So sorry you have been through such a trying series of health scares. Anxiety can manifest in so many ways, and it is scary. At least now you know what is at the bottom of your symptoms. I hope you can rest in that. The medications you are on should be helpful. The Prozac will take a couple of weeks to get the full effect, but the Xanax is fast acting.
So what can you do to relax? Panic attacks can happen for no apparent reason, but there are things to get through them and perhaps make them less frequent.
Here are some things that have helped me both now and in the past. I have suffered from anxiety for many years.
First, find some relaxing music (Youtube has tons of zen and relaxing music) and try some deep breathing. My fave is called square breating. Take a deep breath through your nose breathing deep from your abdomen hold it and count to 4 and then exhale slowly through your mouth while counting to 4.. Count to 4 again and repeat the whole process. Do this for a few minutes. It relaxes you and teaches your body to breath deeply and not so shallow. When we are anxious we often tend to breath short shallow breaths that can cause us to hyperventilate which just makes the anxiety that much worse.
Try drinking herbal tea while listening to music. I say herbal because caffeine is anxiety's worst enemy. The more anxiety we consume the more anxious we are likely to become.
Try a hot bubble bath with your fave scent...many find lavender soothing. Put some candles around your bathroom and just relax.
Also there are cd's that have progressive muscle relaxation exercises which you are guided by someone with a soothing voice to help you release the tension in your body,
Lastly exercise can help anxiety quite a bit. I find walking very relaxing and it gets rid of the nervous energy. You may do any type of aerobic exercise that you enjoy.
I hope some of these ideas are helpful and that you find comfort, peace of mind and start to feel much better.
Cynthia~~~ A follower of Jesus Christ!!
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