Sometimes we just need a minute to sit/lay down and breathe.
Stress as we all know is bad and how often don't you catch yourself thinking "I don't have the time!".
You can make time.
Question is will you?
There are times I really NEED to do chores, or something else important, but I've stopped and listened more to myself.
Since I started experiencing panic attacks last October 2018 - I went to the doctor's, tried antidepressants/antianxiety medications but had to stop because they gave me bad side effects.
I can now stop, in the middle of things and just go sit down and crochet, read, scroll my social medias or watch Netflix to wind down before I trigger myself into a panic attack or get chest pains.
I overworked and overwhelmed myself.
I worked, I helped friends and family on my spare time, I planned blog posts and interviews, I tried assembling my new apartment downsizing since we moved to something much smaller, I cooked, I cleaned and I overdid myself and threw myself into such stress my body couldn't handle it.
I started to shut down.
My panic attack signs
• I became more tired, didn't matter how much I slept.
• I started crying for no good reason.
• I got awful chest pains like someone squeezing my heart and lungs.
• I started hyperventilating because it felt like I couldn't get air.
• Nothing made me happy and I felt empty inside.
How I ease my panic attacks
Now, I slow down before I crumble.
Put down the laundry right on the bed - you're allowed to do it later.
Pour yourself some warm tea or coffee.
- if your chest feels tight and uncomfortable, put the mug/cup right where your heart is, in the middle of your chest and hold it there.
Or heat up a weat bag and place on your chest.
The heat helps ease the muscle cramps in the chest I've found, and can sometimes stop my panic attacks before they develop into hyperventilation.
Some people need help in form of medication. Some (like me) can't handle the medications and need other methods. Ask your doctor as well as yourself what's best for YOU.
And before you're overworking and overwhelming minyourself, ask yourself this:
If you don't care for yourself and slow down and know what's best for YOU, then who?