High Anxiety is Often Mistaken for Heart Attacks

Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 7.36.24 AM copyHow to Shake the Shakes – Anxiety 

Anyone who has ever suffered a panic attack knows the horror!  You feel like you are going to die! Some of the symptoms are similar to a heart attack! Many people feel a tightness in their chest, trouble breathing, sweating, lightheadedness, a racing heartbeat, and tightness in the throat. You may get flushed than clammy and light-headed with a sense of disassociation from your body. It’s a feeling of wanting to jump out of your skin.

Anxiety is often shrugged off by others who’ve never experienced it, but the symptoms are real and are often mistaken for a heart attack, This can land you in the emergency room where they will administer you a injection of an anti-anxiety drug. Anxiety can show itself when we least expect it and send us to our knees in a panic attack.

There are some methods that serve as will an effective short-term treatment of an acute panic attack and that is breathing into a paper bag.  If there isn’t one available, cup your hands and take several breaths with them over your nose and mouth.  This simple procedure slows down the heart and calms the nerves by releasing carbon dioxide into the blood stream.

CAUTION: This involves just a few breaths. Breathing into a paper bag too long can fatally lower oxygen in the blood stream.   In severe cases it may be warranted to take anti-anxiety medication just long enough to get you through the initial period, but if it continues, you will want to seek professional trauma therapy.

You can also step out of this mind-reeling spiral of panic, by purposefully doing something routine, such as brushing your teeth, shaving, doing a chore. The hope is that the routine task will switch your focus and break the cycle.

One method that always works for me is to take a deep breath and hold it for the count of three. As I exhale slowly, I say out loud: ‘Calm down” three times. This is similar to the paper bag in that it slows down your bodily functions.

Other helpful activities are relaxing in a warm bath, going outside for air, smelling the scent of lavender, drinking warn herbal tea.

Are There Any Supplements or Foods That Can Help?

Anxiety is stress and something troubling us that we are trying to avoid facing. The permanent cure for anxiety to learn what those issues are and address them, but in the meantime there are some healthy foods that have calming qualities.

Here are some Healing foods, herbs and supplements that naturally soothe anxiety. You can make them a part of your daily diet.

  • Apricots
  • Basil
  • Cloves
  • Kava
  • Lettuce
  • Mulberries
  • Oats

Herbs/supplements for Anxiety

Now I’d like to hear from you! Do you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks? In what ways do you manage them? Let us know.