Leaf curled up representing anxiety and panic attacks

Panic Attacks usually occur when there is a constant background drain of anxiety.  This is often triggered by a particular event or combination of events.  People usually feel powerless to prevent the awful debilitating effects of a panic attack. But far from being helpless in the face of Panic Attacks and Anxiety, there are many ways to quieten and reduce these effects. Fear is a very powerful teacher that can highly motivate us to take dynamic steps to avoid panic attacks Strategies to Reduce Panic Attacks and Anxiety Focussing the…

Turtle swimming in sea

When as children we’re faced with frightening or abusive people or situations that are beyond our ability to handle, often the only way we can cope is by tightening our bodies, holding our breath and turning our attention away to some dream reality. This is called Body Armouring and as children we do this automatically and unconsciously in our attempts to protect ourselves from an abusive outer reality. The greater the level of abuse and dysfunction in our outer world; family, school, peer groups, neighbourhood, the more we…