• Recovery from Panic Attacks: Do not count Setbacks

    Himanshu Dani

    The process of Recovery from Panic surely has setbacks!

    Have you ever wondered why people often experience setbacks when they begin to tackle their anxiety and want Recovery from panic attacks?

    Setbacks happen because, as you face your anxiety and the situations that make you feel uncomfortable, the avoidant/protective side of your personality becomes active.

    When you decide to tackle your anxiety issue head on, recovery from panic attacks will definitely happen.

    Your protective side doesn’t like taking risks and feels better when you don’t put yourself in situations that make you feel anxious.

    It’s the part of you that says:

    “Let’s stay in our comfort zone today. At least we’re safe here.”

    This part of your personality has your interests at heart, but you know deep down that a life cocooned from all adversity doesn’t lead to happiness.

    When you begin your healing journey, it’s all new and it can feel like you’re moving into unknown territory. You quickly master areas of your life that were causing you problems.

    Your protective side takes a back seat and watches with suspicion as you make this progress. Then, after a while, your protective side becomes more active for fear that, with all this progress, a great fall must be just around the corner.

    As you move upward and onward, your protective side gets scared and tries to put on the brakes. This creates a conflict and fuels feelings of anxiety.

    The feelings can be very intense and might be similar to what you’ve experienced before such as panic and general unease or there may be new sensations never experienced before.

    You might have been doing really well for a week, but then your protective side pops its head up and says something like this:

    “Okay, well done. We’re not worried about dizzy spells anymore -fine. But what’s that ringing in your ear?”

    “That sounds like trouble to me . . . LET’S GET WORRIED.

    “No panic attacks in a week-great. But don’t be fooled. That means a really BIG one is about to pounce!”

    These thoughts undermine your confidence. Suddenly you’re feeling vulnerable again, and the anxiety can return as your confidence dips and you obsess again about the way you feel.

    This kind of response is natural in recovery from panic attacks, and if you’ve experienced a setback recently, I want to show you how to best deal with it.

    Recovery from Panic will only happen if you ignore Setbacks:

    The first thing to remember on the road to recovery from panic attacks is that setbacks happen. Try to never let a setback convince you that you’re not making progress. It doesn’t mean that all your progress has been undone.

    In general, setbacks are inevitable, and you need to have an accepting attitude toward them.

    Secondly, setbacks form part of your healing.

    To move beyond the anxiety, you need to work with the protective side of your personality and teach it that there really is nothing to fear.

    When setbacks occur, it’s an indication that you now need to take your new understanding and work with your protective side, which is resisting the change.

    You might want to think of that protective side as a small child who doesn’t want you (the parent) to take risks or do anything out of your comfort zone. Talk to this part yourself.

    Reassure it that all will be well and that it’s necessary for you to work through the anxiety in order to experience more freedom and happiness.

    Setbacks can feel like a big step backward, but they’re generally followed by rapid progress on many levels if you engage fully with this protective side of yourself.

    There’s an opportunity here for you to create a new working relationship with your protective self, and this will really seal your recovery from panic attacks.

    When you educate your protective self that you’re really safe and encourage it to take the steps with you, you become fully empowered to end your anxiety problem. All of your internal energies go in the same direction, and there’s no conflict.

    Persistence is the key:

    If you are determined to achieve recovery from Panic attacks, persistence will carry you through all setbacks and ensure your success.

    Keep your confidence intact. Build it on the past, on each time you’ve succeeded.

    Play those previous successes like a film in your head, again and again, each night as you go to sleep. All the panic attacks you’ve dealt with, all the sensations of anxiety you’ve felt and yet you still got on with it.

    General anxiety disorder and, especially, panic attacks are probably the most frightening experiences a person can go through. In most cases, you feel like you’ve had a brush with death itself. That’s no small feat to deal with while on your lunch break!

    Courage will give rewards:

    Be proud of your experiences. You’re not a cowardly victim, but a survivor of a terrifying experience and what’s more, you probably stayed at work or collected the kids from school.

    You continued living.

    Sure, there may be a few hairy anxiety memories in the past that you’d prefer to forget, but the underlying emotion to build upon is that you survived and you’re here now, alive and living a new day. This attitude is necessary for recovery from panic attacks and general anxiety.

    Build a wealth of memories, and they’ll be your resource from which to draw strength. Write them down, because that solidifies them and makes them more real in your mind. Read them to yourself regularly.

