I felt a little fluttery, I was nervous. No reason, just sitting about working.
But I couldn't ignore the feeling in my chest...
I've had this feeling several times. I try to ignore it, sometimes I just go with it and make it worse. Never have I sat with it and tried to figure it out.
I've only experienced it mindlessly.
I took a moment, following my intuition. Took a break, pressing two fingers against my carotid, counting the beats. Even before I was done I knew the quickness.
I knew the count was off...
Resting Heart Rate...96.
Now let me first clarify that my normal resting heart rate is a textbook 60. All. the. time. 36 extra beats in a minute...averaging 9 extra every 15 seconds. More than a little alarming to me.
The panic, the anxiety. It made sense. I knew that feeling physically, now I had acknowledged it mentally.
That awareness was empowering, if not altogether calming. I saw the starting line rather than just taking off at the notice of it. A (not so quiet) awareness of it was all I needed. And then I just went with it. I let my heart race. I reminded myself that there was nothing going on that needed to alarm me. That it really was "all in my head". I breathed deep and evenly and s-l-o-w-l-y.
Before I knew it the feeling had subsided, I had calmed my nerves and all was right in my little world.
In the comments below, I'd love to hear from you...
*Have you experienced a panic attack before?
*Have you successfully dealt with averting one? How?
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