Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:52 AM
Intense emotions such as anger, fear and sadness can be crippling in the moment. They can feel like they “take you over.” In a way, they do. This is because if you are so upset that your brain is literally in a “fight-or-flight” mode, there is likely a lot of cortisol (the stress hormone) coursing through your body. When that happens, you may feel irrational, overwhelmed and desperate.
What’s the antidote to cortisol? Oxytocin. Oxytocin is the “feel good” hormone of safety and security. When you’re experiencing a high level of emotional overload, the idea here is to try to trigger the release of oxytocin.
Here’s what you do:
1.Sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes and put your hand over your heart.
2.Take slow deep breaths and conjure up in your mind a person, place or even a pet that represents safety and security.
3.Do this for at least 30 seconds. Notice the feelings in your body.
Research has shown that doing this simple exercise will usually trigger the release of oxytocin in your brain which has a calming effect. It is an excellent way to soothe yourself.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 02:35 PM
Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:52 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:51 AM
Darrell, I don't know if my opinion is worth a whole heck of a lot, but here is my two cents worth.
I am also claustrophobic, and now and again I suffer bouts of panic and anxiety because of my breathing. I think that maybe if you don't already, you should get into the practice of mediation. Controlling panic and anxiety takes a lot of self control, and as you already know, if you give in to these feelings, there is no turning back. The mind is a powerful tool, but we need to train ourselves to make better use of it. Seems to me, it is 'mind over matter', but, as with a lot of things, it does take patience and training to bring yourself to that point. Maybe for some a little counseling will be of benefit as well.
I don't mean to over simplify the severity of these problems, but I feel this might help.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 10:16 AM
"That's how I start my Meditation". It works... and something I need
to get back to doing more often.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 12:20 PM
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