    Be sure to keep a diary as written proof of the progress you’re making the trips you take that weren’t possible before, the special days when you completely forgot you ever had an anxiety problem.

    You need to keep a record of these achievements because it’s easy for your protective side to negate the great strides you’ve made.

    Confidence, just like fear, is contagious. Soon you’ll find it spreading to all areas of your life, giving you a quality of life even beyond your pre-anxiety days.

    Always try to focus on the success you’ve achieved, and it will grow and expand in your life.

    Persist with it

    Recovery from Panic attacks and associated anxiety is possible. Turn a setback into an opportunity to solidify your real confidence. Regardless of what happens, you can handle it. Regardless of how your body feels, you’ll move through the anxiety and come out the other side smiling.

    If you remain persistent, setbacks can be quickly turned to your advantage, and you’ll be strengthened by the experience.

    Setbacks are delicate periods to move through, so you also need to be kind to yourself. Understand that they’re the result of YOU just trying to protect YOU.

    Be your own best friend.

    When you take your protective self by the hand and teach it that there’s nothing to fear, you’ll quickly march toward a greater experience of freedom.

    Recovery is not a straight or linear process.

    It will help if you try not to measure success on a day-to-day basis. Some days will be better than others that are just the way it is, so don’t get upset if you complete something successfully one day but fail the next.

    Some days will be better than others that are just the way it is, so don’t get upset if you complete something successfully one day but fail the next.

    Keep your eyes on the end goal, and persistence will carry you there.

    What If My Anxiety Comes Back?

    After a person has successfully moved out of their anxiety it is only natural, to at some stage, fear reoccurrence. I call this the anxiety shadow. It is a worry in the back of your mind that the anxiety could return with full force and disrupt your life all over again.

    It is a worry in the back of your mind that the anxiety could return with full force and disrupt your life all over again.

    Anxiety leaves such a strong imprint on people’s lives that it is normal to have such concerns. Fearing a return of anxiety is common when your life becomes stressful again. You worry that the extra stress will tip you back into a state of general anxiety. If you find yourself worrying in such a manner have faith that all will be well.

    You worry that the extra stress will tip you back into a state of general anxiety. If you find yourself worrying in such a manner have faith that all will be well.

    This worry is just a shadow of what has gone, it is based on the past, not the future. Generally, the anxiety shadow passes quickly after a day or two and you forget about it again. Remind yourself of the new tools and education you have. Take solace in the fact that your new understanding will lift the anxiety quickly again were it to return.

    Remind yourself of the new tools and education you have. Take solace in the fact that your new understanding will lift the anxiety quickly again were it to return.

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  • How does Gratitude Help In Anxiety and Panic Disorder

    Himanshu Dani

    Let me tell you how does gratitude help in anxiety and panic disorder.

    It is a great tool for ending anxious thoughts.

    A lot of people write telling me how their anxiety makes them feel very cut off or removed from the world around them. This sensation can be distressing as people fear that they will never be able to feel normal again. It is like a massive wave of confusion and craziness.

    This feeling is common and in my experience is mainly fueled by a cycle of anxious thinking.

    A person with anxiety and panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder will spend much of their day mentally “checking in.”

    Checking in is a term I use to refer to how people with anxiety constantly monitor their mind and body.

    “Am I feeling ok?” “How are my thoughts ?”

    “Am I feeling secure or on edge right now?”

    The reason regular checking in happens is that anxiety has such a powerful effect on the mind and body.

    People tell me that they can deal with the anxious bodily sensations but it is the anxious mind that causes them most distress.

    That is what I want to address today.

    Anxiety and panic can often feel like a thick fog has surrounded your mind.

    Nothing really seems enjoyable as you are always looking out at the world through this haze of anxious thoughts and feelings.

    This fog steals the joy out of life and can make you feel removed or cut off from the world.

    The anxious thoughts act as a barrier to experiencing the world and this sensation of separation then leads to feeling even more upset as you fear losing touch with yourself. This is one of the symptoms of panic disorder.

    So how do you get this anxious fog to lift from your mind?

    When someone is very caught up in anxious thoughts they are top heavy so to speak. The constant mental activity they are engaged in has caused an imbalance where all of their focus is on their mental anxieties.

    A powerful way to move out of this anxious mental fog is to switch your focus from your head to your heart.

    By simply making a deliberate shift of attention to your heart you will find the anxious thoughts dissipate more easily and the mental fog starts to gradually clear.

