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Jun 18 2013

Dont Panic

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Don’t Panic

Its tid bit Tuesday! That means it’s  time for over sharing- When I was in my early twenties I used to suffer from debilitating panic attacks. They were usually brought on by similar stress triggers- unpleasant events in my life, money worries, etc. They would also occur as a result of things in the news. Do you remember when baby Jessica fell down the well? I was so worried about her I would go into a panic attack over my fear for her safety. Or, the serious cold weather that damaged 90% of Florida’s citrus crop. I would go into a panic attack over my worries for the lively hood of the poor farmers and their families.
I took medication for a while but I hated the lingering effects. I eventually learned to focus and use my daily meditation and prayer to relieve the sense of impending doom, oh s awful flop sweat and absolute panic. I taught myself to let go of things that I had no control of, to give it to God and accept that some things are just out of my control.
For the things I did have control of I took “charge” and made the necessary changes that would benefit my life.

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It feels like a lifetime ago , the only thing I miss about my twenties is my waistline. I recently helped someone through a panic attack and it seemed like this tid bit would be something worth sharing.

I hope you are shaking your head and saying I can not relate to this. But, I anticipate there may be some of you who can. It’s always nice to know you are not alone.

I created this video a few years ago, I know it is amateurish and a bit antiquated . But I do hope it helps you to relax a bit.

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  1. Janine Huldie

    Thanks Katie for sharing this here and I have to admit I have never really had a panic attack myself, but have known family and friends, who have had them and they are quite scary and depilating. So, this was very kind of you to share your experiences and the video, too. Hope this helps others who may be in need!!

  2. Beverly

    Good for you, Katie. It is a blessing to many that you are sharing.

  3. Meredith

    Thank you for sharing — sometimes just knowing you’re not alone in suffering something like panic attacks makes a lot of difference.

  4. Heather @ new house new home new life

    There is nothing like that feeling of being out of control when you’re filled with panic and anxiety. Your meditation video is exactly the type of focus needed when you’re feeling that way. I always enjoy the last 5 minutes of yoga when we lie on the floor and meditate for a few minutes to focus for the day. Thank you so much for sharing – I’m sure many will relate to your story as I have.

  5. Glenda Childers

    Thanks for sharing from you hard learned lessons on panic. I have never had a panic attack but have been with friends who have … and it is frightening.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

  6. Rosey

    It’s a nice video. I haven’t had a panic attack, but I did go through a period after a surgical procedure (when I had my last child) that left me with migraines every single time stress came around (good or bad). It was so disconcerting, so I can relate on that level. I’m glad you found a way to deal with your panic episodes, and that you were there for someone who needed help recently. It’s usually so much easier to help when you have been through it yourself.

  7. Melissa B

    Its a very lovely video, thanks so much for sharing it.
    Im glad you were able to help someone go thru a Panic attack.

    I had a anxiety attack once ( many years ago ) ..and it was a tough experience to go thru..

  8. Linda

    I suffered from anxiety attacks in my 20′s too! The older I get – the healthier I have become – mentally and spiritually. Your video is beautiful!

  9. lori

    Hi Katherine,
    I was up at 3:00 a.m. for the last couple mornings thinking about my “to do” list before we go on a 3 week trip. So although not a panic attack, I realize that I need to get back to meditation and prayer to get myself back into sync. (I realize that I have not practiced yoga for the last several days too) Thank you so much for the reminder and i love your video. Much aloha, Lori

  10. Ms. A

    I’d like to say I have no experience with panic attacks, but I know them well. It took a while, but I finally learned how to overcome them, which was a big help when my (grown) kids began having them, too.

  11. Diana Stevan

    Katherine, I enjoyed your video. Beautiful images. Panic attacks can be very frightening. How wonderful of you to share your experience and how you’ve learned to manage them. Hugs.

  12. BeBetsy

    Katharine~ thanks for sharing this personal story-it’s really inspiring-and we never have to be alone.

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop

    Have a great week~xoxo
    Sharon and Denise!

  13. Amy mayen

    I have them too. I can get a panic attack from the smallest thing…but like you I don’t take medicine. I’ve tried to learn how to deal with it on my own. Now, at 30, I feel like I’m able to tell when I’m being irrational and talk myself down a bit. I had 2 really bad years where my floors had to sparkle all the time…that’s probably a whole other disorder! But now I know my triggers and cope better. Thanks for talking about it, makes me feel like less of a nut :)

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