People most often resort to medications as their first option in learning how to stop anxiety attacks. But, is this really the best method? The reality is that medications should never be viewed as the permanent cure.
Yes, medications do have the ability to extricate you from a constant state of tension by temporarily calming your mind and body. This tension keeps your mind and body at a continual heightened state of alertness that something bad is just about to happen.
It's a state of always feeling you're going to have to react at any given moment. The body just doesn't know when the alarm bell is going to ring. But your thoughts are always triggering the alarm because you are in a constant state of expectancy, waiting, and anticipation. You may not even know what you are actually expecting to occur. You just feel a sense of unease.
You may even experience a sense of dread. Medication keeps the body calm and also suppresses a proper flow of adrenalin into your system. So, you feel better prepared to deal with your anxiety disorder and its associated fearful thoughts.
You can stop anxiety temporarily in this state.
But you don't need medication to put an end to anxiety. Some people will take medications until their doctor advises them that there is nothing else he can do for them. (I was one of those people.) Believe me, that is the last thing someone wants to hear who doesn't feel they have been cured of their condition. So, your first thought may be "how can I deal with anxiety without drugs?" But if you think about, you probably never felt completely okay while taking the medications.
Underneath the layers of medications, a simmering feeling of discomfort may have always been there just waiting for its moment to pounce. But learning to deal with anxiety without medication is actually a good thing.
It forces you to change your attitude, and once you do that you can stop anxiety quickly and permanently. I've done it, and so can you!
The key is changing your attitude from one of fear to that of being in control. It's difficult, but I'll try to explain what worked for me. One morning I woke up and realized that I could stop anxiety by changing the way I think about it.
I actually got angry at the panic attacks for the mess they had made of my life. This may sound odd, but it provided me with a sense of power to finally defeat anxiety for good. I looked upon anxiety as the enemy and opponent that it was. It had invaded my life and essentially taken it over. I would not stand for that one more day. Anxiety wasn't welcome and it was not going to play a role in my life anymore.
When I finally stood up to this opponent, it backed down much easier than I ever could have expected.
Look back on previous successes in your life. Connect with that mindset and energy that was used to accomplish those achievements. As you reflect, you'll probably realize that the determination you had simply didn't allow for defeat, despite whatever obstacles blocked your path. You have to fully believe that you have the power to stop anxiety without medications or therapy. Never lose sight of the fact that one day soon anxiety will never be a part of your life again.
Such a positive outlook will soon get rid of your panic attacks forever. After you have mastered this control technique, you will instinctively know how to apply its principles to any other obstacle that that may come your way. The next time you start feeling overwhelmed, you can apply these methods without thought.
Instead of being ridden with anxiety, you will have a renewed sense of calm - a sense of calm that will enable you to tackle all of your future problems logically and to a successful fruition.