    You can make this switch by practicing the art of gratitude:

    Anxiety and Panic

    I am sure you have heard of people speaking about the art of gratitude and the benefits it can bring to you.

    Gratitude reduces anxiety and this has been proved in numerous studies.

    Did you know that it has now been scientifically proven that regular practice of gratitude can dramatically change your body’s chemistry giving you a more peaceful body and mind?

    Over that practicing gratitude is highly beneficial in anxiety and panic.

    The Heart Math Institute has 15 years of scientific research proving that a simple tool like the art of gratitude can dramatically reduce stress and improve performance for individuals and organizations.

    Many of The Fortune 500 companies are now starting to use this technique to reduce work-related stress:

    I am going to outline the technique briefly in a very straight forward exercise so you can start practicing right now.

    When you practice this gratitude exercise you will feel a lightness and greater sense of perspective on any matter that has been troubling you. This activation of your heart emotion will lift the sensation that anxious thoughts create.

    This is a very simple exercise but it is really powerful. Print it off and try it someplace where you can be alone.

    Are you ready to learn how gratitude reduces anxiety?

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    Exercise:

    -Begin by closing your eyes and moving your attention to your heart area.

    -Imagine a feeling of warmth emanating from the center of your chest.

    If appropriate place your right hand there. If you are around people or driving etc. simply imagine your right hand resting on your heart area.

    -Imagine this area glowing warmly for one to two minutes.

    -Now, begin to focus on something in your life that you feel a genuine sense of appreciation for.

    This can be one or more things that you really appreciate having in your life (e.g., family, health, friends, work, your home, a beautiful day etc).

    It is important to focus on things that spark a real sense of gratitude and appreciation. If you really appreciate the thing you are thinking about, you will immediately feel a response from that area by way of a light warm sensation in your chest or an involuntary smile (remember those).

    It does not really matter what you think about as long as it evokes this feeling of warm appreciation from your heart area.

    Don’t struggle with this exercise:

    Everyone has something they can be grateful for. (Remember, the cemetery is full of people who would love to have your problems!)

    Do not worry if you are thinking of your partner/family and you do not feel this. Some days it will be people close to you that will spark the heart feeling, other days it may be gratitude for very simple things like the fresh air you breathe. It depends on the mood you are in, -remember it is the feeling you after.

    The feeling we are looking to achieve is unmistakable, it is a positive change in your emotional state.

    I say it is best to do this exercise alone because you will need to stay with this feeling for as long as you can.

    Then, when you feel you have taken it as far as you can, open your eyes.

    There is no time frame on this exercise, it can be a few minutes to half an hour. Again it is about establishing a heart/mind connection and getting your awareness out of the anxious thoughts.

    Getting out of anxiety and panic are often the top priorities of any sufferer.

    After a few attempts, you can incorporate this into your daily routine.

    Do it in the car. Do it sitting at your desk. Do it before you sleep at night.

    You have to practice it frequently:

    Just like a muscle your heart will get more accustomed to this state and you will be able to switch into that feeling in seconds, but it is required to practice gratitude more often for easing your anxiety or panic attacks.

    With practice, you can also use this exercise in the middle of any stressful situation. You will be surprised at the positive outcome in terms of your own stress levels and the change in others around you.

    This simple exercise can completely transform the outcome of interacting with other people, be it work or personal relationships.

    This is especially true where there is conflict or misunderstanding between you and other people. Try it out, see what happens!

    (Be creative with it and make it your own daily ritual for yourself)

    I am sure you agree that it is a worthwhile exercise to incorporate into your daily life. It is my experience that most people do not have the patience or time to make major lifestyle changes. By using this one simple exercise you can make a dramatic improvement to the quality of your life and you will see a big reduction in anxiety and panic.

    The simplest things in life are free and this is one of those gems.

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  • How to control Panic Attacks- A 3-Step Breakthrough Technique

    Himanshu Dani

    You want to control panic attacks….Right?

    Today we will see a breakthrough technique for recovery from panic disorder.

    For most of us, it’s a puzzle: How to control Panic Attacks?

    How to solve the panic riddle?

    As we know, panic disorder is a very debilitating condition.

    A person suffers crippling anxiety and many fears which make him housebound and detached from the external world. Social Anxiety, Agoraphobia, and hypochondriasis are conditions which are coexistent with panic disorder.

    If you are suffering from anxiety and always wonder how to control panic attacks, let me tell you that it is a very treatable condition.

