There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.
If you want to take down the Empire State Building, you have to get the bricks out, one at a time. It may take you a long time but that is a sure way to go about it.
It is much like eliminating your anxiety and panic attack problems. You need to be able to understand that breaking it down to manageable chunks (by learning how to change you behavior, changing your thinking patterns and a host of other natural techniques) will break down your entire ” Empire State building” of anxiety and panic disorder sooner, if not later.
Isn’t that a comforting thought? You bet it is.
You don’t have to plough through it one time, big time.
But by… bits and pieces.
Here are chunks of natural cures and techniques to beat your anxiety and panic attacks:
1. Rose oil helps in reducing aches and inflammation. It stops pain caused by wounds and arthritis. To top it all off, Rose oil can eliminate stress and anxiety by inducing intense calmness and serenity. It improves mental clarity, enhances alertness and therefore boosts your self-esteem level. You can use rose oil as is, for massage or you can add it in a warm bathtub full of water and soak your body for an hour or so.
2. Act like a robot. Flick the switch off then the robot’s power goes down. When you feel a panic attack coming on, switch off your power by relaxing every muscle of your body, slouch, drop your head on your chin, change your breathing pattern to slow tempo (think Darth Vader) and clear your mind. Make everything happen in an instant, all at the same time. Rather odd technique. Effective nonetheless.
3. This is one distraction technique particularly useful when you have a full-blown panic attack. Get a lighter and flick it. Stare at the flame. Focus on its kaleidoscopic color. Concentrate on its gentle motion. Erase the thoughts on your mind and just focus on the gentleness of the flames’ motion. You can do the same if you use a matchstick.
4. Acupressure and Acupuncture. Both these ancient Chinese healing techniques have their own place in the sun. Try them. Discover that these work in staving off your stress level and reducing your anxiety and panic attacks.
5. Blink you eyes and instantly clear your thoughts. Keep your mind clear from any thoughts as you blink your eyes. Repeat as often as necessary until you will be comfortable with the process and experience calmness. The blinker technique is applicable when your feel an onset of panic attacks. Practicing this technique makes the looming power of panic attacks seem puny and useless. It also cuts the fear process/negative loop immediately.
6. Visualization: In my opinion this method works as a preventive measure. Practice visualization daily and when you feel a panic attack coming on, it won’t be as powerful as when you don’t visualize daily. Think of it as daily work-out routine to prepare yourself for a marathon. Your level of energy, your immunity system and strength are all improve, if you exercise regularly.Thus you will be able to withstand and manage your stress well throughout the day.
My favorite visualization process is, for a few minutes everyday I will relax my body, close my eyes and breathe deeply. I visualize I am floating in a pool full of blue jello. Just relaxing and enjoying my day. Isn’t that a relaxing thought? You can go on mini-vacations on demand, by allocating time for visualization each day. And you will find that you are better equip to deal with stress and anxiety in today’s hustle and bustle world.
7. Identify and list down your stress causers. Is it a situation? A person? A Place? Rate them 1 to 10 (ten being the highest). Once you know exactly what causes you the most stress you either get rid of it, reduce your exposure to it or end your relationship with that person.
By rating the list of stressors you can immediately ignore the items with ratings 1,2 or 3. You can easily point out which needs your attention the most and solve it. Without your “stress list” and its corresponding ratings you will feel that there is a monkey always hanging on your back all the time.