Anxiety and Panic Attacks

I have received a few or less comments (more like one) on my Surviving the First Day of School post, about how I should have more real life or advice columns. As I could not think of anything going on school wise, I thought of how I had something that kind of affects some others.

I never fully understood the true meaning of ‘anxiety’ or ‘panic attacks’ but they are truly one of the most unpleasant feelings. I have been dealing with these for I do not know how long, but it seems like a very long time. I recently started noticing it ever since my 7th Grade Science Fair and I could not breath the whole time to school and as soon as I stepped into the building, I called my mom to pick me up since I was crying hysterically along with that I could not breath and I was overwhelmed.

To me, I get this feeling of pressure against my chest which makes me feel uncomfortable and I literally can not breath. It would either last a few minutes or it could go on for a very long time. I usually experience with them by over thinking (which I try not to do and is kind of a bad thing) or worrying about something that would potentially happen or it would randomly just happen.

Yes, many people do experience panic attacks but they most likely get over them, while others, including me have been suffering from them. Just a few days ago, I had came to school not being able to breath and as soon I was picked up, I felt the very same but it seemed worse as that I also had a cold and my nose was stuffy so that made it worse. My mom (who also suffers with it also) told me that I could always go to ER if I would like, but that would just freak me out more.

Panic attacks to me are very serious and sometimes I would cry because of the feeling that it had caused me. Sadly I get them sometimes before school, which is not a good thing because I have to be there for the next 2 or so years. Also this is why I am pretty much lazy, because whenever I do something it will spark it and that is why I am afraid to go to my dance classes sometimes because it hurts a little. I stay in my house most weekends doing nothing because I cannot go outside and face my fear of getting a panic attack. I cannot even text my close friends and I will never understand how that affects me in that way. I always feel like that there is a rock against my chest with water filling it up and I am scared.

But I have found other ways to avoid getting panic attacks.

  1. Exercise, it helps sometimes and it is a great way to stay fit. It will also lessen the frequency.
  2. Go against it and do something adventurous even if you get a panic attack.
  3. Keep breathing, try as hard as you can even if it hurts.
  4. Don’t be scared, do not overthink. Put a reminder in your phone not to overthink at all.
  5. Get a self-help book or talk to someone about and maybe they will help you.

I really appreciate that you guys are reading this. I really want to help you all with anything that has been bothering you and panic attacks have been bothering me lately so I may not include a lot as I could, I hope you check our my favorite fashion blogger/YouTuber Zoella (click on her name) who also has both a video and a post with anxiety and panic attacks advice which I know will be helpful.

If you need advice for anything, just tweet me, instagram me, or leave a comment and I will try my best to help.

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