• How I Overcame Panic Attacks

    Panic Attack Free

    The image above shows how I wanted to feel…carefree, relaxed, enjoying life.  But the exact opposite was true as my first panic attack changed my life.

    I was having at LEAST one panic attack a day. And even worse, they happened most while I was driving. You know the feeling…starts with getting a little light headed and maybe dizzy, then the palms of your hands start sweating and your heart starts beating faster and faster, and next thing you know you can’t get a good breath in to save your life and you feel like you’re going to fall out (faint). While driving, this is NOT GOOD. I was always afraid that I was going to hit someone or take someone’s life due to passing out at the wheel. I had to so something.

     

    Anxiety and Panic Attack Girl

     

    Please know that what works for me may not work for you as we’re all different. BUT, I’ve had such great success in overcoming what was the most awful period of my life that I now help others manage this as part of my job.

    So, I will try and keep this brief…but here goes!

    Here’s what I was doing when I WAS having DAILY panic attacks:

    *skipping breakfast but having a venti Starbucks caramel macchiato every day
    *had fast food for lunch every day, most frequently were McDonald’s and Taco Bell
    *smoked cigarettes like a champ
    *did not workout
    *had an hour and a half commute to work every day (one way)
    *worked 10+ hours each day (corporate exec job)
    *drank wine every day…probably a little binge drinking on weekends with friends here and there (let’s say once every month or two where I would be hanging with friends and have drinks for hours…think that’s technically considered binge drinking)
    *married and had a newborn baby

    I actually got to the point of not being able to drive to work, so I ended up working from home as often as I could so I didn’t have to drive. I basically didn’t leave the house. I also have had panic attacks in restaurants and at the mall.

     

    Change to Rid Yourself of Panic Attacks

     

    Things I’ve tried:

    *counseling
    *anxiety and depression medications (mentioned before this didn’t work…made my panic attacks worse)
    *gluten-free diet
    *dairy-free diet
    *hair analysis (which showed all of my mineral levels and ratios were off balance so began taking the recommended organic supplements…that was 23 pills 3 times a day…this is not a typo)
    *coffee enemas
    *clean eating
    *no smoking
    *exercise
    *alcohol free

    Where I am now and what has worked for me:

    *haven’t had a single panic attack in over a year and a half
    *eat clean 80-90% of the time
    *one glass of red wine most every day
    *ensure I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
    *drink at least half my weight in ounces of water every day
    *don’t smoke – actually afraid to smoke – so that helps
    *don’t binge drink ever…did it once and felt panic attack type symptoms the next day or two and so won’t be doing that ever again
    *drink Shakeology every single day
    *exercise 5-7 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes
    *focus on the positive (like it’s a job)
    *best shape and health of my life – I’m 41

    I no longer take those pills or do coffee enemas or the dairy free/gluten free thing (I don’t have celiac disease and am not lactose intolerant).

     

    Finally Panic Attack Free

     

    Anxiety is still something I deal with on a daily basis. Like I know that’s within me. I am working daily to manage it and for the most part, I have it under control. There are days where I feel my eye twitch (for real) or I get extra worried/nervous about something…but I am able to recognize that it is my anxiety and truly force my thoughts to something else.