Ever had your heart start pulsing out of nowhere? Me too, and it took me awhile to figure out how to handle it.
In middle school I got an “F” on a test once. I was the smart kid-AN F? That just wouldn’t do. It prompted me into my first series of panic attacks. The thought of having to go to school, that I was a failure was so heavy that I cracked and it was a very scary time. I learned eventually how to control it, but I still get anxious every once in awhile (I am only human) but I thought sharing my tips for what works for me would be helpful for someone at least.
So here they are: 5 ways I calm myself down when I feel like I’m about to have a panic attack
I know you’re probably thinking well duh Katelyn, but I wanted to emphasize taking long deep breaths. If I’m somewhere with a lot of noise that can amplify it, so I remove myself from the commotion and take five incredibly large breaths. A good alternative is to practice some yoga. I always notice how more calm I am when I regularly am practicing.
2. Disconnect and Reconnect with Nature
This is probably the most helpful thing for me. Whenever I feel myself getting anxious from work, life, everything, I like to take a whole day and escape to the mountains. I’m pretty lucky to live in Colorado where you can literally go for a hike in the mountains and you have no cell service. I feel like it grounds you and helps you appreciate how intricate this world and universe it. Can’t hike a mountain? Watch the sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee or tea, that also does the trick for me.
3. Go for a drive with your favorite music
When I was little, when I wouldn’t fall asleep my parents would take me for a car ride and within minutes I was out. I’m quite the notorious car sleeper, but going for a drive always seems to calm me down with some good music. My favorites are The Civil Wars, Hillsong, NEEDTOBREATHE, and anything I can sing to that’s not too overwhelming.
4. Read a book
Getting lost in a book is an all time favorite. Lately I’ve been into self development books which remind me of how amazing I am and to let my worries go. My favorite reads are “You are a Badass”, “The Slight Edge”, and “The Compound Effect”. It refocuses my energy into something positive, and encouraging.
5. Lay your worries down
I need to constantly remind myself that being anxious about the future is never helpful, because God is always in control and He knows exactly what he is doing. Pray. Journal. Talk to someone. I found an old journal where I would write three things every single day I was thankful for. What an AMAZING exercise. It reminds you of how wonderful your life truly is. Listen to an old sermon, podcast, read your Bible. When you allow yourself to let go and let your faith be in control, amazing things will happen. For all your anxious sleepers, here’s a prayer I found on Pinterest that I love to repeat a few times before bed.
I want to know how YOU guys deal with anxiety-comment and let me know!
As always, thanks for reading and have a beautiful day everyone.