WHEN HAVING A PANIC ATTACK…

I. GET OUTSIDE ASAP

Take a walk, go to your favorite hiking trail, that one park so you can swing, jog it out, meditate, practice yoga, speed walk to the gas station to get your favorite drink. Get outside and breathe that fresh air, breathe in, breathe out.

Remind yourself, “Everything is going to be okay. Everything is okay. I am okay.”

II. SERIOUSLY, REMIND YOURSELF “EVERYTHING IS OKAY.”

Because it is, whether or not you believe it or can even comprehend such things at a time like this. Whether you need to repeat it out loud to yourself a hundred times, write it on a sticky note, go to Pinterest and search “motivational wallpaper” and get yourself a new design and set it as your phone wallpaper, walk to the bathroom and look yourself in the eyeballs, ask your partner/roommate/family member (wow, you can even call, FaceTime or text them, right then) and ask them to tell you, “Everything is going to be okay.”

III. SHAKE IT OUT

Shake it out and move your body anyway you can! Uncross your arms, uncross your legs, get out of the fetal position, get out of the closet or your dark ass too:that has all the blinds closed and lights shut off. Would you lock your kid, girlfriend, pet or grandma alone to have a pity party in the pantry for 40 minutes? Then why would you do that to yourself? Sometime I wonder too, we are only human though and this shit happens. So get up, get out, get moving anyway you can or know how. Shake it out sugar.

IV. BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT

It’s pretty silly how we forget to breathe, especially in these moments. If you can focus on your breathe:

a. It gives your brain something to focus on in comparison-

b. Helps calm your body down and slow down any hyperventilating

Recently your mind, body and soul with breathing exercises. As I’ve stated before, if you haven’t meditated, now might be a good time to start.

V. DRINK WHAT YOUR BODY IS MADE OF – MUNCH

Yes, drink, drink, drink water. You might be dehydrated and either way it is good for you. If you can eat or munch on something, that always helps me. Again, it gives your brain something to focus on and/or your body may be in dire need of it right now.

Always remember, you are never alone in this. We may experience anxiety differently but at the end of the day we are all human. Everything will always get better. Everything IS okay and you are tough as hell.

XOXO // SYDMO

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