Words can cause our smile or cry. Can hurt as well as heal. Words can lift your spirits but also lead to despair. Wrong words can unleash war, but right words can make peace on earth. For thousands of years the greatest leaders were able to use the power of words to influence our thoughts, emotions and actions. Words can influence not only feelings and emotions, but also actions we take in life. And through the actions we create our lives.

Effective choice of words and thoughts can help in the creation of our actions!

Anyone who suffers from panic attacks or have ever experienced feelings of anxiety, you probably know what is involved in negative thinking. Negative thinking is driving the vicious cycle of anxiety.

Scheme operates as follows:

External factor (crowd,  open spaces, bus, traffic jam etc.) > Adrenalin > Symptoms (dizziness, nausea, pounding heart) > You get scared of symptoms > More adrenalin > You freak out more > More adrenalin > Panic attack

 The symptom(s) themselves make you anxious. That’s where the internal anxiety starts.

Guess what the body is doing, when you think: “Oh no, my heart begins to beat, it’s probably a heart attack.” It starts to pump adrenaline into the bloodstream. Why? Because you tell him to do so, and your body is obedient. You are sending an anxiety signal so your body prepares you to escape. And because there is no emergency situation (because there is no real external factor) the body in some way has to release excess of adrenaline, which manifests itself in fear.

Here’s what you should do when you start to wind up:

You are in a situation that causes discomfort. Negative thoughts starts coming.
Symptoms begin to appear.
You start to feel symptoms.
Accept the symptoms and treat them as an opportunity to see what’s the worst that could happen.

“I’m in a restaurant full of people and I sit far away from the entrance. It makes me feel uncomfortable and that is why I feel dizzy and I feel like run away. Now I understand that my body does what I tell him to do, so that is why it behaves this way. If I accept what is happening to my body and I will not panic, symptoms will disappear after a while. I can even deliberately cause a panic attack to accelerate this process and show panic attacks that I’m not afraid at all”.

You know what happens when you intentionally want to bring a panic attack? This is not possible because the panic attacks occur only when you are afraid of them. And yet it is not possible that someone who evokes intentionally panic attacks is afraid of them. Do you think that storm chasers are afraid of storms? It is obvious they are not!

You can stop the wheel of anxiety starting with words and replace negative thinking to positive. Here are a few examples how to do it:

“I feel dizzy because my thoughts drives the fear. My body does what I tell him to do. I should be grateful for that, because in the situation of a real danger, that could save my life”.

“Whatever happens, it’s OK. I understand why I feel the fear.  I know that if I will accept this situation the symptoms will disappear”.

“My body is tense because it is under the influence of a huge dose of adrenaline. Boxers are intentionally getting wind up before the fight to get adrenaline rush and win the fight. Probably they would pay millions of dollars to be able to feel like I do”.

“I feel dizzy, my eyesight and hearing is sharp while I am driving a car / I travel by train or bus. I know that this is so because my body is under a huge dose of adrenaline. I should feel  lucky, because thanks to increased vigilance, at least I will not cause an accident, nobody can rob me or invade me so I can feel absolutely safe”.

“Being at work / at the meeting / in the I feel dizzy and I have week knees. I know that this is so because my body is under a huge dose of adrenaline. I accept it. If I pass out at least I get sick leave from doctor and finally find the time to read my favorite book”.

“I can not leave the house because I am scared of open spaces. I know that this is so because my body is under a huge dose of adrenaline. If I stay at home I will feel even worse. That is why I will go for a walk, and even if I pass out (which is not possible) for sure someone will help me. Person who helped me might be a super handsome guy / woman like in American movies and he/she will fall in love with me at first sight ?”.

A good way to reprogram the way of thinking is to write down your thoughts on paper, as is done above. Notes should be read as often as possible. After some time, positive thoughts automatically will replace those negative.

