Tip #18: When feeling panicked, tense and flex then relax your muscles.
The why: Because when you flex your muscles, you look really good.
One of the main causes of a panic attack is a sudden rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins, putting you into fight-or-flight mode.
Your survival instincts are kicking in, releasing hormones that make you ready to fight off any predator (or run really, really fast in the direction opposite to the danger).
However, most of the time when experiencing a panic attack, as previously discussed there are no huge predators lurking around. The predators are the ones in your mind; the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of pain.
With no obvious danger, the adrenaline has no release. It’s not like you’re going to start hitting the power point presentation projector in that big meeting (no matter how much you may want to), or literally run away from an interview (or perhaps you would). With no outlet, your anxiety builds and builds into a panic attack.
To relieve this tension and stress in the system, tense your muscles really hard, then relax them.
Try moving up the body; tense your feet, then your shins, then your thighs, then your
behind, then your stomach, then your back, then your shoulders, then your arms, then (if you’re super impressive like me) waggle your ears.
You could even do it to the rhythm of your favourite song!
Tense. Flex. Relax. Feel good.