Anxiety, by definition, is having a fear or phobia of the outcome and result of a situation. It is impossible for a happy and cheerful person to have anxiety. While the human mind is an amazing mechanism, it cannot consciously focus on two sources of stimulus at the exact same time. This is the same with your state of mind. You cannot be happy and have anxiety at the same time.
Symptoms of a panic and anxiety attack could include:
1. Having a hard time breathing or catching your breath.
2. Chest pains resulting from lung constriction.
4. Sweaty palms.
5. Irrational thought patterns.
6. Tunnel vision.
7. Passing out.
These symptoms are mainly physical symptoms. There may also be emotional symptoms that could manifest themselves. Recognizing these symptoms and clues leading up to a panic and anxiety attack will let you begin to manage treatment and calm yourself before a full blown attack shows up.
Not all anxiety is bad. When the mind sees danger or senses that the body may be in trouble, you will feel anxious. This is good. It is the continual anxiety that can be problematic. If left unchecked, continual anxiety will lead to repeated panic and anxiety attacks and eventually a disorder that may need to be treated by a professional. If you have an anxiety disorder or think you have one, please consult a physician.
When you learn to recognize the symptoms leading up to a panic and anxiety attack you will put yourself in a position to go through exercises and treatments that will help you deal with the situation. You will find that the treatment depends on the individual. Effectively halting a panic and anxiety attack may involve some creative exercises.
There are currently medications on the market that a physician or psychologist may prescribe to help with treating anxiety. That treatment path can be very effective.
The best tip for avoiding a panic and anxiety attack is to avoid the situation that causes the attack. It can be tricky to pin down the actual cause of the panic, but once you do, consider what your life would be like without that. Now, if it is your mom that is causing your anxiety, you probably can not cut her out of your life. But if it is crowds or flying, you can choose to avoid those situations.
Aside from medication, another good tip for preventing a panic and anxiety attack is to shift focus. Remember, the mind can only consciously focus on one thing at a time. By finding a quiet place, closing your eyes and focusing on something that makes you happy, you can actually convince your mind that you are calm, relaxed and happy.
Here are a few other quick tips to avoid panic attacks:
1. Eat healthy. Giving your body proper nutrition will reduce the chance of stress and panic.
2. Stay hydrated. Same as eating, drinking a lot of water will help flush extra junk out of your body.
3. Meditate. Practice every day focusing your mind. When you begin to panic, you’ll already be trained at focusing and you will be more effective when you sense a panic and anxiety attack coming on.
4. Breathe. Like drinking water, proper breathing will cleanse your body of toxins and junk.
5. Simplify. Get rid of the cell phone and pager as soon as your life allows. I don’t necessarily mean to junk them completely. Just don’t let them infringe on quiet times.
6. Stretch. Just look at how long those yoga masters live. There’s got to be a reason.