It’s tempting to think that if we are smart enough, if we plan well, we can avoid heartbreak and sadness, anger or pain. The problem is – that’s not the way that we’re built. Emotions are our body’s way of motivating us and communicating with ourselves and others. Despite their usefulness, embracing our emotions doesn’t always seem easy. Sometimes feelings are so intense that it may seem impossible. But, by learning how to navigate through these moments, we can begin to feel more confident and in control.
This is the second video in the series where I'm focusing on what panic attacks are and some things you can do to help yourself get through one. If you haven't already, check out the first video here. Today, I go into detail about what grounding is and why it is a helpful skill to know if you're feeling anxious or having a panic attack.
Last month, I posted a blog about what you can do to help yourself get through a panic attack. I received a lot of interest in this topic, so I decided to start a short video series where I can go into a bit more detail.
Your heart is racing. Your palms won’t stop sweating. You can’t catch your breath. It feels like a weight is on your chest...like you're losing your mind...it feels like you actually...might...die. This is not the first time it has happened, and it has an all too familiar feeling. It’s a panic attack. You want to run out of the room, but you’re sitting in a meeting, checking out at the market, or riding in the car. So, what can you do?
Mindfulness is a hot topic. You may have heard it mentioned in radio commercials, on tv, or even at happy hour. But, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the act of purposefully calling your attention to the present moment without judgement. Its benefits have been well documented. Mindfulness can improve your concentration, reduce anxiety, and decrease racing thoughts. It can also help you to become a more active and aware participant in your daily activities and relationships.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening mental health crisis, please call 911 for immediate assistance. If you are in need of non life-threatening crisis support, please note the following resources are available to you within San Diego County:
San Diego Access & Crisis Line
Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
The Access & Crisis Line is a suicide prevention line, provides mental health crisis intervention services, and provides referrals to mental health resources throughout San Diego. Services are available free of charge and through multiple languages.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego
Available Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
(800) 523-5933 or (619) 543-1434
NAMI San Diego offers a helpline, support groups, education and community outreach to those experiencing mental health concerns and their loved ones. NAMI provides non-crisis phone support and referrals.
NAMI North Coastal
Available Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
NAMI North Coastal provides non-crisis phone support and referrals to those with mental health concerns and their loved ones from Del Mar to Oceanside and east to Vista and Rancho Santa Fe. NAMI North Coastal offers information, advocacy, education, and support groups.
Torie Cueto, LMFT
Torie is a licensed therapist in San Diego, California providing individual therapy for adults both in-person and online.