    First of all, you need to understand that it is not a disease. It is medically called as “disorder” but this word is taken in an exaggerated manner. I like not to call it a disorder because it is taken synonymously as “disease” and its apparent nature makes one feel like it is a deadly disease.

    Disorder simply means that the things are “not in order” or “out of order.”

    They can be brought in order with appropriate psychological maneuvers and techniques. There are some specific moves you can follow to change this condition and take back the control of your life.

    You need to practice this technique for a considerable amount of time to succeed with it. It is not going to happen overnight. Courage and Determination are the prerequisites. This technique is to be used every time you get anxiety or panic attack.

     A 3-Step Breakthrough Technique to control Panic attacks:

    1.Observe the sensationsHow to control Panic Attacks- A 3-Step Breakthrough Technique
    If you are an anxiety prone person you very well know how the beginning of it feels. The symptoms and the sensations start slowly and begin to get intense.

    The sensations you feel are:

    • Rapid heart beat
    • Trembling or shaking
    • Muscle tension
    • Tightness in chest
    • Heaviness in chest and stomach
    • Sweating
    • Feeling dizzy
    • Feeling like fainting
    • Extreme fear
    • Feeling like running away from the place

    Now,

    Initially, you need to understand that it is just another episode of anxiety or panic attack. Remind yourself that you have experienced this before and this is not new to you. Agree with the fact that no matter how harmful it may seem, it is not actually harmful. You can see panic attack symptoms and their actual interpretation.

    Then,

    Take these practical steps:

    1. Try to endure these discomforting sensations courageously and observe the sensations without resisting them.
    2. Just affirm the sensations in real time, like,

    “I’m feeling rapid heartbeat”

    “I’m feeling heaviness in chest.”

    “I’m feeling dizzy”

    By doing this you actually let the sensations run through your body and you flow with them. Experience them as they rise and get intense. With courage and determination let the anxiety consume you.

    Now, Come to step 2.

    2.Embrace your Anxiety and Panic

    Steps to manage your panic attacks

    Embrace the sensations of anxiety and panic with all heart and mind. Welcome it without any resistance and then you become the in charge of the happening. Act as if you chose it and you like it. Don’t suppress the panic instead, give it free license to flow in your body and mind. Give anxiety and panic the freedom to manifest themselves in whatever intensity they want to be.

    This is very important because,

    Looking at Anxiety & Panic as an entity, it wants to give you a sensation and feeling that you resist. When you drop your guard and face it, it loses power over you and you become the in charge of the game! And when you become the in charge of the game the problem is solved.

    Is it easy?

    No, but its worth it….

    You will notice it has gone more distressing in step 2. You feel the heart pounding, dizziness, trembling etc. in high intensity. Remember this just a state of nervous arousal and you don’t need to interpret it as a danger.

    The next step is the one where panic loses power over you.

    3.Demand for More Panic

    How to control Panic Attacks- A 3-Step Breakthrough Technique

    You have reached the state of high arousal, and you are experiencing full sensations all over your body. Gather courage and demand more to the anxiety. Tell the anxiety to get worse and say that you can bear it.

    You can say,

    “Anxiety I want you to get stronger.”

    “Anxiety I want you to make me more uncomfortable.”

    “Anxiety, make me suffocate.”

    “Anxiety I beg you to make my heart beat faster.”

    This a crucial step to be taken if you want to recover.

    Consequently, the fear will fully pass through you and you will gain the control of the panic. The cycle of panic is diffused here because you no longer feed the fear with mental resistance. The panic drops its weapons and surrenders to you. Simply by just not resisting to it, there is no rebound or return of the panic.

    This seems paradoxical, isn’t it?

    But that’s true. Demanding for more fear reduces the fear. This is the nature of fear, but we always act in the opposite way. Learning to face fear and refusing to feed it to make it intense is the secret of getting over panic. This is a great psychological tool which can transform your life.

    Trust the fact: Panic is Not Dangerous

    Now,

    The change has happened.

    Now you know the answer and you can effectively control panic attacks.

    Your nervous system has learned that panic is not dangerous. In the beginning, your condition was like the Pokemon who always had an attacker finding him to catch him. But now the Pokemon is free of all worries. In step 3 within no time, the graph of your arousal begins to fall and you start feeling better. You notice that actually there was nothing to be afraid of. You feel happy for your victory.

