After this past weekend, where I was acutely sensitized and experienced multiple panic attacks at a bridal shower, I was absolutely exhausted, both physically and mentally. It was a low point to be sure, particularly because I haven’t had such a severe setback in quite awhile.
Over the past few days, I have been chatting around on anxiety disorder forums and asked other panic attack sufferers how they feel after a panic attack. Here are some of the responses I’ve got:
“anx is making me depressed big time”
“the feeling after that was sooo bad depressed and weak..”
“feels like flogging a dead horse”
Knowing that anxiety and panic attacks often go side by side with depression is a good reason to note that after a panic attack, it is of utmost importance that we treat ourselves with extra TLC.
When I was in my 20’s, before I learned how to be loving towards myself, I would often engage in a lot of self loathing and mentally beat myself up for having panic disorder– what I used to journal was my ‘extreme cowardice’. In fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. It takes a great deal of courage to live with an anxiety disorder.
Since I didn’t know better at the time, I continued to berate myself mentally and engage in a lot of stinking thinking and negative self talk. In hindsight, this was probably a major reason why my life was complete hell for so many years. This mindset was a huge detriment to my recovery from panic, exactly like flogging a dead horse.
With this disease I’ve found that the sufferer is often hardest on themselves.
With panic disorder or any anxiety disorder, it is paramount that we learn to love ourselves and be our own best friends. We must be our own advocates. After a panic attack, we must treat ourselves with love and compassion. We cannot and must not be hard on ourselves. This is how we create room for true recovery and healing.
How can I be good to myself?
Allow yourself to feel bad but don’t dwell on it too much.
Get adequate rest if you haven’t slept
Eat small nutritious meals
Reach out to others who understand and will not judge you.
Here are 24 more ways to be good to yourself: click here.
I wish you peace,
ps. If you find that you mentally beat yourself up after a panic attack or otherwise engage in negative, destructive behaviors, Stop at once! You deserve better than that and I’m here to tell you that you are worth it 🙂