Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something bad is going to happen. (Wikipedia, 2018)
When I first started experiencing intense panic attacks in 2013, I didn't know what they were. I thought I was totally fine, and couldn't understand why I'd be having trouble with anxiety. I was the one who always held it together. I could take on anything and everything. I had accomplished a lot at a young age and worked well under pressure. I had everything under control...
Until I didn't.
My panic attacks stopped me dead in my tracks and forced me to take a closer look at my entire lifestyle. As I learned more about anxiety, I realized I'd been living with a medium-level of anxiety for as long as I could remember, and that I'd had less severe panic attacks several times but disregarded them as dizzy spells or intense nervousness.
I no longer wanted to go back to the ways things were before the panic attacks - I wanted to get even better than that. I wanted to take my medium-level anxiety down to low.
Looking back now, I can see how a lifestyle that I thought was "fine" was so not fine.
Does this sound like you?
Perfectionist, type A personality
Over-reacting to everyday situations
Exhausting yourself with worry
Feeling that you are never doing enough
Staying super busy, unable to sit still
Have a habit like biting your nails, shaking your leg, or chewing on your gums
Holding your breath or breathing very shallow
Tension headaches from clenching your teeth
Constantly anticipating the future, needing to plan every moment
Always thinking "what if," imagining tragic accidents & worst case scenarios
Leaning heavily on a vice such as drugs, coffee, or alcohol
Not wanting to be alone, even if it's just the TV or radio keeping you company
Compulsively checking email and social media
Have bad - often embarrassing - digestion
Avoid places and situations that may make you uncomfortable
Creature of habit, sticking diligently to routines & familiar places/foods/people
Do you assume all this is "normal"? I did.
But the truth is, you don't have to live this way. You can feel comfortable in your own skin, get better sleep, learn to enjoy the present moment, and even experience some adventure by stepping outside your comfort zone! And the best part is, you don't have to get a lifetime prescription for xanax, go live in an ashram, get a lotus flower tattoo, or become a vegan to do so. The Lazy Wellness approach is all-natural, adaptable, realistic and sustainable for YOUR lifestyle.
In the six years since my anxiety peaked, I've devoted myself to a healthy, mindful lifestyle. I've tried a lot of approaches and found a balance that works for me. Because life is ever-changing, so is my approach to anxiety. So it's not just about finding one fixed way of living, but instead learning the tools we can always carry to handle anything that life might throw our way.
After realizing that life doesn't have to be this way, I made it my mission to show others the freedom and comfort that I was able to find. There is really nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Life is happening now, don't miss it.