Panic or Precaution

Panic or Precaution

Fear is the cheapest room in the house, I would like t see you in better living conditions. ˗ Hafiz

A person sometimes might shiver with fear in the face of an unknown thing. The world might seem chaotic, disconnected and out of control because an invisible attacker has appeared on the scene. The invisibility of a virus can seem to look like a land mine under a microscope. A round ball with spikes that can explode at any time. Ironically it seems that toilet paper is the most needed item symbolically for some people in order to be able to clean up a mess. Panic seems to be running rampant and trampling over rational precaution like a swarm of 17-year locusts devouring everything in its path; just like a deer panicked by the headlights.

Etymologically the word panic comes from the Greek panikos, it is the name of the Greek god Pan, noted for causing terror, to whom woodland noises were attributed. Pan was considered to be a nature god who used reeds to invent the pan flute or panpipes. The word panic is not related to the word pandemic.

Panic is a strong emotion that captures a person in its grip. However, panic is also a normal human emotion. An extreme reaction to feeling panicky is a panic attack which is characterized by four or more of the following symptoms: it can have an abrupt onset that develops swiftly. It can reach a peak within 10 minutes: Palpitations, pounding heart, with an accelerated heart rate, even breaking out into a sweat with trembling or shaking. Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, which is so strong that it causes a brain lock such as to prevent rational reasoning and logical thinking. Normal responses are frozen and replaced with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, or frantic agitation consistent with a person wanting to flee with an extreme fight-or-flight reaction.

Preventative Strategies to Use When Feeling Stressed, Anxious or Panicky

 

  1. Take a time-out.Listen to music, meditate, do yoga, get a massage, or learn to relax.
  2. Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Use healthful, energy-boosting snacks.
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  4. Get enough sleep.When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
  5. Exercise dailyto help you feel good and maintain your health.
  6. Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  7. Count to 10 slowly. Repeat.
  8. Do your best. Don’t aim for perfection, which isn’t possible, feel good about all you achieve.
  9. Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective.
  10. Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.
  11. Maintain a positive attitude. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  12. Observe what triggers your anxiety. Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed.

 There are only 2 ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle. ˗ Einstein


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