Anxiety and Panic Attacks are frequently described as just "being stressed out" or being "nervous all the time" by individuals. The symptoms they experienced may have been the result of a pending big presentation, job interview, test - medical or academic, flying for the first time, major decision making, or just everyday life. Stress and Anxiety have the potential to cause havoc in our life, but is dependent on how we respond to our environment and what skills we developed over the years.
When we experience distress or the "negative stress" in our lives, it is frequently accompanied by sleep disturbances, worry, being unable to control the worry, irritability, and restlessness to name a few. Physiological changes may include headaches, muscle tension, sweating, increase/decrease in appetite, as well as difficulty remembering, and difficulty concentrating. As our level of distress increases, our ability to fight off illness decreases and the probability of experiencing anxiety or panic attacks increases.
People often wonder if all stress is bad. Eustress is the "positive stress". Eustress is exciting, that first date, starting college, the first job after college in your major, marriage, birth of your first child - you get the picture. Eustress motivates, improves our performance, and is perceived within our coping abilities. How would it feel to be overwhelmed with eustress for one year? Just a thought.
Coping with negative and positive stress in everyday life in order to prevent the onset of anxiety and panic attacks will depend on the skills we developed over the years. There is no magic pill and never will be. Please don't get me wrong, certain medications are helpful, but they will never take all the pain or distress away. Have you ever heard the saying, "that which does not break you will make you stronger"? I feel like I should look like and have the strength of Superman, Spiderman, and the Hulk all in one, but not green.
I've had the benefit to experience enormous amounts of distress, as well as eustress during my lifetime. I say benefit of distress because it took me out of my comfort zone and I developed into the person I am today. I've made it through several distressful situations by utilizing skills first, then getting on my knees in prayer. Now, even though it has taken me years of distress to come to the realization that prayer is and always will be my first line of defense. My faith is stronger this year than last year, than the year before, than when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of seventeen. Yes, I am a Christian.
Before the fall 2017, I will be offering Coaching-on-Demand for Stress and Anxiety Skills Training on www.QuietAnxiety.com. It was suppose to be up last fall, but because of the amount of distress I experienced in 2016, I took care of myself first and delayed the filming. Watch for a free sample of the program which will enable you to begin utilizing the skill immediately. Some may wonder if the program it is all Christian or faith based information - I assure you the information comes from a servants heart for all individuals.