Posted on Jul 16, 2006 | Comments 0
Managing Anxiety and Panic: Some Common Myths
We all try to do something that makes us feel better and more relaxed when in tension, Anxiety, or a panic situation.
In addition, there is nothing wrong in it; actually, this is the best thing to do. However, we most often do things that do not really help while trying to relax ourselves.
Stimulants like alcohol, caffeine, nicotine might seem to help you but they do not actually help much. Most of these stimulants have a tendency to get worse the situation.
Many people consume alcohol to relax themselves and even those who do not tend to start drinking that confront the effects of anxiety and panic related problem.
However, is this really the solution? No. The more that one drinks the more heavy his head feels and in result, it does not lessen your anxiety or panic but rather increases it.
For a small period, you may feel that it helps but the hangover leads to more of mental anguish. Alcohols may help you to sleep rapidly but you will never get a sound sleep.
Alcohol metabolizing processes use many body vitamins. As a result of the vitamin, deficiency alcohol should not be consumed in large quantities daily. Thus, you must substitute your diet with sufficient amounts of vitamins, if you are an alcoholic.
However, for all panic attack sufferers it is in their best interests to quit or overthrow the consumption to a mere minimum level.
Coffee is another very commonly used stimulant. Coffee (or rather caffeine) is used as a cardiac stimulant and acts as a diuretic. In order to provide a sudden up lifting of mood and energy, it is most commonly used. It is also used for increasing alertness. Amongst students who stay awake until late at night it is, the most commonly used stimulant.
However, caffeine can be effective in some cases, is harmful in many areas, and will cause the stress level to rise. Caffeine is highly addictive and acts just in a milder way to drugs like heroine, cocaine etc. People addicted to coffee need coffee to awaken in the morning and while solving even the simplest of their problems.
When used in controlled quantities its harm can be sustained by the body but in surplus amounts, it leads to more increased levels of anxiety as a result of a feeling of sleeplessness and restlessness.
Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, chocolate etc. and in various soft drinks. Consumption of Caffeine should be kept to a least level for proper functioning of the body. People suffering from panic attacks must cut out their caffeine intake due to its adverse effects on mind and body.
Some people also use nicotine in the form of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, mixed with drugs like marijuana and the like as a stimulant. Nicotine is really dangerous because it is passed right away into the bloodstream and from there the nicotine is distributed to the brain. This may then cause a variety of reactions in the brain.
Although Nicotine may not cause any major reaction, others may cause effects ranging from sleep to hallucination. Nicotine affects the nervous system, cardiovascular system and rise in blood pressure including quicker heartbeats. Daily smokers are even higher on the risk side. Nicotine can speed up the onset of fresh wave of panic attacks. Thus, caffeine only aggravates the situation of panic.
Well we see that all these stimulants do no more than harm our body in our bid to handle anxiety and panic situation. You must try to avoid these things as often as possible.
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