Panic Attacks -
Could Negative Self Talk Be Causing Your Panic Attacks?
What causes panic attacks? Why do some people have them and some donīt?
Why do they happen at certain times and not others? These are just a
few of the questions that race through the mind of anxiety sufferers.
There are so many questions pertaining to why, that you could spend
your life obsessing over it. One of the reasons that you may be
experiencing extreme problems with fear, stress and worry is that you
fuel your bodyīs apprehension with a lot of negativity.
Negative self talk are the things we tell ourselves that are not
helpful, not motivating and quite often paralyzing. We canīt do this;
everyone will think weīre crazy if we even suggest it; donīt wear red,
someone might notice you. These are just some of the notions that
flood through anxiety sufferers minds.
Another panic inducing thought begins with "what if" followed by
hundred or thousands of terrible, catastrophic scenarios. What if I
talk to my boss about a raise and he fires me. What if I ask that girl
out on the second floor and she says no and tells everyone about it.
What if people laugh at me? What if I give a presentation and trip on
the way to the podium? What if, what if, what if.....
These two little words have the ability to steal the confidence of
anyone but particularly a panic attack sufferer.
Eliminating this self doubt from your thoughts can go along way
towards reducing any anxiety you might experience when you encounter a
difficult or unusual event during the day. Negative thoughts make you
doubt your abilities and avoid certain tasks and activities. Reverse
this trend by eliminating these thoughts and replacing them with more
Take a few moments and think about some of your negative thoughts.
Write a few done. Make your list!!!
For example, you could write I canīt speak in front of others or I am
a weakling. Look at your statements. Is there any basis for what have
you written. Analyze it carefully and critically, not emotionally. For
example, if you wrote that you canīt speak in front of others, think
about whether that is really true. Donīt you speak to other people all
the time, to your friends, to your family, maybe even to your
classroom when you were in school?
What if you wrote down you are afraid of tripping in front of other
people and as a result, you constantly tell yourself, donīt trip,
donīt trip..... What is the likelihood of you actually tripping if
you are wearing appropriate shoes? But more than that, what is the
worst that could happen if you trip? You skin your knee? Life will go
To counter panic attacks, you need to begin with the negative self
talk that is fueling your worry and anxiety. Analyze the negative
thought, consider them as you would a problem at work or in school and
determine the likelihood and consequences of such a thing happening.
Often, you will find your worries are quite overblown and not
necessary in your day to day life. Try to think of positive thoughts
that you can build yourself up with throughout the day, such as "I can
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