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It is possible to never have a panic attack again, ever.
I’m sure you’re reading that, thinking it’s not possible. But it is.
And no, you don’t need a prescription, or even therapy, to be able to gain control of panic attacks. You can do it all by yourself.
How do I know this? Because I did it. All on my own, with no help from anyone. And that’s how I know it’s possible.
The first thing you need to do is just be honest with yourself. If you can’t be honest with yourself, then who can you be honest with? What I mean by that is, acknowledge and accept both your strengths and your weaknesses.
I’m sure you have heard or read about self-awareness. Well, there’s a reason the word self-awareness is so prevalent. It’s because in order for you to start gaining control of your life, you have to become aware of yourself, your feelings, and your reactions.
Everyone has the capability to do this, it’s really a matter of practicing it. Once you’ve practiced enough, it will start happening automatically. In the beginning, it will take a little bit of work to get started.
When you learn to become more self-aware, amazing things can happen, especially when it comes to anxiety symptoms. I’m going to share how I used self-awareness in order to never have a panic attack again.
Gaining control of your thoughts –
You know that little voice inside your head? That inner you, that spews out thoughts into your mind, instead of out loud? Practice gaining control of that voice. Learn to quiet your inner voice, so you can pay attention to what’s actually going on around you.
There are several ways to do this. Some people are better at this than others, and that’s ok. Everyone is different, and everyone learns things differently.
Here are some ways to get started with learning how to control your thoughts, and practice self-awareness.
- Meditate – Meditation is an easy and excellent way to clear your mind and quiet that inner voice. It’s also very calming and relaxing.
- Pay attention – Start paying attention to that inner voice. What is it saying? Is it positive, or negative?
- Practice – Practice quieting your inner thoughts, as well as replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
- Journaling – Keep a thought journal. Reflect on what you’ve written, and start paying attention to it. This can also help you work on changing your thoughts, and it will help you better visualize your progress as you get better and better at controlling and changing your thoughts.
I think one of the most important things is to know that YOU ARE IN CONTROL. Yes, you are in control of your thoughts, as well as your reactions to those thoughts.
The biggest question to ask yourself is, “How bad do I want it?” If your goal is to never have a panic attack again, it’s achievable, just like any other goal. You have to want it bad enough, and you have to work to get there.
You can do it.
Trust me, there was a time in my life where I didn’t think it was possible to gain control of my panic attacks. They made me feel the exact opposite, and I hated it.
So, I decided I’d had enough. I was not going to let this control me. I was not going to let another panic attack get the best of me, or stop me from living my life. I got angry, and determined.
Once I reached that point, that was it. When I would start to feel it creep up on me, I would tell myself, “No. You’re fine. Everything is fine, it’s not real.”
Obviously this didn’t work right away. But over time, it did. I first learned how to stop them before they got out of control. I’d call someone if I started feeling panicked. I’d ask them to just talk to me about anything, to take my mind off of it. Or I’d force myself to start focusing on something else.
After I mastered that, I learned how to stop them from happening at all.
I realized that my panic attacks were literally all in my head. My thoughts were what manifested the feeling of panic. Once I learned how to control my thoughts, I controlled my feeling of panic. And when I realized that I did have control, I did have a choice, I chose not to be afraid of panic attacks anymore.
I chose not to have them. I chose not to allow my thoughts to have that much control over me. It really is that simple. I know it sounds crazy, impossible even. But it’s true.
Not only did I learn how to do this on my own, I figured out exactly how the mind and body connection worked when it came to panic attacks. It’s unbelievable how much the two are connected.
I was the cause of my own panic. And I was also the cure.
“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – Buddha
I had my last full blown panic attack 18 years ago. I almost forget that I used to have them now. I learned how to never have a panic attack again all on my own, no therapy, no medication. You can do the same.
All you have to ask yourself is, “How bad do I want it?”
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill