The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
Isn’t it interesting how we often misinterpret our bodily cues. For example: You scale Mt. Everest. And even if you just reached base camp you felt shortness of breath, chest tightness, heart palpitations and feeling faint. And you’re afraid you’re having a heart attack. When in fact, it is the thin air at such high elevation that truly caused all the symptoms. We have the tendency to overestimate the possibility of negative results.
This is the same when you have panic attacks. You will often react to your physical symptoms negatively because of inaccurate beliefs that we might die or lose control.
If you won’t do something to correct misinterpretation of bodily cues you will have repeated experiences of the same thing. It will become a vicious cycle. And it will spill into other areas of your life. You will become afraid of having another panic attack again. The fear of “fear” must be addressed. Or you will become a full-blown agoraphobic.
Here are non drug solutions to stop that irrational fear and get over your anxiety:
1. A member of the mint family the herb Lemon balm was used as far back as the Middle ages. Lemon balm induces sleep which is good if you have insomnia. It has calming and soothing properties which reduces stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Lemon balm if you combine it with other herbal remedies like hops, valerian and chamomile treat various kinds of wounds, insect bites and stings, bloating and indigestion.
You can buy lemon balm in bulk in dried leaf form as well as capsule, extracts, tinctures, tea, oil and cream form. Lemon balm has tannins which is responsible for its anti-viral effects and eugenol which helps soothes muscle spasms and numb tissues. Consult with your licensed herbalist first or your doctor if you are pregnant or taking other medications like thyroid medicines.
2. Take Royal jelly. It is a supplement that contains vitamin B12, acid folic and iron. These components fight any form of blood deficiency which can cause chronic illnesses. It is also a natural treatment for panic attacks.
3. Be your own best friend. When you find berating yourself for your boo boos, all that negative thoughts are starting to bounce in your mind. Clear your “internal chatter.” Quiet your brain by focusing on a mantra particularly when you are meditating. How would your conversation go when you are with your best friend? That’s how you should say the same things to yourself. Be good to yourself. If no one else will,then who?
4. Deal with your panic attacks on three levels ( mental, emotional and physical)
In the realm of emotional, learn various relaxation techniques. Always schedule mini-breaks and have down time as often as you can. If your day is stressful just sit on a quiet spot, deep breath and meditate. Or take catnaps. It can refresh you.
In the realm of mental-equip yourself with an index card full of affirmative statements like:
“This too shall pass.”
“It’s an inconvenience but not life threatening'”
So on and so forth.
On the physical or behavior level try to distract yourself in the midst of a panic episode.
Do something like: Talk to someone, sip iced cold water or slushies, slow your breathing.
The simple act of distracting yourself from your uncomfortable bodily symptoms will help you recover faster.
5. Regularly take your supplements of calcium, magnesium and Vit.B complex. They help support in producing GABA receptors that aid the relay of messages between nerve endings. These supplements are responsible for the proper function of the nervous system.
6. Yoga, tai chi, lifting weights, dancing etc. are all non-drug remedies that relieve anxiety, mood disorder and panic attacks. These exercises burn lactic acid and helps produce happy hormones called endorphin and serotonin. Get your daily dose of the happy hormones to keep panic attacks and anxiety away by working out everyday.
7. Watch the toxins, additives, caffeine, stimulants and nicotine in the form of cigarettes, nasal decongestants, alcohol, daily mug of espresso etc. These are all kryptonite if you are a panic attack sufferer. So stay away from them.
We all have stress. That’s a fact. We are expose to this thing called life. We have the tendency to buffer ourselves from stress and self-medicate through:
1. Having shots of tequila before sleeping.
3. Drinking mugs and mugs of coffee to keep you awake.
4. Over-stuffing yourself with comfort food full of additives and preservatives.
Just remember too much of a good thing is bad.