When you breathe you’re inhaling life into your body.

The panic attacks have always been a rare occurrence, but an occurrence nonetheless.

These panic attacks leave me grasping for air. Hoping to fill my body with life. Sometimes I am unsuccessful, and lose my grasp on reality and drift into my world of shock. When I am there, I lose all feeling, I stare into the vast world around me. I see my body, suddenly calm, finally getting the breath of air my body has been craving, but I’m lost in this world of shock, a world of fear, alone with my thoughts, if I don’t actively seek happy thoughts, or have outside help, I’m drawn back into the panic.

The world around us instills fear, panic, and worry into some of the strongest people.

A lot of people suffer from anxiety, and a lot of people suffer alone, like me, scared to share these terrifying experiences with other people. But finding that one person, friend, family member, etc that can calm you down, the person who can catch the fear from your eyes and hold you, help you breath, help you catch a hold back into reality.

For those of you who don’t suffer from this terrifying experience, and those of you to never experience someone you know suffering, just understand it is a different sensation for each and everyone of us. Some feel claustrophobic, some can’t breath on their own, some just need a hand to pull them back in.

For me, I leave, I leave my body alone without air, and I get farther into my head, purely making it worse and worse. I have always some how pulled myself from these thoughts, some how brought myself back into the world, sometimes in minutes, sometimes moments later, I’ve had them build as I drive myself home, pulling over and parking to give myself the chance to fall apart. There are few people in this world that can pull me back together. Very few.

I rely on those who make me feel strong, people who look past my anxiety and look at the positive strong and beautiful parts of me. “You are strong, you are beautiful, I love you, I am here for you” these people hold me, coach me in my breathing, and bring me back into the world.

Ultimately a great thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different, everyone suffers in their own way, most of us can’t explain to you why or what, but the oncoming panic hits us in waves until it consumes us.

Watching someone you love get consumed by panic, worry, fear, is terrifying but you have to remember they are just as terrified as you.

Tips on How to Handle a Panic Attack:

1.  Don't be afraid, it is temporary. You have done this before, you can do it again. If you are not afraid it will take the power away from anxiety.

2. Move. Move. Moving and getting active can help your body stay empowered, pace, walk, stretch. Some of us get stuck, the sensation of not being able to breathe can mess with this tip, but try some easy stretches and gradually move up. 

3. Talk about it. Share the anxiety, call someone, have someone come over, say aloud your thoughts. Vocalizing your thoughts takes the power away from the anxiety.

4. BREATHE. Don't forget to breathe, count down to deep breaths, have someone match breathing with you. You can do it. This won't last.

5. Feel Empowered. You are strong, you can do this, you have done it before. You are okay!

Published by Reyna Lex