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When Hyperventilating, Don’t Panic!!

23 Jan

We found this comment about using guided imagery for panic and anxiety on Amazon, and we’re posting it here, because it’s not just a ‘testimonial’; this writer offers encouragement to stick with the process, even when you don’t feel like it, and about how you can use these techniques in public without being obvious.  

“During a time of great turmoil, including radiation therapy, loss of job stress, etc., with a history of anxiety and panic attacks, including medications tried, this (imagery for panic) has literally saved me.

“You have to keep working at it- try listening to parts of it at least two to three times a day, until you can do the techniques on your own when you’re experiencing anxiety or panic.

“The simple, soothing breathing techniques are extremely helpful and beneficial. It also has helped with sleeping problems. I often listen to it on my iPod and do the techniques as I'm falling asleep, too.

“It’s worth a try and worth the money. It should be titled “Panic Attacks and Anxiety”, though. It also has several techniques on it in case one is better than another for you, such as affirmations, guided imagery, etc. and the music is very nice.

“All of them work for me. I have tried yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture as well but the great thing about this is you can practice the techniques anywhere, anyplace, any time you feel panic or anxiety without fuss or being obvious. In some cases you may have to slip away to a private place for a few minutes, but it requires little effort.

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award