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  • The subject for today is: Anxiety attacks

  • Any of you who have had an anxiety attack know that it is one of the worst sensations you can have

  • out of any sensation on this planet

  • if you had a panic attack

  • you know it

  • it's a very surreal experience and

  • it makes you feel like your life is completely out of your control

  • So, what is a panic attack and what can we do about it?

  • A panic attack is basically a sudden intense episode of fear

  • fear which is coming in response to a thought which you're thinking

  • usually a thought which is subconscious rather than conscious

  • Whatever thought it is that you thought

  • caused your body

  • to react as if it was a life or death situation

  • your body was then flooded with chemicals which are associated with

  • fight or flight

  • now, in that kind of a circumstance

  • When fear is coming in response to a thought

  • which doesn't necessarily pertain to the experience

  • or your circumstance that you're in,

  • your body is flooded

  • with chemicals like adrenaline

  • those chemicals would be normal if you're running through the woods being

  • chased by a bear

  • or were in some other circumstance that was a threat to your life

  • however, when you have an anxiety attack

  • most often those chemicals are being flooded to your system

  • out of context

  • meaning, there is no immediate threat that you can perceive to your physical well-being

  • but your body is registering that there is

  • The fact that these emotions

  • feel as if they are

  • out of context

  • makes you feel crazy and makes you feel like you're losing control

  • and that right there is really the hallmark of the panic attack because

  • the sensation becomes what you start to fear

  • you start to fear that you're losing control and you start to fear that you're

  • crazy (for lack of a better word)

  • and so

  • that fear on top of the previous fear that your body thinks that is in a situation of life or death

  • causes a level of fear

  • to happen

  • which is

  • debilitating

  • a lot of times you will fear having other panic attacks as well because

  • the experience is so intensely horrible

  • it becomes something which inhibits you in life

  • you fear having another one

  • to the degree where

  • you may limit what you're doing socially

  • you structure your life

  • in resistance to the idea of having another anxiety attack

  • but that fear, in and of itself can cause another one to come on

  • and then we develop things like anxiety or panic disorders

  • to understand some of the symptoms which might occur to you if you were having a panic attack

  • I'm going to give you some of these symptoms now

  • If you're having a panic attack you may experience:

  • A sense of impending doom or danger

  • The fear of loss of control or of death

  • You may begin to experience very rapid heart rate

  • You may start to sweat or tremble

  • You may feel shortness of breath or you may have a hyperventilation problem

  • You may get chills or hot flashes

  • You may feel nauseous

  • You might get abdominal cramping

  • chest pain

  • a headache

  • You may get dizzy you may feel faint

  • You may feel like your throat is closing up on you, like it's super tight and you have trouble swallowing

  • You may feel numbness in your extremities

  • or you may have the feeling of surreal reality

  • meaning, that you feel like you're detached from yourself

  • I want to reiterate that your brain has no way of distinguishing between the thoughts you're thinking

  • and the reality which it perceives

  • This very principle, that your brain has no way of perceiving the difference between thought and reality

  • can work to your advantage

  • but in the case of an anxiety attack it works to your disadvantage

  • because your brain can't really distinguish

  • whether the thoughts that you are thinking

  • are real

  • or not real

  • everything is real to the brain so if you're thinking a thought

  • which puts your body in panic mode

  • your brain at that moment doesn't stop itself and say: "this is not reality"

  • it perceives itself

  • being in a life or death situation

  • so it's important for those of us who have anxiety attacks to acknowledge the fact that

  • we're not going crazy

  • the body and the brain are responding in perfect

  • accordance to what our thoughts are.

  • I personally don't advocate

  • any anti-anxiety medications

  • that are available today

  • unless

  • a person believes

  • that that is the thing which will cure them because belief

  • is the trump card for everything.

  • If you feel like anxiety medication is the only thing which can help you release resistance to anxiety

  • it's not wrong for you to go get them

  • but in my personal opinion

  • your emotions

  • are the compass which are leading you

  • through life, they're what's telling you if the thought you hold

  • resonates with your higher self and that what you truly are, or does not resonate

  • with who you are and what you really

  • should be doing

  • So, why take out the compass

  • that's what we're doing so often nowadays in our medicinal

  • practices

  • is, we're basically making an enemy of the very thing which is leading us

  • in the correct

  • or incorrect direction

  • and then we wonder why our lives have become numb

  • and we wonder why our lives have become less than satisfactory

  • In order to prevent anxiety attacks you want to avoid alcohol and avoid

  • stimulants like coffee and like sugar.

  • Some of us have much more sensitive systems than others

  • I think this is a good thing, to have a very sensitive nervous system means

  • that you have a very very accurate compass

  • It's very hard for people who are sensitive

  • to go on the opposite direction of what is right for them

  • So it's not a good thing to make an enemy of a sensitive system

  • but, it's best if you can gear your choices in life

  • towards a diet and a lifestyle

  • which will pacify your nervous system

  • and nurture your nervous system

  • so, create any kind of grounding environments for your nervous system to

  • flourish so you're not bombarding it

  • because your likelihood of having a kind of a

  • panic attack or chronic anxiety if you're overloading it with stimulants

  • is super super high

  • Get regular exercise

  • I know we all harp on diet, exercise and sleep

  • but exercise

  • is really really good for your nervous system

  • joint impact

  • releases chemicals in your brain

  • which pacify your system

  • they actually have a calming effect which is why a lot of people with

  • anxiety disorders

  • are addicted exercise

  • Get eight hours of sleep a day

  • When you are allowing yourself to go to sleep you're releasing resistance

  • you're rejoining your Source Self perspective

  • and in the absence of resistance

  • well-being and health

  • is allowed to flourish

  • it will literally cascade naturally through your body

  • so you're allowing yourself to reset

  • when you allow yourself to sleep enough

  • Find every way you can to reduce stress in your life

  • Stress takes a toll on your body

  • It is basically, the heart every single disorder and every single disease

  • If you maintain a life of stress or a focus on situations which make you feel stress

  • your likelihood for an anxiety attack increases exponentially

  • the reason is because your body

  • is set up

  • for the specific chemicals that are released within it

  • What I mean is:

  • If you're a person who chronically fuels stress

  • the brand new cells that are made within your body

  • are made intact with receptor sites which are

  • specifically designed

  • for the neuropeptides

  • in your body which are associated with stress

  • and when those receptor sites

  • get denied of chemicals they start to go into a crave

  • type of situation

  • where they release all kinds of information about

  • them dying and needing that same kind of chemical