Has this ever happened to you, out of the blue, for
apparently no reason at all? You suddenly start
experiencing any or all of the following symptoms:
shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort such
as tightness, lightheaded, dizziness, faint, palpitations,
a pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, a
choking sensation, nausea or stomach cramps,
numbness or a tingling sensation, chills or hot flashes.
Then you experience a fear of losing control or going
crazy and even a fear of dying.
If you suffer from anxiety, then you already know that
you are having an attack. If you are experiencing most
of the symptoms above and do not know what is
happening to you, there's a good chance that it is an
The first thing you should do is to have your doctor
check you out. Do not be afraid to have it checked
if you think it's anxiety. At one time, people would
feel embarrassed when they found out that it was "all
in their head". But it's not all in your head. Anxiety
and panic attacks are real and you'd be surprised
to learn how many people suffer from this condition.
Sadly, many suffer quietly at home, too afraid to
venture beyond their safe place.
I have had anxiety attacks on and off for over 20
years. My doctor told me it was anxiety, but I was
told to simply try to relax.
Over the years, more has been learned about anxiety
and panic attacks, as well new drugs have been
developed to alleviate them.
But the drugs only mask the symptoms and they come
with many unwanted side effects. I was also told that
I would be on the drug for two years, then I would
have to stop taking them and go through withdrawal.
So I stopped taking my prescription after a few days.
I decided that I would have to find a way to stop the
Here is what has worked for me. First, make the
decision that you are going to take charge and be
anxiety free. Imagine how it would feel to always
feel good, to be able to go anywhere you want to
go, to stand in crowds or in line-ups and be calm
and relaxed just like everyone else. Remember,
thoughts do create and if you keep thinking about
the attacks, they do get worse.
Do deep breathing exercises as often per day as you
can remember. Breathe deeply through your nostrils.
Breathe not only with your chest, but take a deep breath
and expand your stomach. Exhale through your mouth.
This seems to work much better than exhaling through
your nostrils, but you can try it both ways to see which
works best for you.
I have learned that deep breathing is a good practice for
anyone. It helps to increase your oxygen and rid the
body of toxins and increase your energy.
Your doctor will tell you to eliminate coffee, tobacco and
alcohol from your lifestyle. This is good advice, however,
if you feel that it is too much to ask of you at this time. I
have some suggestions to follow so that you can still work
on your goal of being anxiety free without having to give up
so much at once.
You can start out by cutting back on your coffee. Too
much coffee can make you jittery and bring on an attack.
I still have my coffee many times throughout the day, but
I only drink a half cup at a time. So I have cut my intake
in half and it feels like it gives me the same lift as drinking
a full cup.
If you smoke, but feel that you cannot give up the cigarettes
at this time, do the same thing as I did for the coffee. When
you want a cigarette, only smoke half at a time.
I chose to eliminate alcohol altogether. Even if I only
drank a small amount, it was enough to guarantee an attack
the next day. Alcohol does effect people differently, so if
you find that alcohol does not always cause you to have an
attack the next day, still try to reduce the amount you drink.
Exercise can help a lot. You do not have to do strenuous
exercises. I practice Qi Gong. It caught my attention when
I read how it can stop anxiety. The exercises are easy, even
10 minutes a day can work for you. It has for me.
Qi Gong exercises are energy work. When you have an
energy blockage in your body, it will cause dis-ease. By
practicing Qi Gong, you remove the blockage and you
can feel better rather quickly. When you practice Qi
Gong, you not only heal your own body, but you increase
your energy so that you can heal others. I have seen some
amazing healings with Qi Gong. So it was no surprise that
it can cure anxiety, too.
Another suggestion, which is rather interesting, concerns
the stimulation of the "amygdala", which is a small almond
shaped organ in the brain. You actually have two of them,
one on each side of your brain.
I learned about the amygdala when I stumbled across a
website that told how by stimulating them with your thoughts,
it would increase your awareness, intelligence, etc.
There were times when I was feeling good that I would feel
a sensation on my forehead. It would be a tingling feeling,
or like someone was lightly touching my forehead with their
hand. That is the same sensation that I can produce at any
time now by putting my attention on my forehead.
What is interesting about the amydala is that there is a
method for curing anxiety, panic and phobias that says that
the amygdala is responsible for those conditions and that this
fact has been known for many years and is common knowledge
among scientists the world over.
So there could be something to it, based on my own experience.
I still make it a point to focus my attention on my forehead around
the area of the amydala everyday. You might to give that a try
The thing is, you don't have to suffer from anxiety and panic
attacks. And you don't have to settle for addictive prescription
drugs in order to feel better. There is an abundance of help
available to you and it is all natural.
I wish you much success in your healing!
Written by Susan Norrad, editor and publisher of
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