    With this,

    A feeling of trust is developed in you. You now know that whenever you have anxiety again, you have a very powerful tool that can be used to control panic attacks. You have to have trust that panic is gradually losing power over you.

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  • What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic Attacks: A 5-Step Panic Diffusion Trick

    Himanshu Dani

    What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic Attacks

    If you are an anxiety/panic sufferer you always feel the dread of panic attacks in different flavors.

    Am I right? 

    You are bewildered by the situation you are in and the constant nagging question you have is what to do when you have a panic attack in order to control it.

    What is it that will help me in getting over panic attacks?

    You want to convey and explain what you feel and endure but only 
    some of the doctors understand what panic attacks are.

    There is always a burning question that how to get rid of it and it is world’s greatest puzzle for you.

    It feels deadly but it is not” is the greatest paradox for you. Right?

    For that here is the 5-step panic diffusion trick that will answer your most daunting question: What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic Attacks? and most importantly, “How to cope with panic attacks and anxiety?”

    1. Understand what is happening to you in Panic Attacks

    If you always wonder what to do when you have a panic attack, the first and the very important step is to know what’s happening to you. Question yourself what’s actually happening when you experience the discomforting symptoms. This is the most crucial thing to overcome anxiety attacks. It is a common tendency in this state to interpret what you are feeling in panic attacks and just dwell on it.

    Question yourself what’s actually happening. It is a common tendency in this state to interpret what you are feeling in Panic attacks and just dwell on it.

    Consequently, you believe it is definitely going to harm you but actually, it cannot and it never does.

    Learn the scientific things about anxiety and panic attacks.

    Consider the following points:

    1. Anxiety is body’s alarm system in the presence of danger which helps us to cope with it or dodge it quickly.
    2. Panic attacks are over exaggerated anxiety response in the presence of mental stress or difficult situations.
    3. Panic disorder is a repeated over exaggerated anxiety response which is due to the learned habit of misinterpreting anxiety and its symptoms as dangerous. It is a typical preconscious“fear of fear” that is “Anxiety of Anxiety” which is fueled by intrusive thoughts.

    The intrusive thoughts lead you towards more anxiety and more panic.

    You need to learn to break the Panic cycle:

    What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic Attacks

    2. Learn to make the difference between what you feel and the reality

    In anxiety and panic disorder the feelings you get are always overwhelming, right?

    That’s why you say getting over panic attacks is difficult.

    You cannot help it. You try to ask others that what to do when you have a panic attack or why do you feel so, none of them knows about it.

    You fall prey to the thinking patterns which these feelings bring up. The problem is that you cannot make the difference between “how it feels” and “the reality of that thing”, nor others can do that.

    Consider the following points:

    1. These feelings are basically sensations. These sensations arise due to the inappropriate arousal of body’s defense mechanisms.
    2. These are purely sensations but one misinterprets them at the pre-conscious or unconscious level.
    3. For example, lightheadedness and fainting like feeling occur due to hyperventilation and a slight reduction of blood flow to the brain (which is normal), but you feel you have a tumor on the brain and you believe it without any evidence!

    No doubt brain tumors can cause lightheadedness or fainting.
    Then does it mean that all of the millions of people who faint each day have brain tumors?

    You probably got the answer………………

         4.The Same analyses have to be done for chest pains, trembling, heart palpitations etc.

    Now that you know the basics about the causes of panic attacks you can learn to break the Panic Cycle and reduce your distress.
    What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic Attacks


    3. Learn to give up the embarrassment and shyness about your anxiety

    When you ask – How to cope with panic attacks and anxiety?”, this is the most important thing you need to do.

    Give up the shyness and embarrassment about it.

    If you ask your friends and relatives what to do when you have a panic attack, they are clueless and they will often advise to relax or have a cup of tea or something else.

    Over time they may get sarcastic with you and say that leave this timidity!

    But panic attacks don’t get cured by tea or anything nor they have got anything to do with timidity.

    People are simply not empathic towards you.

    They don’t have the right knowledge about it.

    This is the reason you tend to hide your problem and avoid interaction of people during the anxiety episodes.

    But,

    The fear of Embarrassment and the shyness increases your anxiety considerably.

    ♣ When you feel anxiety in social situations or at the workplace or anywhere you are scared that your problem will get disclosed to others. You feel it will be an embarrassment to face anxiety and panic in front of peers or friends or strangers.

    ♣ This embarrassment and shyness make you more uncomfortable and vulnerable to anxiety and panic attacks. Right ?

