Updated: Feb 19, 2020
U = Understanding
Understanding your Anxiety = Being Understanding Toward Yourself
“Understanding your emotions is half the battle.”
When you are in the throes of an anxiety or panic attack it can be impossible to be level-headed in the moment. It’s almost impossible to understand why this is happening.
Your heart is racing. Your palms are sweating. You feel dizzy, flushed and nauseous. You want to run to where you feel safe. It is so easy to just crawl into bed and feel sorry for yourself. It’s so easy to feel defeated after a panic attack. Once these feeling pass, don’t beat yourself up. Let yourself feel the feeling but don’t become the emotion. Understand that you made it through it. Witness it. Allow it. Release it.
Turn your attention to something you enjoy. Read a book. Bake a cake. Watch your favorite show. Call or text a friend. I personally find that watercolor painting is my therapy and it gets me into a relaxed, calm state. I encourage you to give it a try. Just putting the paint and water on the paper is relaxing. Watch how the colors mingle. Watch how the paints flow on the paper. Sometimes I put some lavender in my diffuser. Sometimes I play my favorite music. You do not have to paint a masterpiece. This activity is strictly to get you to a place of calm. To clear your head. To get relaxed.
Once you are in a state of calm and relaxation, this is the best time to go back and revisit what happened in your most recent panic attack. Can you identify and understand the trigger? What will you do differently next time? You have the power to fight the feelings of panic. You have the power to take control over the situation. Understand your emotions. Make a plan.