How to deal with the dread that panic attack will strike any moment?

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How to deal with the dread that panic attack will strike any moment?

Do you fear a panic attack? 

People sometimes have the impression that their experience of anxiety is like being hooked up to an electroshock machine.  It just takes a flick of the anxiety switch to cause a flood leading to a full blown panic attack.

All that happens is they keep suffering and keep finding the causes of panic attacks. They are 100% sure that they have a big heart blockage or a growing brain tumor.

People in this situation often feel that they are lucky to make it through the day without that switch been flicked. They fear that it could happen at any moment day or night. They remain on high alert anticipating it. Anticipating the big one!

This is because of 3 Thinking Mistakes that Worsen Anxiety.

In fact, most people who experience panic attacks fear it in this manner and that they have to deal with the dread anytime. It is natural for people to think this way as often the panic attacks come forcefully out of the blue.

The truth of the situation is, however, different. A panic attack does not lurk in the background waiting to pounce. It can feel that way in your mind if you are anxious. That is not how it really works!

Panic attacks are actually something we decide to initiate when we feel out of control. It begins possibly with a skipped heart beat or tightness around the chest. Then, your mind fires off a thought warning that these sensations are very unusual and signal a dangerous event that needs urgent medical attention or else.

The thought that triggers almost all panic attacks are:

“This is too much, I cannot handle this,” ……………Then the adrenaline starts to really pump.

“Ah I was right. Look my body is going into a fit…”

“I cannot deal with this dread”

“It is going to be deadly”

“I am terrified by what is about to happen…HELP,- PANIC… !”

How to deal with the dread that panic attack will strike any moment?

The severity of the panic attack is directly related to how you are feeling at that time. So this is simply the fear of panic which is keeping you stuck in the vicious panic cycle.

If you are exhausted physically, mentally or emotionally, you are more vulnerable to feeling anxious.

After the panic attack has run its course, it is followed by a prolonged period of general anxiety. During this time the person fears that the panic switch might go off again. At any moment this will send them into another tailspin of high anxiety. The emotional impacts of general anxiety are much deeper than imagined. 

When you feel this way it is very difficult to force a relaxed state of mind through willpower (as some other methods would have you do).

So what can you do to stop the mind overreacting to these situations and not initiate the panic attack?

How to deal with the dread that panic attack will strike any moment?

The trick is to train yourself to recognize these false signals for what they and thus shatter the illusion that there is a danger.

There is something very powerful in human psychology and that is the power of giving yourself totally to something.

By that I mean, when we make a resolute decision to go for something results are immediate.

In this case, you are going for the goal of an anxiety free life. You reach a point where you are completely fed up with this condition and that mindset can produce a real breakthrough. Remember anxiety holds us like a prisoner because we give it authority. We give it control because it threatens us with terror/death if we do not obey. In this situation, a person cannot even believe that there can be ways to avoid such a debilitating anxiety and achieve balance.

Turn this situation on its head. Really chase after the anxiety.

The anticipation of having a panic attack keeps you in a general state of anxiety.

So end the anticipation right now.

There is an element of throwing all caution to the wind to make this fully effective.

You abandon yourself to the fear of a panic attack.

The best way is to get really mad at the terror and say:

“OK come on Panic do your worst- and it better be very strong.

 I do not fear you. You are a bogus monster.

I’m not scared of you. You cannot defeat me. I have the daring to face you.”

The minute you really throw yourself into a panic attack it disappears. It disappears because what was keeping it alive was your fear of having one. Now, you don’t fear a panic attack so it is not going to happen!

Now you are not afraid in fact you are actually demanding to have a really Big Bad One NOW.

Do you fear a panic attack could strike at any moment?

Then DO it right now!

To make this really work you have to throw yourself at the anxiety 100%

-No worries, No concerns

Don’t worry about having an off the scale ‘gigantic’ panic attack. I bet you have already had the very worst panic attack you will ever experience again. That is because the worst panic attacks are generally always the first few. Because you have no idea at all what is happening to you.

Ignorance in those moments does not pay 

What I am trying to say is that there is no ‘ultimate’ panic attack waiting for you. It is just an invalid fake monster which intimidates you.

Trust and believe that you will always be able to handle the anxious sensations each and every time. You will.

What you get by following my advice is confidence that you can in fact easily handle the anxious sensations.

Confidence is so crucial to tackling this problem as you irrationally fear a panic attack. Anxiety is like a fog and we must travel through it. You have to deal with the dread, that is- confront it. It will take you beyond the fear of what may be on the other side.

When we fail to move through it, the fear will linger and limit us from achieving the liberation from panic!

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Also see:

3 Panic Attack tricks That Will Actually Make Your Life Better

5 Actionable Steps To Handle The Discomfort In Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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