A panic attack can happen at any time so it is important to know how to deal with a panic attack. Our past can have a hold on us because our mind attaches meaning to events in our past and interprets those events based on many filters like our beliefs and emotions. We need to revisit our past to review it otherwise we could end up being run by our past.
We end up living in a reactive world based on our thinking and patterning from the past. For instance in response to events where we experienced panic attacks. To break this cycle requires a conscious effort to review our responses, our emotions, thoughts and feelings. We need to learn how to reflect and notice ourselves in the moment. This gives us new choices.
The cost of not challenging our inner belief systems can directly affect ourselves and those people close to us, sometimes causing significant damage. To change our patterns it is important to find new meanings and develop new stories from those early life events.
Whether our old stories are true or not they run us and chase us into the future until we get help and the courage to bail up those narrations and challenge their authenticity. By reviewing the meaning we attach to past events we give ourselves a chance to rewrite our past. More importantly, we can choose a new way of being now.
Imagine you could rewrite history, not by changing the events by by changing your emotional response, changing perspectives and the meaning you attached way back when. Even better taking your inner resources of today to help the past you. Narrating your past from a different place.
Developing the skill of using different narratives for our experiences gives us the possibility to choose appropriate and meaningful perspectives in support of strengthening our internal resilience.
The “new” narrative approach builds our resilience muscles by developing our internal capacity to change our thinking in the middle of a panic attack. To be most effective we need to develop the discipline to strengthen our practice of self-reflection.