Life is hard, day-to-day, moment-by-moment, things can go from sugar to shit in an instant, and sometimes it even goes from shit to sewer. What does that get us? A lot of stress and two results of stress are Panic and Anxiety, there are more, but we will focus on those for now.
Panic- A physical and mental manifestation of frantic thought and action to escape a perceived threat (stress)
Anxiety- An emotional reaction to perceived threat (stress)
(These definition are my own and not found in any dictionary)
Now we are on the same page.
What do we do when we experience Panic and Anxiety?
Me, I identify the physical, emotional, or mental problem I am experiencing, such as panic and/or anxiety. I evaluate what is causing this problem, and then I get away from the stress triggering the problem. Then I am able to deal with the panic and/or anxiety.
(For this section, I will refer to the stress as a trigger.)
There are many ways to deal with panic and anxiety; I will tell you what works for me.
- Get away from the trigger
- Be aware of no longer being exposed to trigger
- Use deep breathing to calm respiration and heart rate
- Sit or lay quiet, still and relaxed
- use physical activity to burn adrenalin if necessary then try sitting or laying quiet
- sleep off the adrenalin Jag
I find that any combination of the above will work in any given situation.
The truth is you can be ever vigilant and panic and anxiety can strike at any time.
Be self-aware and monitor your physical, emotional, and mental states several times a day. In order to deal with a situation you have to be aware there is a situation.
Today’s “New Me” Resolution is to be self-aware and vigilant in my self-monitoring.
How will you make your life better today?