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When Is Anxiety Not Panic?

When is Anxiety not Panic?

I just learned an amazing bit of trivia you can try out on your friends: Panic attacks are a disease requiring drugs and professional help and Anxiety attacks are a normal response to fear-based news and other shocking events in our lives.

What brought on your last experience of anxiety? Was it the latest article on doomsday preparation for the Coronavirus, maybe the horrors of 5G? These news releases are designed to get your attention by creating anxiety in you, and often to leave you feeling unsafe in the world. To sell their product, program or agenda, they often prey on our basic survival instincts.

It’s a panic attack if you wind up in the hospital, become a danger to yourself or others, or find your life so disrupted you can’t live in the “normal” world anymore.  Otherwise, it’s just an anxiety attack.

Both panic attacks and anxiety attacks share the following symptoms:

Illustration by Joshua Seong © Verywell, 2018.

Emotional: apprehension, worry, distress, and restlessness.

Physical: accelerated heartrate or palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, tightness in the throat, dry mouth, sweating, chills or hot flashes, trembling or shaking, numbness or tingling, nausea, abdominal pain, upset stomach, headache, feeling faint or dizzy.

I remember feeling this way the first time I saw a Star Wars movie. I had to run to the bathroom twice!! A movie with suspense and dramatic music is designed to create these physical symptoms, but this is not a disease. We call anxiety-provoking movies “entertainment”.

If you have a fear of dying or losing control or a sense of detachment from the world or from yourself or if your panic attacks are destabilizing your life and you need professional care and maybe drugs. However, anxiety attacks merely decrease your enjoyment of life. So, considering that the media is determined to induce anxiety attacks in you to get your attention, and make you remember whatever their message is, what are the best ways to enhance your human experience?

Out in the world:  The CHI Stone gives you a sense of being grounded, making you less sensitive to these incessant anxiety-provoking situations. Simply click it on and put it in your pocket whenever you anticipate destabilizing influences, such as shopping in crowds, meetings at work, or even a meeting with a friend at a busy coffee house.

Back home again: You can use the Infratonic 9. If you find yourself destabilized after a hectic day, settle into a quiet, safe place with the Infratonic on your chest.  Usually you will settle down and return to peace within five to ten minutes. Then you will be ready for a relaxing dinner and a restful night’s sleep. (Five minutes works miracles to restore peace in children as well.)

 

How do you manage your Anxiety or Panic Attacks? Engage your Tribe, share your questions, thoughts and ideas in the comment section below!

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