Introducing a series on anxiety, natural healing, and a holistic view of slowing down life. If you struggle or have struggled with anxiety, this one’s for you.
Something that isn’t talked about enough, but affects a ton of people: anxiety. I struggle with anxiety and it was honestly part of the reason I started this blog. I do believe that I’ve gotten over my anxiety and wanted to share with others the slower lifestyle and holistic view of wellness I’ve taken on to achieve an anxiety-free life, so I’m introducing a series of posts dedicated to anxiety, or lack thereof, to my blog. In this post, I open up about my personal trials with anxiety, but you should also see my post on how I got over my anxiety/panic attacks naturally…
I’ve always been a type A, go-go-go person (I’m a 1 on the Enneagram- which, if you’re unfamiliar with that, you can read my post on it here). Since I was a little girl, I would often get anxious and stressed out about certain things and it would take over my emotions. Last year, this “personality trait” became more than just stress. Going into my senior year of college, along with my general anxiety and busy life, I began having panic attacks. The first one happened in a crowd at a football game. They began happening more often and were not limited in where they did, some of the other places included: at a bar, stuck in traffic, in class, and on an airplane. For me they would generally look like this: a wave of random panic would come over me and I would feel my breath getting sparser as my heart would speed up, I would start to lose feeling in my body and my limbs and think I was going to pass out, and I would start getting really cold or hot and feeling shaky and sweaty and unable to put it into words.
Before I had ever had a panic attack, I honestly didn’t believe they were real. I thought that people could just control them or weren’t really trying to control their emotions and poise themselves. But now I know just how real it can be to lose control of your mind and your body in a panic attack.
I was very frustrated not knowing why exactly they came on or what triggered them, but I did notice that every time I had one, it was when I was in a crowded place or was feeling “trapped” in some way. I felt so embarrassed when I would have to leave a public place because I felt a panic attack coming on and would then have to try and explain to my friends or boyfriend how I was feeling. Because they were so random and uncontrollable, I began to fear having one so much that I would walk around on eggshells and sometimes just thinking about it would stress me out so badly that it would make me have another one.
I was stricken with fear from this and worried it would control me and keep me away from actually living my life forever. I went to the doctor, had blood work done, and there didn’t seem to be any underlying health issues on paper, but I knew something was wrong. I didn’t want to take on any medication and I was determined to get rid of this problem.
After a few months, I was finally able to regain a control of my life and get rid of my panic attacks and anxiety naturally. I know that might sound impossible, but I really did! I personally did this through 3 things: prayer, giving up coffee, and taking natural herbal supplements, and I talk about them in detail in my post How To Get Rid of Anxiety/Panic Attacks Naturally in 3 Ways. After a lot of prayer, I knew I had to slow down my life a lot. I did these things and just continued to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. I focused more on balance and looked at wellness more holistically. Cupping (pictured below) is something I recently tried to relieve tension/stress.
I’m grateful to say that although I still get anxious sometimes, I haven’t had a panic attack in months. Anxiety is not something that should be taken lightly and I feel for anyone struggling with it. Just know it is not forever and you are not alone.
Is this something that you can relate to? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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