Dr. Kim Peirano, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine tells Bustle that it is helpful to remember that anxiety can be a by-product of anger, there may be fear present with the anxiety of course, but many times the underlying cause is actually unexpressed anger.
“Think of it like a kettle boiling but with no steam release, the kettle will boil but without the outlet for the excess energy from the heat, the kettle will begin jumping and bouncing around, this is a perfect metaphor for anxiety,” says Dr. Peirano.
“So when we’re in the midst of a panic attack, going against all of our instincts to retreat and shut down, what can be really helpful is to actually move around and release some physical energy,” Dr. Peirano says. This can be some calisthenic movements, boxing moves, going for a run, or anything that gets the blood moving and heart pumping.
There is no doubt that panic attacks are incredibly difficult to experience. But knowing how to reach out for help, and figuring out ways that can bring you relief during in the moment can truly get you on the road to recovery.
Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know is seeking help for mental health concerns, visit the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) website, or call 1-800-950-NAMI(6264). For confidential treatment referrals, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website, or call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357). In an emergency, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or call 911.