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Surviving panic attacks


When the ‘What if’ gets to be too much?

As a survival mechanism we were given the flight or fight response, basically to help us steer clear of danger and so be safe. In the past when we were out hunting our dinner, hearing a wild boar in the grass and having the extra energy to run away or have wild boar for dinner makes sense.

However, nowadays the wild boar seems to be in our head and we never know where or when they are coming, so we ponder ‘What if’

Now rarely do we stay awake at night pondering how we will share our pennies when we win the lottery, or, how great our life is. Nope, usually, we stay awake at night reflecting on a past we cannot change, or worried about a future which may never happen. And, if life does throws us a curve ball, we are so exhausted worrying about the what if, we are less able to deal with it.


That is not to say nowadays, we don’t have things which are of concern. Money, security of employment, climate change, our children’s futures, unrest going on in the world and fears of war, feeling everyone else has been invited to this great party called life and they forgot to send you an invitation.

The problem is when worrying about things starts to interfere with your life, either because you are having intrusive thoughts which scare you or physical symptoms which scare you. Anxiety and panic attacks can be common, sometimes you know why this is happening e.g. waiting for a family member to come home who is late and has been to the doctors, other times, it comes from nowhere and you don’t know why you feel like this, all you know is, you don’t like it

The videos on panic attacks which are also downloadable MP3’s tell you more about what panic attacks are and how to manage them. Remember, if anxiety is becoming overwhelming maybe speak to your GP or find a service near you which can offer support.

Also, try and practice some relaxation every day, even 3minutes, which is why we included the 3min relaxation video, as we know people are busy. We also have wee tips to manage stress sheet in our self-care section, have a read of that and see if there are maybe some changes you need to make in your life.

Being anxious at times is natural, sometimes it can save our lives, but worrying all the time and being anxious all the time is not good for our wellbeing, and there are some things we can do ourselves to help, and if this is not enough there are others out there we can speak to

‘’Your mind is your prison when you focus on your fear’’ Tim Fargo

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