/or feeling very hot or cold.
- Trembling, shaking, or a gripped feeling
- Feeling like you can’t breathe and/or throat constricting feelings, like you are choking.
- Chest pain, feeling sick in your tummy, or an unusual urgent urge to vomit or go to the toilet
- Dizziness, feeling like you are going to faint.
- Heavy arms and legs or tingly arms and legs, or what I call an adrenaline-like feeling in the legs.
- An intense out-of-body detached or unreal feeling, like you’re there but not really there.
- Racing thoughts about going mad or dying.
People often try to cover up their anxiety or panic attack symptoms, or they feel they should be satisfied when a doctor examines them and says they only have anxiety or were merely experiencing a panic attack. In reality, anxiety and panic attack symptoms need not be merely tolerated. They can be relieved and released. Treatments and self-help are available.
I have found EFT Tapping, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, or simply Tapping, an excellent aid for releasing anxiety and panic attack symptoms. Not only does this method work on the symptoms, but it can also be used to get to the root causes of the anxiety and panic attacks, healing from the root. You can learn everything you need to know from beginner to relief, with my online course “Banish Anxiety and Panic Attacks”, here – and if you are interested in self-help for anxiety and panic attack symptoms but need to read more about EFT Tapping first, simply get my free PDF “EFT How-to for You” at my site where I explain EFT instruction in ways that my readers can understand, https://www.EFT-Scripts.com – of course, you can just help yourself to both. Knowledge is power, after all.
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