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Panic and Anxiety

I have been incredibly [tag]stress[/tag]ed lately, as you have probably figured it out. I haven’t come close to a [tag]panic attack[/tag] yet, but I am taking steps to reduce my stress levels so that this does not occur. I’ve had about 3 or 4 in my entire life, and while all of them were justified, and the effects disappeared in due course, I still remember the physical sensations it produced. I’ve read about the symptoms of heart attacks in women, and that’s exactly what it feels like. An elephant on your chest, not able to breathe and also unable to think clearly. I could not imagine the horror of living with frequent attacks like this as some do. The symptoms of an anxiety attack render you incapable of concentrating on anything but the attack. You can’t even address the cause, because your body is dealing with the attack.

We all know that anxiety can lead to other [tag]health problems [/tag](like grinding you teeth in your sleep-btdt), and while there are anxiety drugs to help, it’s also wise to know the causes of anxiety. When you know what your triggers are, you can take measures to lessen their impact.

Here’s what leads to anxiety issues for me:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by all that I need to do. I counter-act this one by making a list, and focusing on one thing at a time.
  • Lack of sleep. For this one, I’ve taken to [tag]sleeping[/tag] wherever and whenever I can, as long as there is another adult to watch the children.
  • Problems with my kiddos, whether physical, emotional, or social. For what it’s worth, this is the only one that’s actually led to a full-on panic attack. I’ve not found a solution for it, and I guess I never really will. I’m still the mom, after all.

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