At any moment.....It can happen!
At any moment, it strikes; like pending doom, you feel scared. Your heart races because, of course, you're thinking at any moment you will pass out. I know the feeling, and that my friend is called having a panic attack. A panic attack is a form of anxiety that will onset at any giving time, which will be very frightening. I suffered from having panic attacks in 2008, and not much after that, but after my mom's recent death in December of 2017, they have come back to haunt me. Recently I was in the gym, and as I began my workout, I was attacked. Fear filled my mind, I became dizzy and felt out of control. I tried to keep my calm so no one would notice me, and immediately called my husband who came to the gym and comforted me. Anxiety is no joke and can appear at any phase of our lives. I am so blessed to have the support system that I have and taking the step to receive counseling to help me through my grieving process.
If you are experiencing repeated panic attacks like me, reach out for help. I am not afraid to tell my story and express my emotions, because it's genuinely how I am feeling and what I am facing at this point in my life. Some other tips that have genuinely helped me to gain control of my panic attacks are to first, breath. Focusing on your breathing relaxes and helps to calm you. Secondly, I think of positive things; I see myself calmed and happy. I even picture me playing around with my kids. Next, If I am in a crowd, I would try to find a quiet place. When my panic attack happened at the gym, I went into the locker room and sat down until my husband arrived. Doing that helped me to control the attack and clear my mind from noise and distractions. When I am having a panic attack, I have to remind myself that everything will be okay and that this too shall pass with a small prayer of thanksgiving. If you are suffering from panic attacks, know that you are not alone and it will get better; Self-care is the BEST care!