Feelings of panic can be very unpleasant, and hard to shift in the short term. But there are a few simple actions which can help.
Excessive worry, in the form of anxiety, is a plague of our times. It has solid evolutionary roots, but we can learn to manage it.
We are evolved with alarms to detect risk. But when those alarms go into overdrive, we can stop functioning so well. How can we protect ourselves against an excessively anxious response to life?
Anxiety is inner conflict. Often, there is a strong unconscious pull towards an inner wish, but an equally strong fear or repulsion. Living between these extremes can split us agonisingly between hope and fear.
Fear makes us hide our true feelings. Through counselling, friendships, or personal exploration, we can encourage our suppressed, authentic inner self to speak again.
We all want to be secure. But we also want freedom. An inability to manage transition between these two extremes is the basis for much anxiety.