Adopt new healthy habits that helped get my body back into a more balanced state. So that I could calm down enough to start to practice step 2.
In those moments of panic and stress, getting close to a panic attack. I would STOP and realize that I have survived every single scary symptom, sensation and panic attack up to this point. Why would this time be any different? Why would I not survive through this one?
Instead of choosing to react with FEAR, I decided to ALLOW and ACCEPT the feelings, in fact, I even DARED them to do their absolute worst that they possibly could. Breathing properly at the same time.
Do you know what happened?
Nothing..... no panic attack, because I did not react with fear and remember fear creates more fear and panic.
At that moment, I was able to break "the anxiety cycle"
It took practice, it didn't happen overnight, and there were many setbacks.
But this was the way I started overcoming anxiety naturally, doing exercises and meditating.