Hello my name is James. I’ve been dealing with Anxiety/Panic disorder for nearly 5 years now. There’s been good times (Where I’ve been fine for a little while) and of course the very bad times (Panic attack every day, a number of times) I think it’s 100% the right time to put this nonsense behind me, or at least control it enough to not affect my day to day life so much.
I was wondering if anyone in this community has dealt with such a thing and if they know any good self help/self improving books that can some what help train the mind to control the thoughts/feelings etc.
Thank you very much in advance. Hope to hear back from the community of High Existence.
“help train the mind to control the thoughts/feelings etc.”
No books needed man, all you need is Meditation.
I’m not too sure, people assume they know what meditation is, and then a lot of the time when they read about it they realise they didn’t understand what meditation was at all.
I would say books wouldn’t be needed if you were lucky enough to have someone around to help fill your head with the right information.
But this isn’t always the case… in which case books and you tube videos become a key! :D
I have to tell you this. Mushrooms talked me out of the same issue that I had with anxiety. I was feeling really jittery on a trip once when all of the sudden, Austin Powers appeared as a “vision” and said, “That’s not anxiety, that’s free love baby, yeah!”, cheesy grin and all. I was so tickled that the lesson hasn’t left me yet. Every time I feel that electric pull in my solar plexus I used to interpret as anxiety, I change thoughts about it as feeling “free love” instead.
“Minding the Body, Mending the Mind” – This book is excellent! It contains great intro information about the mind/body connection, and provides some easy but powerful techniques for relaxation.
– This is another awesome one focused on the yoga approach. Plenty of practical advice.
Contrary to other people’s advice I’d say stay away from the drugs. Some people may have had good experiences with them, and those experiences are valid for those people, but especially something as potent as a psychedelic could really throw you off balance if you have serious anxiety.
Definitely find yourself some form of meditation practice. Something that is body-focused could be really helpful. Do some research and play around with a few different types.
I wish you well!
I just noticed you used the phrase “control thoughts and feelings”. I think it could be really helpful to get away from trying to “control” them, and instead see it as a process of accepting, welcoming, and becoming comfortable with them. I have never wrestled away control of the parts of my inner self which are uncomfortable. Some of them, however, have yielded to the direction I’ve wanted once I was OK with yielding to them first. I know this is pretty abstract and it might just seem like semantics, but its definitely not.
AAaaaand you might like the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. There’s a lot about that book that I don’t like, particularly Eckhart’s wording in some places, but it seems to pull you into the now as you read it. Helps you be more present with yourself, it helped me be more present and accepting of my bodily experience.
I too experience anxiety and panic attacks on a daily basis. I read many books but to no avail and it literally took over my very existence until around 6 years ago. I found myself in the all too familiar ER yet again after pretty much thinking I was dying and couldn’t breathe… I fell to the floor and screamed out to the nurse “I can’t breathe I can’t breathe” and what happened next changed my life. The nurse said “Sing baa baa black sheep” I didn’t question her and so I went on to sing baa baa black sheep. The nurse then said “Humm for me” So yup you guessed it I hummed. Next she asked… “What is your name?” I answered “Tracey-Lee” She came a little closer gave me a hug and whispered in my ear… “If you can sing, humm and tell me your name then your airway is not blocked, you CAN breathe and no you are not dying”
From that moment on every time I had a panic attack her words echoed in my mind. Do I still get panic attacks? Yup I sure do but as quick as I talk myself into them I sing, humm and say my name and know my airway is not blocked. I try to share my story will as many people as I can. I hope it helps you too :)
Thank you for the story. I have had similar help and guidance. The feeling of your throat closing or blocking is a horrible, scary moment but I was told to sing and talk to my self. You can’t do that if it’s closing. It sure does help and I’m glad it helped you. Now it’s just time we control and program our minds that panic attacks are not dangerous and we are just very alert to our sensations of the body. Maybe then the panic attacks will stop to a degree.