I had a major panic attack some time ago, not that at time I knew what it was. Later on when I felt better I googled my symptoms and  came to know it was a panic/ anxiety attack. I will not share why and where I had it because sometimes if you are in the same situation if you are anxious you can trigger a panic attack because of something similar since you have read about it. And believe me, I would know first hand that this can happen. The first episode was not too bad but I gave the panic attack it too much importance to the point where I started avoiding the situation where I could get one. God forbid if I had to be in that situation, I would become a crying, whimpering person, so unlike myself.  It all became a big cycle of fear where I was so afraid of panicking that the fear would itself cause panic And I would go to any extent to avoid the situation .  A few months later I had another panic attack and this time it was a major attack. I didn’t know what to do or how to stop myself from panicking because this time it was not a situation I could get out of. For the next two days I was a complete nervous wreck.  I kept it to myself and tried to keep busy with the kids and all. Being a weekend the time somehow passed. I made an appointment to see a psychologist but the appointment was for the following week.  The worst thing was that after the weekend when the kids left for school and my husband was leaving for work I was a nervous wreck again. The thought of being alone scared me and all I could think of was what will happen if I get a panic attack when I am alone. I didn’t know what to do and I decided to Google about how to overcome these thoughts. That’s when I came across this article.  Bless the person who has written this. If you or anybody you know has these anxiety or panic attacks please read this article. The article really helped me.  I stopped fearing the panic attack, repeatedly telling myself if I have a panic attack I will deal with it as and when required. I refused to let the fear of these attacks rule over me. Yet it seemed to me my brain had turned against me. In anything i did the fear of having a panic attack was lurking right there. I sometimes woke up in the middle of the night with a racing heart beat,  sweating a lot. I didn’t know what to do. My mind was consciously or subconsciously trying to scare me.

That’s when I decided to exercise and look for natural remedies for anxiety.  Even with all the self help it took me a lot of time to get over these negative feelings and even now and then I do get into a situation where I feel panicky. This is when I read this article again and again. Panic is in our mind and it’s very easy to reach for the relaxants or the antidepressants. These medicines do help in some cases but the most important thing is having confidence in ourself and not giving into the fear. It’s easier said than done and it requires a lot of courage to be able to do so. Panic attacks and depression are not a weakness or flaw. They are just a chemical imbalance triggered by being under stress or a lot of duress. The most important thing is to reach out for help and know that nothing is wrong with you. Speak to a psychologist, there are a lot of therapies available to help you. Exercise a lot.  Exercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.   When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural antidepressants and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.   Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Most importantly go out unwind, laugh , be happy and just remember that the fact that you are alive and there nothing more important than that.


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