Panic Attack

Do you ever have moments of panic? The kind where you can still think, you can still rationalize to a degree, but you are afraid you won’t come out on the other side of this awful feeling that controls your body. You feel scared. You feel it physically. There’s no place to run. Panic attack.

Take a breath. Think it through. Talk to someone. If you know that it’s normal, that everyone has this happen to them, you will come out on the other side by giving yourself a little time. For me, it means it’s time to write down the pros and cons. I am contemplating something that is overwhelming my system so I need to give myself time to catch up.

This is where and when people get into trouble with drugs and alcohol. Drugs make it easy to get away from that panic feeling, or depression, or fear, or a lousy life. Drugs make it easy in your head, all the while they are destroying any chance you have for a good life. Don’t succumb. What may temporarily feel like a way out – is in reality a long, cold road to hell, the worst life possible.

Take a breath. Think it through. Talk to someone.

We are currently experiencing one of the coldest winters on record. Some people can’t afford to heat their homes. At the same time, California is experiencing one of the worst droughts they have ever seen, the effects of which are going to last for years. The Olympics are starting and the host country isn’t ready. The whole world is watching them, and criticizing them. Civil war is rampant in the Middle East. People are blown up every day. There are things worthy of our concern, and there are times to bolt in order to save one’s life, but we need perspective.

Take a breath. Think it through. Talk to someone.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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1 Response to Panic Attack

  1. I agree that in times of panic, talking to someone can be essential. Practicing in small steps is a great way to help gain trust in oneself.

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