Anxiety is worry about worry.
Once we hit anxiety overload, we panic.
When we panic, we run.
Here’s how I faced down anxiety that bordered on panic.
I have a violent reaction to MSG.
I unknowingly ingested it in salad dressing on a flight to a radio convention.
Within minutes my face was red, my heart was palpitating out of control and I was very aware that I was stuck in a tube called an airplane with no ability to get any help.
I knew many people on that flight from Philly to Las Vegas making my anxiety worse.
Do you know what worked for me?
I repeated to myself “I can handle this” over and over.
Almost immediately although the symptoms were still going strong, I felt less anxious and then the symptoms eventually let up.
Reminding yourself that you can handle anxiety is when the help arrives.