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Let’s talk about panic attacks. They suck.
I hated having panic attacks so much that I locked myself into my apartment and didn’t want to leave because they’re the worst experience ever. You feel like you are going to die and that you are going crazy.
The sequence of my panic attacks was always the same. I would think something horribly wrong was about to happen. I would start thinking about it over and over and obsessing over what could happen if that thing actually occurred and then my heart rate would start to go up. I would start sweating and the left side of my body would start to go numb and then I would freak out and think I was dying and my mind started playing this loop that said I was going crazy.
I wanted a technique that would prevent me from having a panic attack and I talked to therapists who gave me effectively useless exercises. Like just tap your fingers , like this over and over and over; just count to seven each time you tap it.
It was a weird distraction that made me feel even crazier… so I came up with an even CRAZIER method to control my panic attacks, which actually worked.
You’re going to think it’s ridiculous but I swear on my life, I actually did this and it truly did dissolve my panic attacks and stop them from happening and the way that I did this was talking in the voice of a ridiculous character. Instead of fighting my worries, instead of resisting the thoughts in my head I brought them out in the open.
If you want to try it right now, practice saying your worries out loud in a ridiculous voice for the next sixty seconds. Just do it nonstop in the same voice.
Don’t think to yourself: “Why isn’t this working? Why am I not relaxed?”
Just focus on the sound of your voice and how ridiculous you sound. Start throwing in hand gestures if it feels natural and just notice how you feel while you’re trying this little experiment.
It’s goofy, it’s crazy, but it just might work for you.
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Part 2: Play
Part 3: Sleep and Naps
Part 4: Meditation
Part 5: Panic Attacks
Part 6: Diet
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