Take Time for Fun!
Nothing is more restorative than things that give you pleasure and satisfaction. Think of them as stress buffers- they help balance the scale. For me, I love racing my nephew down the street or kicking back with my favorite Martin DVD for laughs. One thing I’ve learned in life is to not take myself too seriously…it keeps the grey hairs away (smile)!
A veteran police dispatcher, Dee suffered her first panic attack while driving home from a successful evening shift at work. “At first I thought I was having a heart attack or a stroke,” she says. The attack subsided about five minutes after she started breathing deeply through her nose and exhaling through her mouth. Another important strategy involves identifying your thoughts the moment you begin to have a panic attack. Once you understand what thoughts trigger your panic attacks the better and more successful you are at controlling and overcoming them.
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