Being Carjacked when you don’t Own a Car

You just woke up. As a matter of fact, you have been woken up. It is here again. The shortness of breath. The heartbeats are so fast. You think to yourself,” I definitely will need hospitalization this time.”

The following day at work, a colleague of yours shares what happened to her the night before. She had just gotten into her car after a lovely family gathering, when a young man dressed in black opened the driver’s door, pointed a gun to her head and asked her to step out of the car. Your colleague previously believed that she had no problem knocking an attacker down. This time, however, she experienced a new sensation. Her heart was racing, she could hardly breathe, and her palm was sweating. She literally froze. She could neither attack nor get out of the car and run. Luckily for her, there was a police car nearby were two policemen who saw the incident and arrested the carjacker.

Both you and your colleague experienced similar physiological symptoms. The only difference is your colleague can relax after the stressful; the hazardous event has passed. On the other hand, you are experiencing those intensive physiological symptoms as if you are being carjacked when you don’t even own a car.

This is just one of the symptoms of GAD (General Anxiety Disorder). You are tired of it. Now you are anxious about being anxious. It is a vicious cycle that doesn’t seem to ever end. Your close ones may not understand the intensity of your anxiety. This is because the majority panic only when they are put in a situation when panicking will actually do more help than harm.

The number one question that you are probably thinking right now is,” will this ever end?” The answer is YES! Make now your turning point.

Dealing with Anxiety

It may not come as a surprise that anxiety is the second most common mental disorder following depression. While anxiety doesn’t directly lead to death, its effects are devastating (more about the effects of anxiety on Healthline). Below are my top tips for dealing with anxiety:

  1. Get Moving: If you are lying in bed, and you get a panic attack, get out of bed immediately and start walking around the house. By doing so, you reassure your brain that everything is alright, and there is no danger. Additionally, you distract it from panicking.
  2. Schedule Anxiety Time: You can’t think straight or get on with your daily activities because your anxious 24/7, and the thoughts just keep coming. You need to literally STOP your thoughts and schedule anxiety time. What this means is that you will dedicate 15 minutes a day or a week (depending on how anxious you are) for negative thoughts to ventilate.
  3. Relaxation Techniques: These tools are essential if you are suffering from anxiety. You need to learn relaxation techniques. Believe me, they do wonders. One of the most straightforward relaxation techniques to do is breathing one. The picture below illustrates how you can breathe in a way that would restore your body to a state of calmness:


You have more control over your body than you think you do! You just need to know-how.


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