The cycle of fear and anxiety needs to be understood before you can start moving past it.
In other words, it starts with awareness.
When we have no idea what’s going on or when we feel totally out of control, we start to develop the belief that we “Will always be anxious.”
This is a normal response of course because if you have no idea what’s happening, you’ll have no idea how to fix it!
When it comes to symptoms, the way it works is that your brain first perceives a threat.
A big shopping mall, for example, may sound the alarm.
You know that the shopping mall isn’t going to hurt you, but your brain uses the information it has (large crowds, loud, harsh lights, not knowing where exits are, etc) and it sends a signal to your adrenal glands that there is a threat.
Remember that your brain doesn’t know the difference between a real threat and something that isn’t real.
As soon as the signal is sent, your adrenals get to work releasing stress hormones that are actually designed to protect you (fight or flight response).
If you aren’t aware of this though and aren’t in any real danger, then all you are going to feel are the effects of this flood of adrenaline, which causes all those symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, tingling and chest pains… to name a few.
These hormones cause a rush of blood to certain body parts to help you run or fight, but when you aren’t in real danger, you’re going to feel tingling and “jelly legs.”
The symptoms will fade as your panic attack reaches a peak and subsides, but you will be left feeling exhausted and in fear of the next one.
This fear is the seed that feeds the cycle.
And so it continues…
👁 Awareness is the first step in healing.
🧠 Step two, is getting your body and mind ready to tackle what’s deep below (the root of your anxiety, which, we all have) by doing aka putting your awareness into action.