- Girls: *buy merchandise*
- Boys: OMFG fake geek girls! You're just doing this to get attention!
- Girls: *don't buy merchandise*
- Execs: We don't want girls watching our shows, they don't buy the merch.
- Girls: *turn out in massive numbers for comic book movie adaptations*
- Execs: We don't need to make more female-lead movies, girls are already turning out for the white men.
- Girls: *don't watch comic book movies*
- Execs: Why would we make a female-lead superhero movie? No one will watch it! Girls don't even like this stuff!
I asked my followers this question, and their answers helped me so much that I had to share their advice.
Everyone will have some form of mental breakdown in their life, so there should be no embarrassment when it does happen. Don’t fear the attack! Or else the panic will only multiply.
Run! The key is to remove yourself from whatever upset you so much in the first place. Listen to white noise sounds like rain or the ocean. Create a safe place in your mind that you can retreat to during your panic attack.
Get comfy! This might mean isolating yourself in somewhere that is safe, whether that is in a fort of pillow or wrapped in a cocoon of blankets.
Focus! Not on whatever started the panic attack. Breathe in for seven beats and out for eleven. Ball up your fists one at a time, rhythmically. Focus on zoning in on one of your senses (in the case of touch, focus on the texture of the clothes you’re wearing). Reminding yourself of your senses will prevent you from having an out-of-body panic experience.
It will pass! No matter how long you think the attack has lasted, it will end (and it won’t be in death). Don’t rush yourself in calming down as this will likely lead to worsening matters.
Medicate! If these steps aren’t helping enough, a last resort is medication. Xanax is great for calming down.
Know your weaknesses! Know what you have to do to keep yourself healthy. If that means exercising, eating more than just ramen, and sleeping for longer, then do it! Wearing yourself thin will only make you more susceptible to breaking down emotionally.
1. Pay attention to what bugs you – it could be telling you something important about yourself.
2. Don’t just live with blah or negative feelings. Decide that you will fight to have a happier life.
3. Don’t change or stifle your personality. You’re valuable and special – so be true to who you are.
4. Pay attention to your physical symptoms. They may be highlighting unresolved frustrations, pain that needs addressing, or deep unhappiness.
5. Notice where your mind goes when it starts to wander. This often gives you insights into wishes, hopes and dreams.
6. Be willing to acknowledge and face your fears as they’re stopping you from going for the life you want to have.
7. Instead of feeling jealous or envious of others ask yourself what is missing from your own life right now.