What is a Panic Attack?

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What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack, is an instantaneous surge of fear and anxiety that overwhelms the mind.

In prehistoric times, a panic attack was a life saving response to the danger from wild animals or events. The life of a human was much more physically challenging and dangerous than it is today. The human species had to develop response mechanisms to survive, as it does not have sharp teeth or claws.

An instant and significant response to danger was essential to survival. There were really only two simple choices. We could either take flight (run away from danger), or hold our stance and fight. This highly efficient survival response to threats was simple and straight forward!

This biological response, called the ‘Fight or Flight Response’ is the cause of what we now refer to as a Panic Attack. There are few instances in everyday life, where we legitimately need to react in this way. The sudden, overwhelming, uncontrolled, response to a non-file threatening stimulus, is termed a Panic Attack.

If panic attacks are experienced frequently, or severe anxiety is common, it may be an indication of a more serious condition called Panic Disorder.

How many people suffer from panic attacks?

  • In the USA 22.7% experience a panic attack, at least once in their lives
  • Women are two times more likely to experience a panic attack
  • In 81% of the cases the symptoms reach a peak, within 10 minutes

What happens during a panic attack?

The body instantly changes its priorities, from our normal “long-term survival” to emergency “short-term” survival mode!

To accomplish this the body responds by releasing a flood of hormones such as adrenaline, blood pressure increases and breathing speeds up to prepare your muscles for flight or fight.

It is possible that the legs start to shake, as they prepare to run from danger; the hands may start to shake as the muscles in the arms prepare to fight; the palms and feet may become sweaty.

The body changes the flow of blood from the stomach to major muscles where it is needed during an emergency. Those who are frequently stressed, often have digestive issues as the blood is being pumped to other areas of the body.

What goes through the mind during a Panic Attack?

  • I might die from a heart attack – unless you have a heart condition, it is not usually a threat to the heart
  • I might die from suffocation – during a panic attack you naturally take in more air
  • I’m having a stroke – strokes have nothing to do with panic attacks
  • I’m scared of fainting – as fainting would be fatal when being chased by a wild animal, it is highly unlikely
  • I’m having a nervous breakdown, or going ‘crazy’ – as ‘fight or flight’ responses are natural, insanity is not a concern.
  • I’m losing control – control has been shifted from your conscious to your unconscious mind, your are on automatic
  • I’m weak and might fall down – you are actually stronger when panicking as your large
    muscles are supplied with plenty of oxygen.
  • I may be embarrassed or humiliated – the worst part of a panic attack only lasts a few minutes, it is a natural event, nothing to be embarrassed about.

What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?

  • Light headiness
  • Giddiness
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness
  • Chest pains
  • Dry mouth
  • Clammy hands
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

What can I do to minimize the impact and regain control?

Deep, controlled breathing is the easiest and most effective way to control anxiety and panic. How often have you heard somone say, “Take a Deep Breath”?

It is natures way of resetting everything in your body … supplying the needed oxygen to the lungs, blood and muscles to allow them to react appropriately.

Deep breathing, is not the normally shallow intake of air into your chest. Rather, it is a process of inhaling air, deep into your diaphragm, below your chest. Breathing in deeply and then exhaling longer than we inhale stimulates your nervous system to trigger relaxation and your body will have no choice but to respond postively.

Try it now …

  • Sit down, comfortably and close your eyes
  • Focus your awareness on your breathing
  • Breathe in to the count of seven
  • Breathe out to the count of eleven
  • Wait for a couple of seconds
  • Then repeat

Practicing this breathing exercise regularly, will result in a reduction in anxiety levels.

As you practice more, and become more relaxed, your body will naturally reduce the production of stress hormones.

You will start to have much more control over panic attacks. Understand, the bodies anxiety responses are natural physiological reactions, you are not going insane.

Help is available through personal consultations with a qualified Psychologists or a Professional Hypnotist.

Private Hypnosis sessions are available online, in the comfort of your home, using Zoom or similar streaming services.