    So what do you do to get over it?

    ♣ Build good relations with people everywhere; at your workplace, school, college, groups etc. This will lessen your worry considerably as these people will not be strangers to you.

    ♣ Talk to people about your problem. Don’t be shy or think of humiliation. Let them know what you are going Don’t keep it a secret. So, when you get anxious anytime you will not get more anxious because of the embarrassment haunting you.

    Many will show empathy and assist you to cope with your problem whenever you have panic attacks. Some will ridicule you but that is not catastrophic, you can bear it and ignore them.

    4. Develop Endurance for Emotional pain in Panic Attacks

    You might have experienced that during anxiety and panic you feel a little bit depressed too.

    The emotional impacts of general anxiety can be very disabling if not addressed in time.

    During the peak of panic attacks, you get catastrophic thoughts and feeling of worthlessness about life and your existence.

    Such feelings are primarily the symptoms of depression.

    Depression is not your main problem but it often accompanies anxiety in some way.

    This is an emotional pain you feel during anxiety:

    You feel you are helpless with your life.

    You feel your life is meaningless and this world to be unreal.

    You feel life is just suffering and happiness or joy is a delusion.

    You feel Pain is the only thing you are going to encounter.

    You imagine in your head that you will die in pain.

    Emotional pain and mood swings associated with panic disorder are the two things which are not addressed properly.

    They remain neglected or ignored. But, getting solutions to them is extremely important.

    How to manage Emotional pain:

    What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic Attacks

    1.Think the Right Way

    Understand with mindfulness that though these things are very uncomfortable and painful they are not dangerous and cannot cause any damage to your mind and body. Convince yourself that you can develop endurance for emotional pain and get going every time.

    Do not obsess over this distress. Obsession and overthinking are likely to cause more distress.

    2. Remove the sources of emotional stress from your life

    Make your emotional reasoning styles more rational. Emotional stress can also be the cause of Panic Attacks. Irrational Thinking styles are the root cause of emotional instability and mental distress. Your emotional health is in your hand. You have to be the controller of your emotional brain and not let it ruin your life. Great American psychologist Dr. Albert Ellis, the originator of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), has devoted his life to teaching people about the emotive mind and how it controls your health & destiny.

    3. Practice distraction techniques.

    • Try to distract yourself with other things happening around you promptly when you think you are feeling blue.
    • Try to engage yourself in some activity that you like for example, listen to happy music, watch funny videos, or read your favorite book or call a friend etc.

    5. Keep moving ahead with life. Don’t stop!

    What To Do When You Have Anxiety and Panic AttacksIn order to recover from this problem make it a part of your life. Know that it is just a discomfort you feel once in a while and it is not dangerous. There are some reasons because of which you have fallen into this kind of problem but don’t make it very awful, don’t over exaggerate by saying “I’m in a black hole” or things like that. Scientists and doctors all over the world have given answers to the question of what to do when you have a panic attack.There are very good therapies available today to get over anxiety and panic attacks. 

    Seriously–

    Remember, when you ask in extreme distress what to do when you have anxiety and panic attacks, take some time to think whether this very question is not causing you anxiety. Because I found that the dire need to get rid of anxiety fueled anxiety every once in a while……….

    Take care

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    How to Eliminate Intrusive Thoughts If you Suffer Panic disorder

    Himanshu Dani

    There is a very effective way to stop intrusive thoughts which keep on fueling your anxiety.

    It is simply a change in attitude with the Humor Based Technique.

    By a change in attitude, I mean a change in the way you have been reacting to the intrusive thoughts.

    A change in attitude will quickly disarm the emotional reaction you are having to the fearful thoughts. Once the emotional reaction has been significantly reduced‚ the anxious intrusive thoughts will dissipate.

    In the past, you have probably tried to rid yourself of the thoughts by attempting to struggle free of them.

    Elimination of Intrusive Thoughts needs a change in Attitude

    The trick like many other anxiety/panic tricks‚ however, is not to attempt to be free of them but to have a new reaction to them when they run through your mind. We can never fully control what goes through our minds‚ but we can control how we react to what goes on there.

    That is the key difference between someone who gets caught up in fearful thinking and someone who does not.

    Intrusive thoughts are your own thoughts:

    It is difficult to believe, right?

    But the reality is: You create intrusive thoughts and you work hard to maintain them!

    The thoughts that terrify us are not fuelled by some unknown force; they are our own. We empower them and equally we dismiss them.

