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7 Ways to Stop Panicking

3. Take responsibility to figure out what youíre afraid of. Unless youíre in immediate, direct danger, whatís scaring or upsetting you is probably not as urgent as you think. Make a list of what youíre afraid of. This will help you move beyond free-floating anxiety, and begin to think more clearly.

4. Check the facts. Is what’s on the news really true? Do we have an epidemic, or only 11 confirmed cases in California? Does the source you’re listening to have something to gain by putting you in a panic? Are they trying to sell you something, get federal funding, or get elected? Are you reacting to someone elseís panic? Get some facts about whatever is frightening you. Is there a real, immediate threat, or is it just wise to be cautious? Is your partner actually going to abandon you, or is he or she just angry about something?

5. Make a decision about what to do about each fear. If itís a health fear, perhaps better hygiene or a talk with your doctor will resolve it. If itís a relationship fear, finding out what your partner is really thinking (instead of guessing) will probably make more sense.

6. Take some action to resolve the problems or threats youíre facing. Get a flu shot, go for relationship therapy, or have a good talk with your partner or family member.

7. Sell yourself on a positive outcome. Think of all the possible great outcomes of the changes you’re making. Consider what you will learn, and how much better your life and relationships will be without the panic.

With a calmer outlook, youíll be able to make better decisions, and create a more successful outcome. I wish you peace, within yourself, within your family, within the world.

 

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8:10AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thanks

9:23AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

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4:17PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

great info

7:02AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

helpful

8:15AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Great article!!

12:23AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

thank you!!!

11:01PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

good advice! thing is, sometimes when i'm in panic mode, i'm not rational enough to slow down and take deep breaths! sometimes i need someone to remind me and often that isn't the case...

11:37AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Good stuff, thanks!

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fascinating and insightful. Often difficult to do during alarming situations but panicking often is even worse especially if there is a fire in a crowded building and people instinctively run for the exit trapping each other when a more calm demeanour means getting out safely. In some situations quelling panic is not easy.

9:40PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

This is so true, and your advices so beneficial for all of us!

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