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Flooding In - The Axiety Attack

Clammy hands, rapid breathing, quickened heartbeat, a dreaded sense of panic—we’ve all probably experienced this cocktail of emotions before. This could have happened before a job interview, before getting married or prior to a big game or performance. Anxiety can strike someone in a high stress and high pressure situation, and this is a normal reaction. There are some people who get anxiety attacks for the simplest of reasons, and the situations are so irrational that these are more serious anxiety-related disorders. But for most, anxiety is not so threatening and there are simple ways to overcome anxiety so that it doesn’t take over you completely.
Be prepared. Before going into that big event, make sure that you are prepared. Do you have a big exam coming up? Then review extensively. Do you have a job interview? Make sure that you have read up about the company and that you have brushed up on your conversation skills. Coming into a situation equipped lessens the chance of you making a fumble and this should help reduce your anxiety. If you are well prepared, you can rely on your skills so throw unnecessary fears out of the window.

Practice breathing techniques. Before going into a situation that can possibly make you anxious, try some deep breathing exercises to oxygenate your blood and keep your heart rate normal. Try breathing in as much air that you can hold in your lungs then expel the air completely from your lungs, forcing the air out slowly. Repeat numerous times until you can feel your heart relaxing.

Avoid caffeinated products. Avoid caffeinated products especially tea, coffee and cola (even chocolate) products. The caffeine in these items is a stimulant, which causes the heart rate to quicken and can make a person more on edge and nervous. You should also avoid smoking which has the same effect.

Sleep well. Try to get regular and an adequate amount of sleep. If you are well rested the night before an important event, then you are more focused and more relaxed on the day itself. People who do not get enough sleep end up being distracted, confused, irritable and on edge during the day.

Try meditation techniques. There are different meditation techniques that are useful for calming the anxious mind. Meditation can take on the form of visualization exercises or physical exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Have you ever seen a high stung monk? Didn’t think so.

Distract yourself. If you keep on thinking about what could go wrong in a situation and this is causing you anxiety, then try to think of other things. You could replay a movie in your head, recite your favorite poem, recount a memory or sing a song. By taking your focus away from what you’re dreading, then you can keep anxiety at bay.

Exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to soothe nerves. Exercise has a calming effect on the body, bringing down blood pressure and regulating stress hormones. It also encourages the release of endorphins in the brain which keeps us happy. Try to make exercise part of your daily routine in order to avoid and control anxiety.