DON’T PANIC

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Text by Jasmin Kirkbride

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CONTENTS

Cover

Title Page

Copyright

 

Introduction

Don’t Panic

Conclusion

INTRODUCTION

Nearly everyone will feel anxious at some point in their lives, but for some of us, it can be overwhelming, even rising up into nasty peaks called panic attacks. When anxiety takes hold, it can really feel like you’re losing control.

But the truth is that you can master your thoughts. Even though anxiety can feel very real, your worries aren’t true and, by turning towards your fears, you can begin to understand just how untrue they really are.

Facing your fears is an act of bravery, but you don’t have to do it alone. This book is filled with simple tips and techniques to help you manage your panic and work through your worries. Though your anxiety might never completely go away, you can learn to manage it and live a more peaceful life. Best of all, you might just discover a really awesome person along the way: yourself.

MY ANXIETY MAKES ME VULNERABLE: MY RECOVERY MAKES ME STRONG.

 

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety is a perfectly normal human feeling, just like anger, happiness or sadness. It’s distinct from fear, because fear exists to warn us of a genuine danger in the moment, while anxiety focuses on something that is not objectively or immediately dangerous. You feel afraid if there is a speeding car coming towards you, for example, but you feel anxious about an exam or about going to an interview.

Fear and anxiety can feel quite similar, however, because they both put the body into a natural response called ‘fight or flight’ mode, where we’re on high alert and packed with adrenaline. Because anxiety is a natural biological response, it is unlikely ever to go away entirely, but there are lots of things you can do to manage and accept it. These things allow you to rule your anxieties, rather than letting them rule you!

 

 

 

ANXIETY IS JUST A PART OF ME. IT IS NEVER THE WHOLE STORY.

 

 

 

CAUSES OF ANXIETY

The things we feel anxious about can vary hugely and they don’t always make sense – even when they’re your own worries! It’s normal to have a little bit of anxiety, but too much anxiety and it can feel like our emotions are spiralling out of control. When that happens, it’s time to take action and tame the panic – which is exactly what this book is here to help with.

It can be comforting to remember that anxiety is the body’s natural survival mechanism coming into play. It’s just been tricked by our overactive brains into interpreting dangerous situations where they do not exist. Don’t be hard on your body, your brain or yourself. Anxiety is natural and normal, but you don’t have to let it run your life.

 

 

 

ANXIETY IS FEAR OF ONE’S SELF.

WILHELM STEKEL

 

 

 

I DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR WHAT’S INSIDE.

 

 

 

HOW CAN STRESS CONTRIBUTE TO ANXIETY?

Stress has been called ‘the epidemic of the twenty-first century’, so if you’re feeling snowed under, you’re not alone. But just because everybody’s feeling it, doesn’t mean being super stressed out is OK. Stress occurs around particular events which put you under pressure, like tight deadlines or too much to do in one day. In reaction to the event, the body releases all sorts of chemicals to help us perform at our peak for an extended period of time. The side effects of these chemicals can include feeling anxious, and that anxiety can stick around after the thing that made us stressed has gone, especially if we are in the habit of feeling stressed. So, for many people, part of managing anxiety is also about managing stress.

 

 

 

I never have so much to do that I cannot take a break.

 

 

 

HOW CAN ANXIETY MANIFEST IN YOUR LIFE?