What are your go-to affirmations for panic attacks and anxiety? Leave them in the comments below. Let’s make this post our own little resource hub ♡
If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been MIA from this blog for the month of May. A lot has been happening, personally, which meant it was difficult to focus on creating for the blog. During my time away, I had one of the most intense panic attacks I’ve ever experienced and ended up in the emergency room. It was terrifying but, perhaps shocking to some, the best thing that could’ve happened to me.
I say that because I was able to sit down with a compassionate ER doctor and, for the first time, go over what it was that I was feeling. It was a moment of clarity and comfort that I was desperate for.
This is what I learned that day:
- I was not dying
- I was not having a heart attack
- Everything else (physically) was fine (I was so grateful to learn)
- My anxiety is what led to the attack
Although I hadn’t been feeling well (or like my usual self) for a long while prior (almost two years) and trying to get a normal check-up from a family doctor, I was unsuccessful. One, it took me forever to find a family doctor that was accepting new patients (the family doctor I had since birth retired, and I was left with no one). Two, from the very beginning, everything I said I was feeling was attributed to my anxiety by the doctor I eventually found (that I had only spoken to twice, by the way, and never even met in person – our two appointments were over the phone). Honestly, I could’ve said my toe hurt, and they would’ve said – well, it’s just your anxiety. It was getting to that point.
As soon as they heard I had anxiety, it seemed there was no need to take anything else I was saying seriously or even to bother checking it out. I couldn’t breathe – well, that’s just your anxiety, no need to have a chest x-ray just in case.
It was incredibly frustrating. I was brushed off from day one by this doctor without having been seen by any doctor in almost 10 years! In this case, it turned out to be my anxiety, but what if it was something more serious. I believe I deserved to be checked out rather than get to the point of having to go to the ER to do it.
Let’s just say I learned a lot from the experience. Most importantly, about what was causing my feeling sick. But also about advocating for myself, not suffering in silence, the stigma of mental health, and the immense value of peace of mind.
One takeaway from my trip to the ER: The doctor said this “You will experience this again, but nothing bad is going to happen to you.”
There it was. Honest. Real. No sugarcoating.
This was the statement that resonated so deeply with me. It brought me the greatest comfort, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. And although I haven’t experienced an attack to that degree since, I’ve been able to use that statement over and over again to help ease my anxiousness.
And along with it, I’ve been using a few more affirmations to help with my feelings of panic and anxiety. I wanted to share them with you today.
If you’re someone who can relate, I’m so grateful you ended up here today because it helps me feel less alone. I hope to do the same for you.
And a note about affirmations. They are very personal. So, please, make changes to these to best serve your particular needs. You’ll also notice I’ve included both the words panic and anxiety in some. Feel free to choose the one word most applicable to you or another word altogether.
And keep them realistic. Affirmations should always remain realistic, but especially for anxiety. Unrealistic affirmations may actually trigger your anxiety more. So remain grounded, focused, truthful, and real about your goals and with your statements. For instance, instead of saying: “My anxiety will not affect me any longer.” Say: “I will manage my anxiety and accomplish my goals in spite of it.”
Take care, loves ♡ xx, Amanda
Affirmations For Panic Attacks And Anxiety
- I will get through this
- Nothing bad is going to happen to me
- I can manage my feelings of panic/anxiety and live a fulfilled life in spite of them
- My feelings of panic/anxiety are temporary and will pass
- I will show myself the same compassion as I show others
- I am going to focus on things that bring me joy to help me get through this
- My feelings of panic/anxiety are not dangerous, only uncomfortable
- My feelings of panic/anxiety do not control me
- I will be okay
- I can handle this temporary discomfort
- I can manage my feelings of panic/anxiety and achieve calmness because I have done so before
- I am not alone in this moment. I have people that care for, support, and love me.
- This moment of discomfort will pass
- I am stronger than my feelings of panic/anxiety
- I know what my feelings of panic/anxiety feel like because I have felt them before, but I always get through it
Let’s chat – what are your go-to affirmations for panic attacks and anxiety?
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Disclaimer: The information provided on this blog is written from personal and lived experience. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health or mental health, you should always consult with a health-care professional.