A Holistic Approach to Panic Attack Symptoms
Dear Selfless Esteem,
I have panic attack symptoms practically every morning as soon as I wake up. I feel sudden, intense fear, my heart beats fast, and I hyperventilate. I feel better after a minute but throughout the day, my muscles are tense, I feel somewhat nervous, and my mind is overloaded.
Dear Scaredy Cat,
You’re not really a scaredy cat because it takes courage to reach out for help. 💪 Let’s address the following aspects: body, emotions, mind and spirit.
Taking Care of Your Body
You stated you are having panic attack symptoms; however, it’s important to first see a physician to check if there are any medical problems causing this. The doctor can make suggestions for treatment as well as referrals to specialists as needed.
At your physical exam, be sure to discuss sleep patterns, exercise, nutrition, and any substances you may be consuming, such as caffeine. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, you may be interested in the post, “The Best Ways To Fall Back Asleep.”
Healing Your Emotions
You expressed that you experience sudden, intense fear. I recommend finding a competent therapist, who can help you 1) explore the reason you feel afraid, 2) express your emotions, and 3) practice relaxation techniques. The therapist can also refer you to other professionals for any additional treatment modalities if necessary. See the posts, “What is Wise Counsel and Good Therapy?” and “Why You Need a Therapist ASAP.”
Journaling is another good outlet for emotions. You could even use your phone instead of a notebook.
Most likely, you’re aware of how music can influence your mood. You can use this to your advantage throughout the day. Here’s a video with over seven hours of relaxing instrumental hymns by Uriel Vega.
Another influencer of mood is the people you encounter. For this reason, identify your support system and spend time with encouraging people. An idea could be going to a spa with a friend and getting a massage to relax the tension in your muscles. For more ideas, see the post, “6 Effective Ways To Manage Stress.”
Easing Your Mind
You stated that your mind is overloaded. Here are some suggestions to ease your mind:
–Discuss with your therapist your fears, including any irrational fears.
—Practice replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts (Philippians 4:8). You may be interested in the post, “Defeat Self-Criticism.”
—Consider trying guided imagery, which is used to direct your thoughts to a calm scenario. See “What To Know About Guided Imagery” by WebMD to learn more.
—Take short, mental breaks from your work by doing an enjoyable activity, such as playing with your pets.
—Check out the post, “Is Media Affecting Your Mental Clarity?“
Strengthening Your Spirit
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
You can cast your anxiety on God because He is trustworthy and because He cares for you (1Peter 5:7). You may be interested in the post, “Finding Hope in Difficult Times.” And for more information about focusing on God, see the posts, “Why Selfless Esteem Is Better Than Self-Esteem,” “The Real Truth About God,” and “How To Pray in 5 Simple Steps.”
This brings me to the last (but not least) suggestion. Receive God’s love because His “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). ❤
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