In our last post we discussed three important points in self help for panic attacks: advocating for yourself, educating yourself about anxiety and panic attacks, and reaching out to others. Today we’ll look at more self help for panic attacks.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that originated in India thousands of years ago. It consists of concentrated breathing combined with moving through and holding various poses or asanas. Yoga helps the body to strengthen, stretch and achieve balance .
Yoga is highly recommended to relieve stress and anxiety. It focuses very much on slow diaphragmatic breathing, the practice of which can help anxiety sufferers who often breathe shallowly. (we pant 🙂 ) Yoga has been shown to improve social skills, mood, and well being. It even helps with insomnia. All this plus a strong healthy body too – is this the perfect exercise for panic attack sufferers or what? 🙂
I love yoga and have done it on and off since my 20’s. Since I work online, it’s hard for me to get to the gym. I miss my yoga classes very much: they really help me feel calm and centered. Thankfully I found a great yoga DVD that I can incorporate into my work day which I want to share with you: The Wai Lana Yoga Beginners Workout DVD.
This is a beginner level yoga video that incorporates relaxation into the workout. It’s super convenient. If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of free time or work online, this is a great way to have yoga in your life.
Check out the Wai Lana Yoga Beginners Workout DVD and give it a try. Let me know what you think.
Meditation, like yoga, is one of those practices that has so many benefits, it almost seems too good to be true. Specific to anxiety sufferers, it decreases stress, anxiety and depression. There is also less activity in the area of the brain that produces fear, the amygdala. It lessens panic attacks and can even help resolve phobias. Meditation is simple and available to everyone.
I like to use short, simple healing meditations to help with my generalized anxiety. This keeps me feeling calm overall and lessens anxious thinking, which can lead to panic attacks.
Here is a wonderful program for healing meditation. You need only 10 minutes a day to see and feel results. If you’re just thinking about going into meditation to help with anxiety and just want to make sure you start out on the right track, this is for you.
Natural Anti Anxiety Relief
I incorporate healthy eating habits with natural supplements for natural anti anxiety relief.
Specifically, I drink decaf green tea throughout the day, do my best to avoid refined sugars and caffeine. I also avoid deep fried foods which put a lot of stress on the adrenal glands and can increase my stress levels.
The cool thing I found about eating healthy is that it actually feels better. When I go on a junk food binge, like I did a few days ago, I feel bloated and sluggish and can actually feel a low level of anxiety coursing through my veins. It is very uncomfortable. The price I pay for my salt and sugar cravings is so not worth it.
But eating healthy does not come easily or naturally for me. That’s why I take vitamins and supplements. For insomnia I like to occasionally use a melatonin or valerian supplement. Or I can steep 3 bags of chamomile tea before bed. Click here to go to the post for details.
I am desiring permanent relief from panic attacks. It is in that spirit that I approach my wellness with natural stress relief, and thereby choose to work with my body, rather than just fight the symptoms, which is what my prescription Xanax and Klonopin do. Here are three excellent products for natural anti anxiety relief:
For more information and to purchase these products, you may click on the images above, or click here to go to the site.
Though not as popular as yoga or meditation, many people have found effective and blessed relief from panic attacks through listening to self hypnosis downloads. I found this site awhile ago and have been listening to the downloads. I have to say, they are really good, and I feel amazing after listening to them. I especially like the Stop Panic Attacks download.
See this post for other 10 self hypnosis downloads I recommend.
In closing, over the last two posts, we’ve been looking at various methods of self help for panic attacks. Can you think of other self help methods that you use for panic attacks? Share so we all can benefit.
I wish you peace,
p.s. It really feels good to take care of this body of mine. It’s the very least I can do, after so many years of overuse, neglect, and anxiety 😉
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