How Anxiety Attacks and What to Do

Written by: Jeff Ordonez

Anxiety is something that everyone experiences from time-to-time but for some, it affects how we think and feel to the point it makes us question our health and sanity. Unless someone experiences anxiety first hand it's difficult to understand, most people don't share how these problematic moments affect them, so it becomes a battle fought within.

Anxiety can cause you to feel threatened and even question your ability to stay alive. I advise you to consult a doctor to make sure nothing is wrong, if anything it can help at lessening worry about your physical health. If on the other hand, the examination reveals a sickness or disease you can go ahead with treatment. Chances are you just suffering from anxiety, something that's very treatable and anxiety is nothing more than excessive hormonal response. No one knows the exact trigger, but everyone agrees that it's a physical reaction to the world within the mind. Fix what's inside the mind and relief usually follows as health in the body.

Physical changes in the body due to changes in the mind has been demonstrated countless times with hypnotism. How many times have we witnessed people perform acts that defy all emotion of fear during a state of hypnosis? The reverse is also true. Suggest the idea to a person in a hypnotic state that his finger is near a lit match and the body automatically produces blisters.

The deep mind, or the subconscious, the area where thought is powerfully felt rather than intellectualized, is the force that activates strong physical reactions in the body. These strong reactions cause stress hormones to rise and are perceived by the brain as warning signals which can cause fearful thinking and eventually stress, anxiety, and even panic.

Excessive release of hormones can be triggered by almost any situation like being around people, being in public places, driving, or flying in an airplane. It can also be something imaginary like a fearful thought, an imagination, or a memory. No matter how you look at it, the cycle of anxiety causes the rise, and fall, of stress hormones in your body.

The chemical reaction can cause symptoms like tightening of the chest, increased heart rate, shallow breathing, and over production of sweat. Your mins can also be affected. You might imagine that you're sick, or that you're having a heart attack. Then you may go into a downward spiral of negative thinking making things worst.

The nice thing about anxiety is that episodes are usually gone within a few minutes. Just as fast they appear, they vanish. You may not need to work on your subconscious. You just may need to learn how to work with anxiety when it appears. Anxiety is a mind-body habit that it can be broken.

What you feel in your body when you experience anxiety is a flood of hormones due to nervous energy. This nervous energy floods your body with hormones which produce a sensation that something is wrong. The reaction most people have in this state is fear, and when you fear something your body produces more stress hormones, then you go into the anxiety cycle.

Anxiety is a cycle between the production of stress hormones and the fear that produces them. If the cycle isn't stopped hormone levels and fear can become so elevated that anxiety can turn into panic.

The first step in stopping anxiety is to understand that the fear you feel at the release of stress hormones in your body is different from the fear by anxiety itself. Once you understand that you have a choice about how you react to anxiety, you will allow for the natural rise and fall of nervous energy and hormones to flow through your body more quickly. Then you can move on to dealing with the residual effects left behind by the hormones.

Here's what you do.

The next time you start to feel anxious don't fight it. Fighting the sensations makes your brain think something really is wrong. Fighting doesn't work. Don't wrestle with it and don't resist it. Any action you take to try to beat it sends a signal to your brain that there is a danger. This makes the anxiety process worst.

You need to send a signal to your brain that everything is okay so stress and hormone releases are gradually reduced to normal levels. You send a positive signal to your brain when you accept an anxious episode. As feel the anxious reactions in your body start accepting them. Mentally say things like, "Welcome, come in." or "I accept you." or "You are welcomed to stay". Statements similar to these send a signal to your brain that everything is okay and there is nothing to fear. The brain will then begin to shut down the stress response system so you can get back to living life.

Within seconds, or minutes, you may feel a change in your brain, if you don't worry about it, the process occurs silently. After you begin accepting the nervous energy and the flood of hormones, move on with your life. Do something that engages your brain. Since you sent a signal to your brain that there's no danger you need to solidify the truth that there is no danger by engaging your mind with something else.

Pick up the phone, call a friend and have an engaging conversation. Get creatively involved with your work, remember there is no threat of danger, therefore you move on with life. Watch funny videos. Setup a video playlist of comedy videos as your go-to engagement tool. Listen to your favorite uplifting music. get creative with how you engage your brain.

The important things to remember is that anxiety is a physical reaction to a trigger. Your fear of the episodes amplifies the physical reaction. If you fight or resist anxiety you make it worst because it makes your brain react as if there really is danger. This reaction releases more stress hormones and makes things worst.

The only thing you can do is accept it and let the process flow through. That minimizes hormonal release. After a few seconds, or minutes, of accepting the anxiety process you need to move on with life and engage. Since there is no real danger you need to engage parts of the brain that keep you moving forward.

The last thing you can do is to meditate, and not any kind of meditation, but one that helps you through the process described. 

So during your free time, especially in the morning, you can take a few minutes to breathe and relax. Once in a relaxed state you can visualize any and all future episodes with successful outcomes. You can visualize lesser frequency and intensity of the spells. Make sure you include faith in your meditations. "Nothing is impossible for him who believes." ~ Mark 9:23. "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." ~ Matthew 21:22

Trust me the end of your anxiety is near. Prayerfully meditate, see it, believe it, practice it, and results will follow. 

Jeffrey Ordonez

Jeff Ordonez author is the founder, meditation program architect, and writer for Christ Audio. Jeff has expertly guided people for over a decade and has thousands of satisfied customers. Christ Audio is best known for scientifically-backed guided Christian meditations. Jeff is nationally recognized by World News,, the Huffington Post and is a published Amazon author.

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