13 thoughts on “!!! Listen to yourself !!!

  1. I’m sure that will be very helpful Ilze to people who suffers from panic attacts, and brave of you to make it. After you last spoke about them (I never had them) I read a lot about them and, as I think I said at the time, they must be very frightening. About listening to yourself: Petronela says something similar, not for an emotional need but for a physical one. Usually she doesn’t eat fruit but suddenly she bought bananas and kiwi fruit and ate them. Her body told her she needed to eat them she said.
    Anyway, I’m glad you’re feeling better now and hope making that video helped you. And that you can enjoy the evening with your friends – ‘dirty’ house or no! Next time no coffee, Linden tree tea! You still won’t clean the house but you’ll feel better I’m sure. Cocoa is good too – not ‘hot chocolate’, it always have too much sugar. xx

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    1. Oh, I just made that easy bread you shared… and won’t clean house for sure. I’m starting to love myself that’s why I’m brave!! Yeah! I won’t drink hot chocolate… just cocoa! couldn’t find the right word at that moment. I’m better with writing than speaking 😀

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  2. Hi Ilze,

    I found this post to be very brave. It is hard to share our vulnerabilities especially after a panic attack. I have suffered panic attacks in the past and they revisit only once in a long while now. So there is definitely hope – it will not be forever. I stopped drinking coffee when I first started experiencing panic attacks. I think I used coffee to keep going when what I really needed was to rest and reflect. Interestingly enough, I stopped being so in the throes of panic when I lay down and invited the fear to be with me. It was hard to be with it, but it seemed to pass more quickly when I invited it in. It is so so hard. I think what happens after a panic is we lose confidence in ourselves. But just know your sensitivities are your gift – and maybe make you prone to panics as well. We need people like you. Be well.

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    1. Thank you! I’m sorry that you been it too! But glad you wrote! I’m doing me and felt a need to share it… I couldn’t lay down.. my feeling is like I wanna rip myself apart and get out of my body… run away! And the saddest part is that I can’t run away cause body won’t respond. But I can do a brisk walk and it helps! At first I felt that like I’m gonna die but thanks to Janis – walk is the better thing I can do :).

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      1. Yes, it is so intense, I think we have to do whatever helps. Deep breathing is also good – anything that helps to get you out of fright or flight. Also reminding yourself that the feelings are real but it is not true that you are in danger. Sometimes reminding yourself -real but not true – helps.

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  3. I’m just the opposite with Romanian: I can speak it far better than write it! Glad you made that bread and that you’re loving yourself’. I often drink cocoa, very comforting. Sometime I must post how my school French teacher (hated French, hated him!) taught me to make it. For that I later decided he wasn’t such a bad guy after all. Now I’m making chicken curry; do you eat curry in Latvia?

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  4. Oh sweet Ilze! You know just what to do when you need to, and you did the good and right thing! I’m so proud of you! A good message – we must listen to ourselves. Easier said than done so often in the heat of the moment – isn’t it? Your English is so impressive. My heart is with you my sweet Ilze! ❤ Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! I’ve got few emails from people who suffering the same and I’m proud I shared! I can’t heal quickly but I can avoid having panic attacks if I’m listening to myself! But as you said – in the heat of the moment – everything lost. I’m getting better, and sometimes pretty scared how good I am 🙂 but not perfect! 😀

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  5. How brave of you to share these vulnerable and scary feelings. As a young mom, I often had similar feelings and often gave into the panic feelings. In my case my trigger was housework. I always felt like my house was not clean enough to pass inspection by my friends and family. I would clean and clean and clean until I thought I would expire from exhaustion but, in a way the activity of cleaning got me to focus on something besides the panic feelings, it gave me something to do. Your idea to walk is perfect. A nice long walk expends the negative energy and allows the mind to concentrate on something neutral. I think your advice to “listen to yourself” is spot-on. We all get so caught up in our everyday lives that it is difficult to listen to the thing closest to us…..ourselves. As I sit here listening to you, I am drinking a huge coffee, which is maybe not the best thing for me. I will switch to tea. Keep sharing please, it reminds me so much of my younger self. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I guess we all (young moms) are afraid of inspection by friends and family… but guess what! Clean is only in the places where no one live like hotel …. 😉 I lower my standards (to what my house should look like) and increase my harmony level. I am who I am! And if my house is “problem” then “don’t come till girls are grownups” 😉

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      1. You make me smile. I took a long time to realize my friends and family were not judging me…..I was judging myself based on what I thought they were thinking. Boy-oh-boy was I wrong. They were coming to see me because they loved me. They didn’t care what my house looked like but it took time for me to understand and accept that idea….they just wanted to see me. Now I know; life is way too short to get caught up in what others think about me. I am Me. Take it or leave it. I will continue to be Me and enjoy being Me. Stop by some time. I’ll make some tea and clear off the table so we can sit and visit.

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