If you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself in an uncontrollable state of panic, you can easily slip out of cognitive control. Anything could happen when you’re panic-stricken.
If you’ve been triggered and fallen into a state of panic, blood pressure rises, heartbeats drastically, you get shot up with heavy doses of adrenaline, you feel that your life is at stake and you lose your ability to reason effectively as you lose yourself to the overwhelming panic.
Anything you do or say in such a state, you should not be held liable for, but unfortunately, often you are. Losing yourself to panic can make you feel like your losing your mind, and it can look that way to others witnessing the event, the more expressive you are as a person. Your otherwise enviable enthusiasm and passion can make you appear to be a raving lunatic.
People who have fallen victim to the panic-stricken state may find themselves in hospitals, jails, mental wards, prisons, or graveyards. No need to worry about going crazy because you’re not. You just need to find ways to get a handle on your panic before you get there.
First, you need to know what the early warning signs are indicating you’ve been triggered and, on your way, to having a panic attack. It’s different for every person, but some common signs you’re panic-stricken could include racing or heavy heartbeat, perspiration, shortness of breath, trembling and/or shaking.
When you start to sense these signs you want to take steps to interrupt the pattern of panic before it escalates to the point of losing your ability to be mindful. As your panic increases, you could experience other symptoms including getting tingling sensations in your extremities, dizzy, nausea.
Un-interrupted, you could find yourself in a full-on panic episode, and who wouldn’t, if you had chest pain, felt like you were having a heart attack, and that you may very well die from the emergent sense of urgency. That’s when cognition shuts down, and you’ve lost yourself to panic.
Anything that happens after that will likely be a blur, or you may experience a black-out, unable to recall the events clearly, or at all, when panic-stricken.
Analyze your panic attacks and get to know which physiological indicators show up first when you are triggered and at risk of becoming panic-stricken. Instead of letting yourself be overwhelmed by the fear associated with the symptoms, find a way to calm down your nerves.
Take slow, deep breaths and find ways to relax in the moment, center yourself, close your eyes and focus on things you love, are hugely grateful for, make you feel loved, or connect to yourself on a soulular level. Surround yourself by a bubble filled with loving-kindness. Give yourself over to a high love state, instead of panic, and you’ve won this battle.
You can rest assured that panic is not eternal, as all forms of panic resolve themselves and subside unless you have been unfortunate to have lost your life in the midst of panic. You might feel as though you might die from panic, but the fact remains, if you are reading these words, you haven’t yet.
There is huge hope for you to change the way you experience panic if you have the wherewithal to do something different, the next time you feel yourself heading in that direction.