7 magickal secrets to easing anxiety and panic

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I have problems with anxiety.  I am a person who loves to live in the mental worlds. I love the realms of air and water because of the ideas and dreams that sprout there. When I am open to the world and able to keep a positive momentum going I can pull from my airy and watery subconscious and bring things forth into this world. But it is just as easy for nightmares and worries to breed themselves on your negative subconscious thoughts. From a flurry of life challenges, my last few years have been ones spent dealing with anxiety and panic. With life changes rolling in one after another, there was little time for recovery from the first change, must less the hundred other small and large changes that happened after. My mind was a whirlwind of landmines that would spring when I could least afford them to blow. I couldn’t breath and I didn’t know why I was so broken and possibly ill.

 

With my mind in a whirlwind, sleep elusive, and everyday issues never far from my mind, my mind was the last place I wanted to be. It wasn’t like I could conjure up a safe place in my mind for meditating, much less so I could help my kid do homework. I couldn’t control my breathing when I began spiraling out of control, so deep breathing was as useful as holding my breath underwater. My whole nervous system felt as it were almost constantly over-reacting. Having gifts wasn’t exactly helping either, it was just more information and sensation that I didn’t have the stamina to handle. When the mind is not safe refuge, where else can someone go? What can you do when your body is reacting to some stress or anxiety you cannot shake?

 

For me, anxiety of this nature, is truly all in the mind. But I still need a physical outlet for all that mental energy to spin out from. The key was finding it within myself to start spinning the chaos of the moment into someone kind of order. When I’m in grip of panic and anxiety storm, I seek out any small detail I can control. Through focusing on a minute aspect of life, I can give my body the attention it thinks it needs, either by helping the body directly or by easing the brain out of panic mode through physical sensation and repetition.  Anxiety can take it’s toll on the body, leaving you exhausted and frazzled even after the main attack is over, so baby yourself.  After all your body might think it’s just been through World War III!

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Here are 7 basic self-care ideas to try out when you feel anxiety creeping in:

 

*Make a cup of decaf or tea, feel its warmth and taste its flavor. Make sure to get the flavor you want!  Chammoile or a fruity tea is good up-lifiting spirits and calming the inner turmoil.

 

*Get a hard ball and roll yourself up and down a wall, as you can. Rub the ball into all the knots in your muscles, especially the back and neck where most people carry a lot of tension.  Take a quick look at where your pressure and acupressure points are, to be sure to get the most for your effort.

 

*Grab a heating pad and blanket to curl up with. It will not only loosen the muscles, but is an act that is comforting during a stressful time.  Maybe dim the lights, put on music or a good movie.  Changing your sensory input can change your senory output.

 

* Take a shower or bath. Let the heat and steam melt away your immediate stress and have a “calgon” moment.  Add some lavender oil for aromatherapy benefits!

 

*Get moving! Even if at first you can only pace the room, take that time as a comfort creating space in your life. Even pacing a room can be a form of meditation!

 

*Clean! Take one small spot and focus your attention on it. We are not going for an overwhelming project, so just pick one drawer or shelf, or one basket of things to fold. Do one at a time until the world feel a little more in control.  Let your outside actions reflect your internal actions!

 

*Do puzzle games, like suduko or bejeweled. But careful not to stress yourself out with words or winning, just play the game and go over the strategy in your mind.  Not inclined to play games, then find a copy of your favorite picture or art piece, look at all the details and try to recreate those details in your mind little bit by little bit.

**Remember that anxiety can be treated by medicine and that you should talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. The best approaches to treatment is a combination of allopathic care and supplemental and self care.

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