When Panic Attacks My Health

Coping with Anxiety

Maintaining emotional health can be challenging for anyone who is having a bad day. For people who suffer from regular panic attacks, even a good day can be a challenge when coping with anxiety. Factors such as past trauma, relationship problems, work-related stress, financial worries, body health, arguments with friends, family and even strangers all have been known to trigger panic attacks. Many of the medications prescribed by health practitioners come with a list of crippling side effects. Aside from medication, what are some ways to manage panic attacks and anxiety?

The First of Many Panic Attacks
My idea of coping with normal teenage life was anticipating the next day I would spend with my boyfriend. When I wasn’t with him, I thought about normal teenage problems like my struggles with academics, friend trouble, and family that didn’t understand me. My first panic attack happened at the age of 17. It started with a pounding in my chest, and a feeling of blockage in my throat that made it difficult to breathe.

Another four years went by before I was diagnosed with panic attacks. The drugs prescribed by my health clinic treated both anxiety and panic attacks. The prescription label instructed me to take the medication several times a day. I experienced a great deal of insomnia, and other times I could not get enough sleep. It also caused many health problems including lightheadedness, increased depression, dry mouth, drowsiness, irritability, and body weakness. The anxiety medication made me feel worse than the panic attacks.

A Natural Approach to Coping with Anxiety
Now I take a more natural approach to coping with my anxiety. To calm my anxiety and prevent panic attacks, I make small changes in my life. Through my work with animals, to practicing breathing exercises, and listening to music, I have experienced a great improvement in my anxiety. Even some of the worst panic attacks can be fixed with the right music. The music assists with the mind’s ability to focus on the task of calming and coping with problems on an individual basis.

The first key to coping with anxiety naturally for me was being able to accept that I had control over my body. Once I had control over my body, I felt that I had control over my life. I did not let the anxiety ruin my life. Instead, I allowed it to help me understand how to live it.…

Drinking Less Water Affects Your Health, Causes Anxiety

Ever go about your day feeling like you are floating in a fog? Ever get that dizzy, merry-go-round feeling like you’re walking on wavy ground? Do you feel light-headed and faint, like you are going to pass out or your legs are going to give out underneath you?

Sounds like you need a glass of water.

Oddly enough, dizziness and light-headedness can lead to anxiety. When a person feels faint, it’s a feeling like they need to eat and are suddenly weak and unable to support their own weight. They need to sit down, the light is too bright, their eyes won’t focus on one particular object or face, and the mind won’t focus AT ALL.

When a body is under stress, it reacts physically, often by going into various mini-versions of “shut down” mode. This leaves the body weak and disoriented, and in urgent need of a break and a calm-down session.

Many people assume they are light-headed because they are tired, hungry, or have too much going on at once. While these are valid culprits, more often than not the greatest relief will come in the form of a huge glass of good ol H20. When a body is severely dehydrated (over 70 % of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis) it cannot function to its fullest capacity. People treat their sluggish, dizzy conditions with caffeine and sugary foods to up their energy, which actually makes their symptoms worse.

If you are dizzy or light-headed, get a glass of water and SIT DOWN already. Your body is telling you it needs a break, so indulge it and consume a leisurely glass of water and clear your head. Often, anxiety is even caused by water deprivation, as the “fight or flight” response is is heightened when a body is in distress. Since the body spends a lot of energy when it’s in an anxious state, your already dizzy, sluggish self is further afflicted by anxious jitters and is in terrible need of relief.

Avoiding caffeine during the day helps balance the body’s need for water. Caffeine is a diuretic, so it causes the body to expel needed fluids from the body. Caffeine also masks the body’s natural cry for water, so when the energy from caffeine wears of, the worn-out body will react even more strongly than it already was, leaving you nauseous on top of the inability to focus.

Calm down. Your body has so many stressors both physically and mentally that it needs a break to regroup and create energy at various points of the day. Drinking water throughout the day helps calm the body down immensely, and if the body is physically calm, it is easier to become mentally calm on top of it.

Treat your body like a car. A car needs fuel to run, so does your body. Your body’s fuel is water. Consume water as your energy level tank gets low and you will find your energy peaking and ebbing much less.

If you pay attention to the warning signs of dehydration and shut down your body is giving you (dizziness, light-headedness, anxiety, unable to focus, jitters etc) and consume more water, you will feel more healthy, relaxed, focused and energized, naturally.