You can regain control of how you react to the thoughts which trigger these physical reactions.

You can book an appointment at this link

Are you suffering from Anxiety Disorder?

It is estimated that one in three people in the USA is suffering from some level of anxiety disorder!

Here are some sobering USA facts … (Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA))

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 6.8 million, 3.1%
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 2.2 million, 1.0%.
  • Panic Disorder: 6 million, 2.7%
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 7.7 million, 3.5%
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: 15 million, 6.8%.
  • Specific Phobia affects: 19 million, 8.7%.

According to these statistics over the last 10 years, 54 percent of woman and 46 percent of men experience anxiety disorder.

With the right help and healing, those who experience an anxiety condition can:

  • Regain control of their health and life
  • Live a balanced, happy, and fulfilling life
  • Have happier and more fulfilling relationships
  • Become the individual they always thought they could be
  • Reconnect with life in a more rewarding and satisfying way
  • Live an unrestricted lifestyle ready to tackle any challenge
  • Express themselves like never before
  • Live a more accepting life, appreciating uniqueness and imperfection
  • Experience a more stable work environment
  • Freedom from medication and/or drug use
  • Reconnect with their faith and feel God’s presence
  • Have a closer relationship with God

Hypnosis, Meditation and Mindset therapies can often resolve these issues over a short time frame. In more complex and deeply rooted conditions counselling by a professional psychologist or other medical professional may be warranted. 

Ideally a combination of treatments can be applied concurrently to provide maximum healing for the client. 

 

Limiting Beliefs

3 Ways Your Limiting Beliefs Hold You Back

Limiting beliefs, whether you realize it or not, have a profound effect on our lives. They can affect your life in so many ways, and none of the ways they can affect your life are good.

When you can let go of your limiting beliefs, you can change your life and start living the life that you’ve always wanted.

Here are three ways that your limiting beliefs are holding you back from realizing your dreams and living the life you want.

1. They Taint Your Experience of Living

When you are constricted by your limiting beliefs, you will do far fewer things over the course of your life.

For example, if you believe that roller coasters are dangerous, you will probably never ride one, and you’d miss out on the thrill that so many others have experienced.

No matter how great your life is at this current moment, you are holding onto beliefs that are stopping you from experiencing life to the fullest.

2. They Make You inefficient

The limiting beliefs that we are holding onto cause us to find an alternate path.

If we believe that the best route won’t work for us, we can spend a ton of time following a less direct way to work around our limiting belief.

You may have always dreamed of being a teacher but believe that you can’t make a living as a teacher, so you do everything but teach.

Save yourself time and deal with the beliefs that are holding you back rather than giving up on what you really want.

3. They Can Cause You to Unintentionally Harm Others

Your beliefs are more like a virus and less like math because they are more likely to be caught then they are to be taught.

Even if you have the best of intentions, you can infect others with your limiting beliefs.

The limiting beliefs that you pass onto others then affect them for the rest of their lives.

You need to take some time and consider who you are infecting with your limiting beliefs and how those beliefs are affecting them and their own potential to live their best life.

Limiting beliefs can be incredibly destructive and will always keep you from achieving the life that you’ve always wanted.

If you want to change your life you need to identify your limiting beliefs and start taking the necessary steps to overcome them.

Hypnosis is an excellent way to rid yourself of your limiting beliefs quickly and easily.

Dealing with Bereavement

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a difficult and often disabling event full of intense feelings of grief, guilt, and loss.

The hypnosis recording below is provided free of charge as a public service to those seeking help to get over their sense of loss and move on with life. 

Grieving is our way of processing the loss of someone close. It should not be eliminated as this natural process is beneficial, however, it can become overpowering resulting in extended periods of feeling depressed, lonely, and defeated. As if our life has ended, not the life of our loved one.  

Listen to this recording, as often as you wish, it will help you through the process and remind you to accept and celebrate your loved one’s life and achievements.

Any feedback would be appreciated as helping others is my reward …