Nicky's Nuggets to Real Life Stress
The word "panic" comes from the Greek mythology "Pan". Pan was a goat/man who would hide in the woods and secretly scare those walking the trail by shaking the trees and would keep doing as the person would walk faster until they panicked and ran away. Pan got a kick out of these tricks. The folks who panicked and got scared never returned to the woods.
Panic often causes us to think irrationally, negatively, and catastrophically. As a person susceptible to stress, noises tend to startle me as well and I can only imagine that I would have been the one running far away too. Using my signature GPS System to keep moving I would have returned and been more prepared to overcome Pan and his shenanigans. Maybe I would not have gone back to those woods, but would have gone back for a walk to be with nature and been prepared for bushes to be shaken. I would recognize the physical symptoms coming on, the thoughts that I had when the sounds got faster and faster, and the responses that seemed automatic.
The thing about panic is that it is contagious. When a person experiences high anxiety they keep attracting dramatic events that tend to be coming down upon us. Things that happen out of the blue and until the root is pulled out or the thoughts are taken control of it will continue to be a vicious cycle for those all around you. We often self-sabotage our self or those around us with this catastrophic way of thinking and feeling. Once you can gain control, you can then see things from a different perspective and become more grounded.
Stop Pan from chasing you out of the woods by doing the following:
1) Write down the negative events that seemed to unfold as a result of your fears.
2) Rewrite them to be a positive learning experience.
3) Arm yourself with support, technology, back up plans to keep you feeling in control of your thoughts.
4) Suddenly the situation diffuses and it appears to be just like magic. The tides turn and the breeze blows just to cool you off instead of to destroy.
5) Let that past go, focus on being in your present, and prepared for the future, knowing that you can and will learn from everything.
Nothing is a waste, nothing is too painful to learn from, and nothing is permanent. You can and will change your point of view and what you choose to run away from.
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