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Your heart starts beating fast. You start sweating. The walls start closing in and you feel light headed. You want to run away from the feelings and sensations but your body cannot move.
Sound familiar? If you’ve ever had a panic attack then you know they can sneak up on you when you least expect it. And chances are you want to know why you had one. Many midlifers suffer from panic attacks or anxiety caused by a number of reasons which are highlighted below.
Speculating will get you nowhere. (And might even cause more panic attacks.)
What you need are some good solid facts. Here are the most common reasons for panic attacks.
#1 Major life transitions. We’re talking about moving, divorce or marriage, job loss, money worries or having a baby. There are expectations and tremendous anxiety placed on these events.
#2 Fears/Phobias. If you have a fear of heights for example and go to the top of the EmpireStateBuilding, a panic attack may occur.
#3 Health & Nutrition Problems. Interestingly enough there are many nutrient deficiencies and health conditions that cause panic attacks including:
Mitral valve prolapse
Zinc or magnesium deficiencies
Stimulants like caffeine
Panic attacks are your body’s way of setting off the alarm systems. They’re letting you know something isn’t right. If you’re being chased by a bear then it makes sense to panic. If you’re simply driving to work or shopping, your alarm system is malfunctioning.
There are real, natural, ways you can manage and eliminate your panic attacks. I recently came across Paul David, who has written a book on this subject. An ex-sufferer himself, Paul explains what he went through and how he overcame his fears. Visit Overcome Your Anxieties to learn more about eliminating the anxiety and panic attacks in your life
To Your Good Health & Happiness!
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