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Surviving Xmas with an anxiety disorder

Although many people look forward to Xmas, with others it fills them with dread. If you have an anxiety disorder, feelings of apprehension may take hold several weeks before the festive season starts. I have put together some pointers to reduce your anxiety and make the holiday season more bearable, and possibly enjoyable.

1. Be honest! You may be invited to parties, or you may be hosting a party yourself. If you are invited to someone’s house, be honest with them. Tell them about your condition and explain how it might affect you. Have a back up plan, in case you start feeling unwell. Ask if you can use one of the bedrooms to have a rest and practise your deepbreathing exercises etc.

2. Don’t overindulge! Excessive sugar and caffeine may increase your anxiety. If you have to have alcohol, perhaps you could alternate with a soft drink. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

3. Stay in the moment! Don’t let your brain keep focusing on the future and catastrophising over everything. Keep saying to yourself “I’ll deal with it when it happens”.

4. Stay focused! If you are practising various techniques, like exposure therapy, these can fall by the wayside during the festive season. Make a list of things you need to practise each day, and stay focused!

5. You have been through this before and survived. You can do it again!

6. Remember that Xmas is a time for love and the most important person you can love is yourself.

Above all, I hope you and your loved ones have a peaceful and joyous festive season,
Vincent Benedict

Caffeine and panic attacks - a lethal mixture?

Caffeine and panic attacks

Caffeine and panic Attacks – a lethal mixture?

Caffeine and panic attacks is potentially a lethal mixture.  Check your diet to see if you are drinking and as healthily as possible.   In many cases, the anxiety may have been caused by a change in drinking habits.   The symptoms of drinking too much caffeine can be similar to those of a panic attack, and all it may need is for you to reduce caffeine intake.   Artificial sweetners, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks/soda, coffee/tea etc can cause havoc with your stability and should be investigated.  Panic attacks give you an adrenaline rush and caffeine and panic attacks are a similar reaction.  Try keeping a diary for a week of everything you drink.  After the week, investigate everything you enter in the diary and look at its contents/make up.  Research it on the internet and eliminate it if it is not good for you.   Try and drink healthy drinks whenever possible.   Switch to herbal teas, especially camomile.   If you are still not sure about your diet, contact a nutritionist for advice.
Have a look at the following video to receive more advice about suggested teas.

Also, have a look at your alcohol intake and the numbers of cigarettes you are smoking each day.   Caffeine and panic attacks are just one poor connection; check your daily lifestyle to see if there are more.

I’m on a Journey of complete recovery over my panic attacks and extreme anxiety the natural way!! (NO ANTI DEPRESSANTS!!) This is one of the things that I’m doing to help on a daily basis. I struggle with my anxiety and panic on a daily basis and am sooo tired! I’m hoping that drinking this tea over time, along with taking my herbs will help me get well soon!!! My hopes is that you will go on this Journey with me! Thanks…

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*** Disclaimer:   Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from client to client.

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