    When you have an uncomfortable thought you would rather not be thinking‚ your first reaction is usually tense up internally and say to yourself‚ “Oh no‚ I don’t like that idea.

    I don’t want that thought right now.” The very act of trying to push these intrusive thoughts away and then understandably getting upset when that does not work causes the thoughts to become more stuck to your psyche.

    It’s like saying to your mind over and over again “whatever you do‚ do not think of pink elephants‚” and guess what? You can’t get a single thought in that is not related to pink elephants.

    As long as you struggle with the thought‚ your mind‚ like a bold child‚ will keep returning to it. This is not to say your mind is maliciously working against you.

    It is better to compare the mind to a radar scanner that picks up on thoughts within us that have high levels of emotional reaction connected to them.

    To not react emotionally to intrusive thoughts you need to learn to disempower the “fear factor” of the thought; then you must accept and be comfortable with whatever comes to mind.

    Don’t hide from or push the anxious thoughts away.

     Take an example:

    Say you have fear of fainting or fear of confusion & craziness going on in your mind. That fear can be virtually anything your mind can conceive. You know the thoughts are not a realistic fear‚ and you want them to stop interrupting your life.

    Next time the fearful thought comes to mind‚ do not push it away. This is important.

    Tell yourself that that is fine and that the thought can continue to play in your mind if it wishes‚ but you are not going to give it much notice and you are certainly not going to qualify it by reacting with fear.

    You know in your heart that the thought is very unlikely to happen. You have a deeper sense of trust and will not be tossed around emotionally all day by a thought.

    Say to yourself:

    “Well that thought/fear is a possibility‚ but it is very remote and I am not going to worry about that right now. Today I am trusting that all is well.”

    What is of key importance is not to get upset by the thoughts and feelings as they arise. To avoid any fearful emotional reaction to the fear/thought gives the fearsome cartoon characteristics.

    A Humor based technique to control Intrusive thoughts:

    Imagine‚ for example,

    It is Donald Duck telling you that “Something awful is going to happen.

    Aren’t you scared?”

    Give the character a squeaky voice and make it a totally ridiculous scene. How can you take seriously an anxious duck with his big feet?

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    The use of such a cartoon imagery reprograms the initial emotional reaction

    This eliminates any authority the thought may have over you. You are reducing the thought’s threat. When that is done‚ move your attention back to whatever you were doing.

    Remember‚

    “You are not trying to push the thought away or drown it out with some outside stimulus.”

    This takes practice in the beginning‚ but what will happen is that you will find yourself checking how you think/feel less and less during the day‚ and as it does not have a strong fearful emotion connected to it‚ your mind will not be drawn to troublesome intrusive thoughts.

    To put in another way‚

    The thought becomes unstuck and fades away because the emotional reaction has been neutralized. In fact‚ that is the first step to moving away from anxious thoughts — neutrality.

    It is as if your mental energy was spinning in a negative cycle while you were caught in the anxious intrusive thoughts. Now‚ you are learning to stop the negative cycle.

    From this new position of neutrality‚ you will experience a much greater sense of clarity away from the confusion of an overanxious mind. Moving into this mindset of neutrality is your first step.

    The humor technique helps us to break the intrusive thought cycle and give us a sense of control. The next step is to adopt a relaxed peaceful state of mind and move your energy into a positive cycle of thinking.

    Over to YOU

    I have outlined the quickest and most effective way to do this by using a unique shift in attitude. You can undo years of anxious thinking and reduce your level of general anxiety very quickly.

    How to Eliminate Intrusive Thoughts If you Suffer Panic disorder

    You might have wondered why it is that some people seem more susceptible to worries and unwanted intrusive thoughts like “I am suffocating” compared to others. You now know the answer to that. The difference is that the people who seem carefree are the ones who are not reacting with a strong fearful emotion to an anxious thought. 

    These people see the same array of thoughts as an anxious person‚ but they do not make a fearful thought a part of their lives. They dismiss the thought or laugh it off and have a sense of trust that things will work out fine. They see no point in reacting with fear to these thoughts‚ and that ensures the thought has no power or authority over them. You can check out panic attack symptoms and their actual interpretation.

    You may feel that you are by nature an anxious person and that you will always react with fear to these thoughts because you have done so for years. That is not the case.

    You can undo years of anxious thinking and reduce your level of general anxiety very quickly.

    All it takes is practice!

    So, 

    Begin practicing today!

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