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Saturday September 26th, 2015 07:03 AM

Masz naprawdę bardzo mądre spostrzeżenia. To wszystko co piszesz odnajduje na codzień u siebie…
U mnie najgorsze są poranki kiedy budzę się z zaciśniętym żołądkiem i czarnymi myślami. .i jak dobrze się nastroic na cały dzień? ?

Saturday September 26th, 2015 08:39 AM

Maggie, to jest bardzo popularny problem wśród panikowiczów. Ja również się z nim zmagałam. Najlepiej mieć gotowy plan na cały tydzień. Jak wstajesz rano powinnaś już wiedzieć, że na godzinę 7:00 robisz to i to, na 8:00 to i to i tak cały dzień. Wstaniesz z niechęcią, ale mając plan, automatycznie zaprogramujesz się na działanie. Im więcej zajęć tym mniej czasu na zmartwienia. Odkryj świat i zobacz jaki jest piękny. Ja zanim zachorowałam nigdy nie miałam na to czasu. Dziś w Toruniu jest Weekend za pół ceny http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/kujawsko-pomorskie/jesien-2015-w-weekend-akcja-torun-za-pol-ceny/w335ve Może zjadziesz coś dla siebie? No i zawsze możesz napisać przecież do mnie to zaradzimy coś więcej 🙂

Saturday September 26th, 2015 06:47 PM

Dziękuję za słowa otuchy;)
Właśnie mam zamiar skorzystać z tej akcji w Toruniu i mam nadzieje ze nie poddam się swoim lękom..
Pozdrawiam ciepło

Saturday September 26th, 2015 10:14 PM

A proszę bardzo. Pamiętaj, że będą próbować Cię dopaść. Ty przywitaj je z uśmiechem i pokaż kto tu rządzi. Maggie rządzi.

Sunday November 15th, 2015 06:22 AM

jestes cudowna!
trafilam tutaj przypadkiem szukajac informacji w internecie i probujac utwierdzic sie w przekonaniu ze dzwonienie znowu na pogotowie z powodu dusznosci (i kolatania serca i bolow i zawrotow glowy i drgawek i ogromnego strachu) jest calkiem podstawne.
znowu pewnie zeby uslyszec w sluchawce “to nieprzyjemne ale to nie grozne, idz spac i przestan zajmowac nasza linie”.

bylam u wszystkich specjalistow, badania wszystkiego w normie – szkoda ze badania krwi nie sprawdzaja poziomu adrenaliny i kortyzolu!

wszystkie te glupie mysli, napedzanie spirali strachu i zmartwien – zapisane tutaj niemal slowo w slowo. ten blog dodal mi otuchy i pomogl mi sie uspokoic. czytam go od 3 w nocy..
dalas mi nadzieje na to ze bedzie lepiej.

dziekuje <3

Sunday November 15th, 2015 08:34 AM

Pewnie, że będzie lepiej!

Monday February 20th, 2017 06:45 PM

Z tego co wiem jest badanie na poziom kortyzolu 🙂

Monday November 23rd, 2015 08:31 PM

A mnie nagle po długim czasie spokoju złapało

Monday November 23rd, 2015 08:47 PM

Świetnie, teraz TY atakuuujjjj! To jest najlepsza okazja.

Thursday November 3rd, 2016 11:39 AM

Sabinka pozycz troszke Twojego myslenia 😉

Thursday November 3rd, 2016 12:59 PM

A proszę bardzo, posyłam zdalnie 🙂

Friday November 4th, 2016 10:41 AM

wpadlam tu przypadkowo i szczerze powiem czuje sie lepiej jak czytam Twoje rady. szkoda ze nie jest to takie proste…
ja mam nerwice lekowa a ostatnio popadam w hipohondrie jakby bylo malo. biore leki, chodze na terapie i raz jest lepiej a raz gorzej.nie bardzo potrafie uwierzyc ze mozna z tego wyjsc

Friday November 4th, 2016 10:44 AM

Mam Ci posłać zdjęcia medali z maratonów ? 🙂 Można i nie ma cienia wątpliwości. Nie jest to proste, ale wykonalne. Trzymaj się dzielnie!