Hey. I've had similar extreme feelings like this as well. I write now because last night I was jolted awake (from sleep) feeling like my soul was being sucked out of my body. I was floating and confused. I took a deep breath and realized I was sleeping on my back, which is not normal for me. So I turned over on my stomach and fell back asleep.
I think I do not breathe as well on my back, I have woken up gasping for air as if I stopped breathing for a good minute. Maybe a type of sleep apnea. This creates adrenaline and anxiety as well. Just another thing to add to the list.
What I feel helps with all of the anxiety attacks is thinking about what brought me there, and it is usually the thoughts about death. The fear of dying. So, in order to lessen my anxiety for good I am learning to be okay with the thought of dying. It is hard,
I do not want it to happen, being a 26 year old who enjoys her life, but there is also a 100% chance that I am going to die, as with everyone else, and this sureness stresses me the most.
Sometimes I've even feared that If I learn to be okay with dying that right when I accept it, in that moment I will die. Which produces another panic attack and sends me into a tornado of fear and confusion. I think I'm confused because I am in fact, not dying.
I have not died yet and I have experienced many many times where my mind actually believed I was dead. Being alive, that is the biggest fear one could have.
So, I learn to have faith(Strength, courage and hope) that my automatic body functions, like the beating of my heart, are strong and will do there job well into my 80s. Learning to have faith in something, whether it is science, God or the universe helps you trust yourself. Learning to be brave when thinking about dying helps you learn how to actually live.
It is no easy task learning to accept the concept of death but I know people who are brave when thinking of the thought and they seem more free than I could ever be. So I try, I try every day to be brave and to accept the unknown for I understand all my anxiety comes from the fear of death.
Thought this might help someone. Examine your thoughts and face your fears, know that they are just thoughts, do not judge yourself for thinking them, just accept them and question why or how you can change your future thought processes to one of bravery and strength.
Be consistent and do not give up, it takes a lot of consistency to change thought patterns and in order create new leading neuronal pathways. Dig that pathway of health, strength, faith, positivity and you will feel more free.
Good luck to all. 0
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