“Is this a panic attack?” you ask yourself. You know that a racing heart and a woozy head usually signify an intense head-on collision with panic is just around the corner — or is something else amiss?
Even the tiniest baby steps can keep that dreaded circle of safety from closing in on you.
I present you with this clever little web app for breathing by Twitter user @oatsbarley. You can customize the app’s parameters to speed up or slow down the inhale/exhale indicator to your liking.
That’s where I gave up. If I couldn’t even check the mail without Xanax, I couldn’t survive day-to-day life with a fetus swimming around in my uterus. Would it drown in my adrenaline?
She asked us to breathe out when my body was craving a gulp of air. She asked us to inhale for the duration of a pose, which made me lightheaded. It just didn’t feel right. None of it felt good.
How might yoga, a physical practice associated with inner peace and relaxation, possibly cause stress? Let me count the ways.
The residual shakiness or jellylegs you experience after a panic attack are not part of the panic attack itself — they are artifacts.
Well-intentioned sentiments like “just calm down” and “there’s nothing wrong with you” = ugh. As a panicker, you know exactly why those phrases aren’t helpful. Right?
Popular culture seems to suggest that panic is this super-detectable experience that causes sufferers to pull their hair, widen their eyes, and clutch their fists or faces. Not so.
Buzzfeed’s “24 Comics That Capture The Frustration Of Anxiety Disorders” resonated with my panicky self. Which comic most aptly describes your own experience with anxiety or panic?