For me, it’s surviving… After the nights like this (and those mornings when you woke up at 5am and can’t fall asleep anymore) I defiantly don’t drink a coffee. Why?
First things first. I got several panic attacks few month ago. That was my first time but my husband suffered from panic attacks 10 years ago (We are together a bit more than 7 years). He ends up in a hospital… get cured. I have to say, he was only 22 years old! I was super shocked and worried when he got his panic attack (first since we are together) four years ago. I didn’t know how to help nor how he felt! He took his smartphone and run out of the apartment. I worried about him, Nelle was 4 months old and didn’t sleep… and all I can do was call him and ask if he’s getting better. He was fine and after a short run, he was back with us.. I can’t understand: feeling terrible and have to go for a run?!
I had one 3 months ago! It is exactly as Janis (husband) described…. have to get away, go for run.. except I was too scared to run without him. My mother was with as in that day, so we went outside… in the dark and rain. I run… I walked… Janis holds my hand and I was afraid. Afraid to die!
I had panic attacks more often…. 3 time per week was the lowest point of my health.
I start to ask myself – what’s wrong with me? What I did before panic attacks got me!? I found out, that my panic attacks start after insomnia! Sleepless nights…
and if I drink coffee (I’m afraid to try matcha too) more likely I’ll have panic attacks.
I never had panic attacks after a good night sleep! That is the most important thing to stay healthy!
How I survive the day after a restless night:
- I start my day right away after awakening.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Have a light breakfast (the same with other meals).
- Don’t drink coffee – all day.
- Limite sugar intake.
- I do all important things right away.
- Get outside. Have some fresh air.
- If it’s possible to take a nap.
- I don’t stay in dark spaces.
My last panic attack was around this Christmas. I was super busy to create perfect Christmas for my perfect family ;). Soon I realize that my family won’t be perfect without me in it!
Calm down and be healthy,
P.S. Picture from http://www.woodcockpsychology.com.au/