Exhaustion and its impact on anxiety and panic attacks
Today I want to share important information for those who are struggling with panic attacks and have already achieved some success or may still have not so obvious success so far, but you are in the process. So, as you already know, the concept of panic attack is closely related to another concept – a disturbing state (anxiety) that is very uncomfortable, it is a constant state, unlike panic attack which is relatively short; disturbing state (anxiety) causes constant discomfort, has the ability to influence the positive state of a person and it is like a waiting mode for a panic attack to start. The feeling is rather unpleasant and this alarming state quite often launches a panic attack. During the first two months I have made great progress and during the second month of the fight with panic attacks I almost forgot about anxiety, although during the first month I felt it almost daily, and especially in the morning when I just woke up.
And now, suddenly, one September morning, during the third month of my fight against panic attacks, waking up on Sunday morning, I felt again this unpleasant anxiety feeling. I woke up at about 6 in the morning from an unpleasant feeling as if something interrupted me. Then I fell asleep again. Then I was waken up by the alarm clock and I turned it off, but again I felt that unpleasant feeling that I had when I started fighting panic attacks during the first week and when I was using soothing pills. I wanted to get up, but it was too early to get up – I would have nothing to do, I had some kind of anxiety in my soul. It is like when you go to bed and you can not fall asleep, when you finally fall asleep – you have bad dreams; when you wake up again – you have all the anxiety symptoms. I analyzed the situation and I already know why this happened to me, but this time the cause of become became physical exhaustion. I emphasize it’s exactly exhaustion, but not pleasant physical fatigue.
Physical exercises really strengthen the nervous system and help to make it more reliable and stronger in everyday fights with stress; physical training is an important element in the comprehensive fight against panic attacks, but I emphasize on moderate physical activities which bring pleasant fatigue, but in no case I’m not talking about overwork! This time I confirmed this on my own experience. My grandmother and grandfather have a private plot near the house in the village, where they grow potatoes. They needed to help them gather the crop and transfer the potatoe bags into a deep cellar with steep stairs. That day I was tired, I even had a bit more than usual normal fatigue. However, I saw that I do not feel the usual joy that comes in an hour or two after having worked hard, and then took a shower and already full of strength and energy I am ready to do something different. This time it was not like that, and it meant one thing – overwork. The next day, on Friday, I felt well and engaged in mental work on my computer, but on Saturday, having not managed to regain strength, I had to help digging potatoe on another field, doing it mostly manually; when I was already seriously tired I had to carry heavy potatoe bags 300 meters from the place where the field was and this all in uneven terrain – under a high hump, between buildings. It was hard for me and I did not even recognize myself, feeling as if I had no strength, but I finished my job with carrying potatoe bags. I was tired physically and lay down to bed early enough at 10 o’clock in the evening, although I usually go to bed at 1 o’clock in the night. And now, in the middle of the night and early in the morning I woke up from anxiety, I fell asleep again and woke up again and slept in general until 1 p.m.! I felt that I feel bad. After analyzing the effect of physical stress on the nervous system, I found confirmation that physical labor in general is a certain stress for the nervous system, and very hard physical labor, abnormal, without regimen and several days in a row, is a great stress for the nervous system. I want to remind you that people who suffer from panic attacks essentially have a sick nervous system and like any other diseased organ or system of an organism it needs to be preserved during treatment and recovery. I did the opposite – overwhelmed the nervous system by excessive physical labor and immediately felt the consequences – an alarming condition that I had not experienced for almost a month before. It’s as if a diabetes patient was given a chocolate bar to check how his insulin-producing pancreas is working. Sounds absurd? That’s how it works with the nervous system, but for some reason, few people believe in it. Personally, in the morning, I felt so disturbed as I once felt after a good dose of drinking alcohol last night.
So, in my own experience, I became convinced that physical activity during the treatment of panic attacks and anxiety states should be moderate and strong, but not mindless, and any overload, including physical ones, is not permissible. For example, the frequent mistake of the relatives of the patient with panic attacks is the sharp strain of the patient with physical work, domestic duties and all things that patients with panic attacks did not do before – as if from this he will immediately become healthy. This is wrong and can only worsen the general condition of a person, a patient who has anxiety and panic attacks. If a person has a serious imbalance between physical and mental activity (for example, whole day at a computer, in the car or in the public transport; no sport and physical activities at all, and at the weekend alcohol as the way to get relaxed) then the balance should be renewed gradually. Personally, I began to ride a bicycle every morning – because I wanted it so much and it was convenient. A week later I began to ride after dinner or in the evening and not every day, but two or three times a week.
The same thing with physical exercise – sometimes it was done by me in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon, and sometimes I did not do it at all. I did not use the computer in general for the first two weeks. Not only because I did not feel any traction, but even felt something… disguisting. Over the course of the month, I myself began to work more and more on a computer, at my own will and thrust, but necessarily I would do it with combining physical activity – a bicycle, sometimes swimming, dumbbells. I alternate physical and mental work, I live under the regime of the day, and although I lay to bed quite late, however, I wake up every day and go to sleep almost at the same time – and for the restoration of the nervous system this is also very important.
I want you to pay attention to the fact that everything must be balanced – work and rest, physical and mental work. And where an imbalance arises, the body perceives it as anxiety and it can provoke panic attack or a prolonged anxiety and it does not matter what will trigger a panic attack – mental overload, physical overfeeding or alcohol – your nervous system is sick and so far it is being treated, it should NOT be removed from equilibrium by any kind of stress, since it will only delay the process of full recovery. From when you recover completely – then you can be ready and sometimes allow certain stresses, although it is better to live without them, and yet – take care of yourself and do not let drag yourself out of balance.