Panic attacks! there seems to be different variations as to what people think a panic attack is and how they have experienced them but for me it’s the most horrendous and terrifying experience.
I’ve only ever had 2 from what I can remember and I count myself lucky for this! The first one was at school when I was in year 8 or 9, luckily I had teachers with me but I literally thought I had something seriously wrong with me. I had no idea what was happening.
It generally starts with me crying because something bad is happening (well in my mind it’s bad), I start to hyperventilate and then bam! My hands and feet start tingling and I automatically start panicking which is what I shouldn’t be doing, because I know what’s about to come. My vision gets blurry, I go all dizzy and feel really funny, I can’t control it and nothing helps other than someone physically sitting with me and telling me to breathe! Yeah my brain seems to forget that which is why it’s all happening. The worst part is my hands clench up and I can’t move them, I’ve had someone wipe my nose before and put a drink in my mouth because I can’t pick anything up. Yeah it’s not pleasant, it’s so embarrassing, especially when you come round and feel a bit more normal again. Trying to explain to someone what just happened is the worst feeling ever.
If you find yourself in a situation where someone is having a panic attack and you don’t know what to do, don’t panic yourself! Stay calm, hold their hand or shoulders and keep repeating it’s okay, breathe, and physically breathe in and out so they can mimic you. Keep repeating “in through your nose and out through your mouth”. You need to get that person into a regular breathing pattern so you can get them calm and in a state of being able to talk.
It can be quite daunting and everyone experiences them differently or not at all. I’m not sure why they happen as it’s all a big blur after but for me it’s mainly about catastophising everything and blowing things out of control, like something really bad is going to happen to me.
Other than the points outlined in my post about anxiety, I’m always on the look out for things that will help me. Surpringsly, my boyfriend introduced me to a few books that are seriously a good read and I hate reading!
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers, this was introduced by a counselling friend and is a good read, I haven’t read the whole thing yet but I will advise one thing, don’t expect miracles. When I picked it up I thought it would have a hidden treasure that I was completely unaware of that would help me with all my fears in life but it’s not quite like that, her strategy really is quite simple and useful!
Another book called Mindset With Muscle by Jamie Alderton, this isn’t all about fitness and getting ripped before you think what the hell. Jamie is ex military, but he’s just a normal guy like everyone else that has been taught some special skills and had experiences that everyone can most definitely learn from. He’s a real positive motivator and you can use all of his strategies and apply it to pretty much anything. I know one thing I loved and that’s his power walks in the morning so he can listen to his favourite podcasts or music, he said it gives him time to think about things and I just think that’s great, something I plan on adopting.
There’s so much more I could share but I would most definitely start following positive motivators on Instagram and Facebook like Jamie, it’s where you gain this useful knowledge by other people sharing it! Take advantage of the free information people are willing to put out there, it has endless possibilities.