When Jane found Panic Away she found great comfort in the realization that she was not alone. Jane had suffered from panic attacks since the age of 12 and knowing that others were going through the same thing helped her tremendously. Jane used to have a fear of flying and would not get on a flight.
Now, she is married to a pilot and flies at least 12 times a year on both long and short flights.
Find out what her 5 tips for reducing anxiety are below:
“Once I discovered I wasn’t alone it helped tremendously and the Panic Away course was the only course I ever purchased. When I was at my panic peak I’d spend a lot of time on the forum and when I am ok, I don’t use it. It’s good to know it’s there should I need it.
Now I know it will pass and I’m not alone. I’ve also learned it helps:
1. To get good sleep,
2. To have achieved a level of fitness as hyperventilation starts when I’m unfit.
3. To maintain a good weight.
4. To eat regularly and to not skip meals. I keep biscuits or energy bars in my bag if I know I might miss a meal.
5. Writing down my blessings when I feel an uneasiness start. I’m more anxious when I’m unwell which, thank goodness, is rare.
Point 5 is of utmost importance because when you write down your gratitude, you fill your consciousness with positive thoughts and vibes. This immediately lifts your spirits and I feel the calmness seep into me. As a child I’d sing hymns or read psalms from the bible. Anything positive to distract from the attack.
It’s very hard to convince someone in the middle of an attack that it will pass. When you feel like you’re dying it’s hard to think logically. This is the key time to use what you’ve learned. I used to be terrified of flying, afraid an attack would start at 36000 feet.
Now I’m married to a pilot and fly at least 12 times a year mostly long haul flights of over 6 hours in length. The trick is to have many and varied distractions. I have my kindle, my knitting, my iPad, where I write affirmations if I feel uneasy.
I do not take any form of drugs to control my anxiety. The thought of a drug controlling my problem doesn’t sit well with me. Therefore, it’s important I learned to control the attacks naturally.
Thankfully over the years the attacks have lessened and I’ve not had a major attack in over 20 years. I raised my kids to speak of their problems and should they have an attack to call me. Thankfully they don’t have this affliction. I used the lessons of my fear-ridden childhood to raise my children differently and it’s paid off. I’m very grateful for that”
“Trust me it gets better” – Louise’s Success Story
Louise’s anxiety got so bad that it prevented her from going to College or Work. She couldn’t go out in public, eat or even just enjoy a movie. After practising the Panic Away techniques and using the forum, Louise now describes herself as an incredibly happy person. She is enjoying work, and living her life.
” My anxiety started back in October, it was so bad, that I had to cancel my plans to go to college, and not go into work.
I thought I was doing good all through November and I got enough courage to fly into work in December. However, my anxiety got the best of me when I went up to work and I was sent home after 4 days because I had a panic attack.
It sent me right back to square one, I couldn’t go anywhere public, to eat or enjoy a movie. I thought I had been doing so well but I was back at the beginning. I tried going on long-term anti- anxiety meds two times and both times it made it worse and just didn’t help me one bit.
So I really started using Barry’s techniques, and learning to accept myself and my feelings. I started talking with a great counsellor and journaling really helped me too. I really prepared myself for when I had to return to work again. It had been a whole 4 months since I had done a rotation at camp.
But I just did my first week at work since October and it went AMAZING. I have so much more confidence in myself after getting through it. I was soooo nervous to go on the plane and so nervous to work, my thoughts were going full force a couple days before I went in, but I told myself that I’m safe and it will all be okay. And of course it was!
Just shows how bull sh*t these anxious thoughts are, trying to tell you that things are gonna go horrible but they really aren’t. I finally feel like I’m getting my life back on track, I was in a really bad place the past few months and thought things would never get better and I’d always be like this, but TRUST me it gets better.
I know I’m still gonna have my challenges, this is only one week of work and I have tons of weeks ahead of me and trips I’d eventually like to take. It will take time I know, but I know I can do it and if I have the strength to do it, you do too.
This program has helped me tremendously. I met someone on here that helped me out so much, and got me through a lot of tough days without even knowing me, and I’m happy to now call him my friend.
There are truly amazing people on here that are brave enough to share their stories and it really helped me when I felt I was spiralling down into darkness, so i wanted to share my story. Trust me there’s a light at the end and it will only get better
Anxiety is one of the worst things I have ever experienced, it’s tough when people don’t understand and you feel alone, but know that you are not. I’m on a high from my success of flying into work, having no troubles there and flying back after I was done my week. I am so incredibly happy, and if you were to know how bad things were for me a couple months ago, you would not see the same person at all”
If you are reading this and are in the same place that Louise was, battling with panic and anxiety, know that you can get better and you can have your life back. You are not alone in this!
Visit panicaway.com for more information on the program.
By Barry McDonagh, who is an international panic disorder coach. He created the Panic Away program to help people around the world deal with their anxiety and avoid panic attacks – a subject that he is personally attuned to because he himself found that he was prone to these issues since he was young. His hatred of his powerless lead him down the path of finding natural ways to treat himself without having to depend on expensive medications.His informative site on all issues related to panic and anxiety attacks can be found here: Anxiety Distraction Ideas – Tips for Reducing Anxiety