A panic attack is intense and sudden fear/anxiety that induces physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. There is a sense of losing control, having a heart attack or even dying—so these attacks can be very frightening. The cause of panic attacks include psychological vulnerabilities, stress and unresolved childhood issues and sometimes all three. The many symptoms associated with a panic attack are a racing heart, heart palpitations, feeling weak or lack of energy, feeling faint or dizzy, tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers, a sense of terror or impending doom or death, feeling sweaty, having chills, chest pains, breathing difficulties and a feeling of loss of control.
Panic attacks affect people in devastating ways. One million Americans experience panic attacks every month. Sixty percent of those million Americans are 35-64 year old and 37% are 18-34 years old. Eighty-three percent experience a decline in work quality, 63% lose their jobs or income, and 43% are unable to work for at least one month.
There are energy medicine techniques to reduce the effects of these attacks in the moment including slow, deep breathing, reducing reactive energies and balancing the Fire Rhythm energy.
Slow, Deep Breathing
The first is to consciously slow down your breathing. Taking slow, deep breaths calms the nervous system which helps shift the autonomic nervous from the sympathetic or stress response to the parasympathetic or peace response.
Reduce Reactive Energies
There are two energies that can be reactive during panic attacks. These reactive energies involve the energetic systems of Triple Warmer and Circulation/Sex. There are two poses that involve connecting with neurovascular points to reduce the reactive response. Neurovascular points connect the nervous system and the vascular system to reduce reactive responses.
- To reduce Triple Warmer reactivity, put your index fingers on your thumbs, put your thumbs in your temples (Triple Warmer neurovascular stress point) and put your other fingers on the main neurovascular points on the forehead- above each eye.
- To reduce Circulation/Sex reactivity, put your middle fingers on your thumbs, put your thumbs in your temples and put your other fingers on the main neurovascular points on the forehead- above each eye. Hold each of these poses for at least 5 min.
Balancing the Fire Rhythm
To balance the energy of the Fire Rhythm, hold one hand at the back of your head behind the eyebrows while holding the other hand over the main neurovascular points. Hold for at least 5 min.
Discovering the core issues that trigger panic attacks is key to eliminate the devastating effects from them. Knowing the reason for the intense fear, anxiety and the feeling of losing control provides hints on the core issue. If there was childhood trauma, resolving the trauma is necessary to clear the triggers of panic attacks. Self -limiting beliefs are usually at the core of the panic attacks. Therefore, self-limiting beliefs must also be addressed and released. Using specific energetic techniques, self-limiting beliefs can be removed permanently.
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