Everyone sometimes feels fear and anxiety because it is the body’s natural response to danger and stress. However, those with panic disorder constantly feel these adverse emotions.

Anxiety requires prompt treatment because if left untreated, it usually gets worse to the point of becoming debilitating. The sooner someone with anxiety gets help, the easier it is to recover.

Panic attacks occur suddenly and unexpectedly, triggering extreme physiological responses in the face of no apparent risk (in harmless and stress-free situations). It is terrifying to have a panic attack. You could feel like you are losing control, suffering a heart attack or even dying. As a result, many who have experienced a panic attack become fearful of any situation that may trigger another episode. This constant worrying can adversely affect one’s quality of life.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

The emotional and physical experience of anxiety is subjective. Each person will feel symptoms according to their nature and situational factors.

The most common physical effects of anxiety can include:

  • A churning sensation in your stomach

  • Dizziness or feeling light-headed
  • Pins and needles
  • Restlessness (an inability to sit still)
  • Body pains, including headaches and backache
  • Faster breathing
  • Fast, erratic or thumping heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep issues
  • Teeth grinding (more so at night)
  • Nausea
  • Needing to use the bathroom more or less often than usual
  • Sex drive fluctuations
  • Panic attacks (which can feel like a heart attack in severe cases)
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The most common mental effects of anxiety can include the following:

  • The inability to relax due to feeling nervous or tense
  • Fear and dread (expecting the worst of something)
  • Feeling like your world is slowing down or speeding up
  • Getting the sense that all eyes are upon you and everyone knows you are anxious
  • Thinking that you are right in worrying because bad things will happen if you do not
  • Constantly worrying about your anxiety and when the next panic attack may happen
  • Needing constant reassurance
  • Thinking that everyone is upset or angry with you
  • Having a nagging feeling that you are losing touch with reality
  • Depression (or low mood)
  • Rumination (rerunning situations in your mind or fixating on bad experiences)
  • Depersonalization (a state of mental or physical disconnection, where you may imagine yourself to be an observer of a fictional character that is you)
  • Derealization (another state of dissociation in which one loses touch with reality and begins to believe that the world around them is a simulation)
  • Excessively fretting over potential future events

Chronic anxiety symptoms can significantly affect your day-to-day life. For example, they can make accomplishing routine tasks like looking after yourself and your living space, keeping a steady job (because it impacts your ability to work), maintaining and forming new relationships, being open to new experiences and enjoying time off (being leisurely).

Addressing Anxiety and Panic Attacks with Holistic Treatments and Natural Remedies

Anxiety and panic attacks are three-pronged: A fear of the self (the sensations you have promoted in your body), a mind-body disconnection and a brain-induced nerve loop unnecessarily firing past the point of life functioning.

A Fear of Self

Addressing fear of self requires a reintroduction of getting to know what the self is, both on an intellectual plain and on a physical level, through psychotherapy, coaching, somatic experiencing and yogic techniques.

A Mind-Body Disconnect

Addressing a mind-body disconnect requires increased somatic awareness and a strengthened and balanced nervous system to handle whatever mind-body sensations are to come up. This is done using somatic experiencing, bioenergetic practices, kundalini yoga and shamanic drum journeying.

A Brain-Induced Nerve Loop

Generally, a brain-induced nerve loop stems from the 10th cranial nerve (the “Vagus Nerve”), which does not connect the mind and body efficiently. Once the mind and body communicate effectively again, the brain will no longer send outdated loops.

Contact Earth’s Edge Wellness to Get to the Root of Your Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Earth’s Edge Wellness offers individualized retreats and standard programming that involve holistic anxiety treatments and natural remedies for panic attacks to help you resolve this issue for good. Contact us to begin your journey toward a more relaxed and fulfilling life.