In this video, Angela shares a great tip for how to handle panic attacks in public. She demonstrates how you can discreetly excuse yourself and use a bathroom and then just hold yourself for 2 minutes.
Stroke your head, rock yourself, focus on your breathing, and tell yourself positive affirmations.
This is re-parenting your inner child, and it really works. You reassure yourself that you’re going to be ok and that the feelings will pass.
She also makes a really good point- taking a 2 minute time out to do a little self comforting in the privacy of a bathroom is so much easier than agonizing in public with terrorizing feelings of anxiety.
Way to go, Angela. This is anxiety self help at it’s best- accepting your situation completely, not denying it, and doing something positive in the moment to make it better.
I wish you peace,
ps. Angela is an advocate for violence against women.