What we're taught to say after we go to the hospital for a panic attack because we think it's a heart attack:
"It was just stress, you know, I just have to learn to take things easier, you know, not let things bother me."
And then we go around trying to force ourselves to "take things easier" and "not let things bother us."
But things do bother us.
The reason why it's coming in the form of a panic attack is because what's bothering us isn't on the surface.
It's stuff under our normal comprehension that is causing severe agitation.
It can be a multitude of different things. Maybe not even bad things. It could just be overwhelm and being too busy. It could be fear of an attack coming.
But telling ourselves that we're just going to take things easier is making the anxiety worse.
Anxiety is popping up because it wants to be acknowledged, and the more we try to force it down, the hotter the pot percolates.
Instead, you want to treat it just like you would treat the physical aspects of your health.
In the same way you would say, "I'm having some symptoms because I had way too much sodium for dinner last night, you say, "I am experiencing anxiety because I'm either overworked or I have something on my mind that I'm not aware of, that hasn't been dealt with.
You start to get aware of when and how anxiety affects you, and you make little goals for the next time it shows up. Each time you acknowledge how you feel, the anxiety feels a little more heard, and it will get easier. It's a practice.
People with anxiety are concerned about a lot of different things. They're more sensitive, more perceptive to things. You don't have to give yourself a hard time about it, just treat it as, "Wow, I saw too much or I did too much or I'm thinking too much."
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