Facing Anxiety Head On: From Ferris Wheels to Flying Alone

We’re almost half way into October and I realized I haven’t posted here in quite awhile. My life has been sort of all over the place. I had a big challenge to endure at the end of September – namely, my flight to and from Aruba.

I spoke about this a little in my last post: how I have always loved and looked forward to flying, and how sucky it was for anxiety to creep into that area of my life too. Over the last few years whenever I had to fly, I have been white knuckling it. By that I mean, taking medication, and doing my best to distract myself. Basically hating every minute, and just wanting it to be over with.

Well, the way this particular vacation happened seemed to be the “Perfect Storm” for my anxiety to rear it’s ugly head and make my life absolute and complete hell. As in the 2 weeks leading up to the flight, I was almost in a paralyzed state. The fear was that intense.

I was freaked out, of course, but also had the presence of mind to know I needed to take action, and fast. Continue reading

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Using The Law of Attraction to Heal Anxiety

If you get quiet enough, sometimes you get certain insights that can only be described as grace. These insights can help to make life better for us. Today I want to talk about how I am using the Law of Attraction to heal myself of anxiety. My hope is this will inspire you to do the same! 🙂
Recently a dear friend went home to China for a 3 week visit. When she came back to work, she excitedly brought me into the locker room to give me a special gift- a little statue of a cabbage. She said, “This will bring you good luck with EVERYTHING.”

When I got home I researched this little cabbage statue, and indeed it is meant to bring 100 years of prosperity. I decided to take my friend’s word for it. She is just the kindest, nicest, and most well-meaning person I know. When I got home from work that evening, I placed the little cabbage statue near my computer so I could see it every day.

Not a few days later, my husband invited me to watch a free movie on Amazon Prime with him. My husband is not spiritual at all. This movie came out some years ago, and the book was a best seller. The movie was The Secret. Continue reading

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How the Mind Twists Reality into Hell- And The Way Back to Peace

Eckhart Tolle teaches that the thinking mind is very dysfunctional and most humans live in a state of deep seated lack. This sense of lack manifests differently for different people. For me it has always been anxiety.

That my mind is still dysfunctional was abundantly clear to me last Sunday morning. I am completely off all anxiety and depression medication (except on an as needed basis) And it’s easy to remember why I went on it them in the first place, all those years ago, in my teens. I still live with such a negative mind.

It feels like the goal of my mind is to keep me in fear and anxiety, to keep me guarded and cut off. It’s awful when it kicks up.

Take last Sunday. It was a perfectly glorious June morning. The sun was out, birds were singing, you couldn’t ask for more. And almost as soon as I woke up from my restful sleep, the thoughts started: Continue reading

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Panic Attacks Info Tip #2: When Fear Comes, Wait

In a recent post we looked at an important Panic Attacks Info Tip #1: to Expect, Allow, and Accept – not fight, resist or deny- when your anxiety does come.

Today we will expand a little more on our 10 Rules for Coping with Panic Attacks, specifically Rules #5: Wait for the Fear to Pass, and #6: Notice When it Fades. We can encompass both these rules into this one helpful tip:

Today’s Panic Attacks Info Tip is: When Fear Comes, Wait.

Let it be.

When you experience fear and anxiety or an impending panic attack, your natural impulse is to flee and run rather than to stay and feel the fear. But this is the exact opposite of what you need to do in order to get better. Continue reading

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Enjoying Spring- and Spring Cleaning My Mind :)

What a nice spring we are having. I just came in from taking Buddy around the block and down to the little lake we have near our house. All the little buds and leaves are coming out. The forsythia are just past their prime, as well as the daffodils and early spring flowers. And the birds are all around singing and happy. The grass is really green, it’s been raining a lot.

all healing is essentially the release from fear

Walking, I felt such gratitude for this mild afternoon. I’d woken up with some anxiety, but worked on getting my head straightened out.

I listened to some spiritual things that really brought me a lot of comfort today. There was a prayer I read from A Course in Miracles that I just loved. I shared it on Facebook earlier. Here it is: Continue reading

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I Got Off the Worry Train & Had a Good Weekend

This past weekend we all went upstate for an overnight trip to visit my parents and for Easter Sunday dinner. My sister and her partner also live near my parents so we got to see them too.

And it went fine. It was really nice. And I am so grateful I went. But as usual my mind was all over the place in the days leading up to the trip. My mind tried to make the trip into a big deal – something that would be very hard to bear.

This was the first time our whole family has made the trip since before the mess of last summer.

The mind stuff went something like this: This trip is going to suck big time. What if Bob will behave rudely and who knows what my family even thinks of him now. I know they tolerate him, but I also know how pissed off they were at him last summer for what went down. And the car ride up- I hate how he drives. He speeds and tailgates. What if I can’t hold it together in front of the girls and start screaming at him and ruin the whole trip?

For me, thinking about something significant before it actually happens in real life is ALWAYS worse than doing it. Continue reading

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How to Gently Find Inner Peace

Have you ever just observed a little baby or small child? How – when their needs are met-  how peacefully and effortlessly they are just being in the world?

You and I were once like that too. Before we formed our identities and then became immersed and overcome with the world and our wants, needs and desires. And before anxiety reared its ugly head.

On the journey of finding inner peace and healing, as you learn to quiet the mind little by little and become peaceful with the present moment, you notice little things along the way.

Recently I was in a Body Pump class at my gym. The instructor is a nice woman, I’ve taken classes with her for years. And I know she only meant it in a helpful way when the shoulder work was getting hard and she shouted out to all of us: “Don’t be easy on yourself!”

That remark really resonated with me – but not in a good way… Continue reading

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Panic Attacks Info Tip: Expect, Allow, and Accept Your Fear

Searching for panic attacks info can sometimes be anything but easy. You may Google your symptoms, read a good article, or be lead to an anxiety forum where you hear conflicting advice. And sometimes the stuff we read on the internet can be downright scary. As if we’re already not scared enough!

One of the goals of writing PanicFreeMe.com is to help demystify some of the confusing information floating around out there. Someone asked me recently how I know so much about panic attacks and anxiety. The answer is just this- I’ve lived it.

In our last post we looked at an outline of 10 Rules for Coping with Panic Attacks. We used positive coping statements throughout. The positive self talk statements were simple, concise and to the point. Today we will delve a little deeper into some basic, but important panic attacks info. Continue reading

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