August 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm #309161
This summer has been a rough one for me. I’ve always had anxiety but this summer I began having panic attacks I would have multiple attacks daily which was caused by me being afraid of having a panic attack which gave me a panic attack. After a couple weeks of praying,changing my way of thinking, yoga, and meditation it started getting much better. However, I recently got a new job which I’m excited for but that little voice made me think of ——what if i have a panic attack at work. So now I’m feeling anxious about that. I believe it’s called anticipation anxiety(I’m rolling my eyes right now).
So my question is if anyone has ever gone through this or has any advice or just any uplifting situations they have been in where they got through it?August 25, 2019 at 1:23 am #309199
Hello Peaceful Warrior,
Congratulations for taking positive steps in dealing with your anxiety levels through yoga and meditation and changing your thoughts. As long as you continue with your yoga and meditation practices, it is unlikely that panic will set in so easily.
Every time you have a tea break or lunch break, give yourself space for a mini meditation, focus on your breathing and watch as it rises and falls. Five minutes of this mindfulness breathing should be enough to allay any fears of panic. Anticipate peace and calm.
Good Luck in your new job.
PeggyAugust 25, 2019 at 5:49 am #309205
Hi Peaceful Warrior-
I experience this from time to time as well. Panic attacks can be scary, and so it makes sense that you would worry about having one. I find for myself, it’s as simple as letting go of control. I know that sounds easier said than done. Worrying about having a panic attack is thinking in the future. Try your best to be here, now. And when you find yourself thinking in the future, worrying about panicking, identify that and simply bring yourself back.
When and if you do have one, I find this helps- sit and hear every single sound you possibly can. Starting with the loud ones, like the door closing. The dog barking. The train passing by. Then listening so intensely that you can hear the wind in the trees. Your breath. The birds in the distance. This can help you to bring yourself back. If at work, be honest. Let someone trustworthy know that you need to walk away for a minute to gather yourself.
Give yourself grace and compassion, whatever that means to you. And know that you’re not alone. 🙂
Good luck at your job, you will do great!
EmiliaAugust 25, 2019 at 8:56 am #309215
Dear Peaceful warrior:
“I’ve always had anxiety”- and you survived it, you are alive, here to tell about it.
“this simmer I began having panic attacks.. multiple attacks daily”- and you survived all of them, here alive, to type this post.
“I recently got a new job.. what if I have a panic attack at work”-
First identify the real danger if you do have a panic attack at work. For example, if you operate heavy machinery at work, you may get hurt or hurt someone else if an attack happens while operating heavy machinery. Or if your work involves directing planes to land safely, a panic attack may mean that a plane will crash.
If there is no such real danger, then what you fear is your subjective emotional experience, meaning you fear the fear itself. Fear feels very badly, unpleasant, distressing.. but it is not dangerous. We survive it.
Remind this to yourself: I survived it before, I will survive it again.. millions of people all over the world suffer extreme fear and survive it. It feels dangerous but it is not dangerous.
Also, make a plan. If you do suffer a panic attack at work, what will you actually do? Is there a place for you to go within the workplace for some privacy? Plan on such refuge-spot. Hopefully it will be a small room where you can lie down with your back on the floor, placing your legs up on the wall as you take slow, deep breaths. You can even practice this before (and if) getting a panic attack at work.
anitaAugust 25, 2019 at 10:37 am #309237
Hi Peaceful warrior,
Do you know what would trigger a panic attack?
One strategy I’ve used is to confide in someone that sometimes I’ve gotten panic attacks. Then I feel silly for potentially having one, and I feel even more silly when that person is all, “You’re not going to have a panic attack now, are you??”
Well, it’s counter-intuitive, but it works for me.
I mean I’d rather have someone “protecting” me from crowds (with triggering people in them) who’s in the know and not get panic attacks than suffer in silence and then get an actual panic attack and escape the crowded room (with the triggers).
Worst case scenario is you get one and are then looked out for.
InkyAugust 31, 2019 at 10:20 am #309857
Thank you everyone. I really enjoyed reading everyone’s words of wisdom you guys are so kind and understanding.September 1, 2019 at 6:41 am #309879
You are welcome, Peaceful warrior. Post again anytime.