Having a panic moment? Feel a panic attack creeping up?
Let’s dropkick this beast before it gets ugly.
Here are three moves you can do RIGHT NOW to help you body slam panic.
- Stop. Literally. In a loud, commanding voice, tell yourself, “Stop. Now. Just stop.” The sudden power of your voice will quiet you.
- Countdown from 100. As you countdown, close your eyes and envision your body, spirit, and mind getting lighter, softer, weightless.
- Ask yourself aloud: “What is the one thing I can do RIGHT NOW?” It’s one thing to think; it’s another thing to supply sound to the thoughts. Asking the question aloud allows you to hear the words and consider your response.
I stand 3000% behind the late and great Arthur Ashe, who is quoted as saying, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
We often look so far ahead. We often apply the negative situations of the past to the present and future as a prediction of what is likely to occur.
We need to yell STOP to those things. We need to center ourselves into a place of calm and quiet (and rational thoughts). We need to focus on what we can do in the place we are in now so that with that one action, we can move forward and onto the next positive action until we are strutting out of panic and into success.