Thursday, July 24, 2008

More Tips

I've been going around trying to help people's anxiety and I realised some have problems sleeping because of Anxiety, others said they need a way to recover or calm down.

Here are a few more tips:

Anxiety When Trying to Sleep:
You're trying to sleep, but the fear starts to creep on you. The panic gets stronger, how can you stop it?
My solution: in the bed, cover your ears.. because when you're alert, you tend to hear even the softest sound. So how do you cover your ears? There are 2 ways: take 2 pillows to cover your ears on each side; or lying on the bed on your left (with your left-ear on the bed) and take a pillow to cover your right-ear (which will be your top). But please don't force the pillow against you - just put the pillow over.
After that, do your deep breathing then imagine a scene. Remember - the human mind is powerful. Visualize deeply till it feels so real.
For an example: you're at a tropical island. The ocean is clean and you're able to see beautiful fishes swimming. You are holding hands with the person you love, walking on the warm, crispy sands. The coconut trees are swaying gently. The sounds of the ocean splashing on the shores. You sip a glass of chilled white wine as you are walking with your love one.

[Image taken from: Purser]

Get what I mean? You have to visualize using all your senses. When you use all 5 senses, you will actually feel you're there! And as time goes by, your dream will start to blend in and you will fall asleep!

Worried all the time?
There's a difference between a person with panic attack and a person whom do not have it. A person whom has panic attacks tend to think of their attack nearly all the time - they wonder when the next attack will strike. But for a person whom do NOT have panic attack, they are always busy thinking of something else.
Here's a real-life example that happened recently:
I was taking the public transport with my friend, and I am always anxious when will my attack start. Suddenly, my symptoms start to come. To break this panic, I tried to engage in a deep conversation with my friend. I asked: "What are you thinking?"
He replied: "Hmm... I am wondering about my project that is coming and..."

Can you see the difference? He is busy thinking of something else and I am busy thinking of my attack. THAT is the reason why our panic will come all of a sudden! Because we keep thinking about it! The more we think of our attack, the higher-chance it will come. It is like your thought of the attack is a small camp-fire, the more deeper you think of it, you are fueling the attack to become even bigger. So to break this, you need to keep your mind busy of something else!


Anonymous said...

I enjoy your site, however this part about 'always thinking about having a panic attack' is simply not true. Often, people who suffer panic attacks have them 'out of the blue'. Sure, sometimes they may be nervous, which is creating the anxiety, but they're not always thinking they're going to have one.

Anonymous said...

I depends on the level of attacks a person has. I myself am finding that I now fear the next is an ongoing fear in my mind now. At first when I had them..the fear of having the next was not there..but the more intense they get...the more fear is involved there. It is a snowballing effect. So to the person above me..I do not speak for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I also agree with the comment above me! You become so afraid of having the attacks that can't stop thinking about it, or when it's going to happen or every little pain I get I think "OMG" am I getting an attack. So I also believe that you are always aware of them and many times thinking about "when".

Anonymous said...

You know, something that really helps me out is listening to music, i often leave my computer on with some music playing. I really get into the music and lyrics sometimes that i forget im having an attack, in fact yesterday i had nausea and a strange feeling of having a heart attack, i started to hear music and made out this big picture in my head with a lot of things i would like to do, i then started to feel very tired and in like 10 minutes i fell asleep, hope this works for you.

Anonymous said...

I have been diagnosed with panic disorder and I can honestly say I never think about or fear having panic attacks. Even when I was at my worst (I had panic attacks at least twice a day each attack lasting for more than an hour for a month... which I know is unusually severe) my attacks always came 'out of the blue'. Perpetually fearing panic attacks is not the determining factor of whether or not a person has panic disorder.