How not to panic on World Panic Day

Whether it is the pressures of modern life or the unexpected curveballs that come our way, World Panic Day is a reminder that everyone experiences panic at some point and that's okay.

18 Jun 2024 09:00am
Photo for illustration purposes only. - 123RF
Photo for illustration purposes only. - 123RF

Did you know that there is a World Panic Day? It is celebrated on June 18 each year.

This day was created to raise awareness about the often-overlooked issues of panic and anxiety.

Whether it is the pressures of modern life or the unexpected curveballs that come our way, World Panic Day is a reminder that everyone experiences panic at some point and that's okay.

But how do you keep your cool when the world around you seems to be spiraling?

Here are some fun and practical tips to help you stay calm and collected on World Panic Day:

1. Breathe deeply – It's science!

When panic sets in, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode and your breathing becomes rapid and shallow. To counteract this, practice deep breathing exercises. Inhale slowly through your nose for a count of four, hold for four and exhale through your mouth for another count of four. This simple technique can help reset your nervous system and bring a sense of calm.

2. Laugh it off

Laughter is truly the best medicine. Watch a funny movie, read a hilarious book or call that friend who always makes you laugh. The act of laughing releases endorphins, which could reduce stress and improve your mood instantly. Plus, it is hard to panic when you are busy chuckling.

3. Move your body and dance like nobody's watching

Physical activity is a fantastic way to combat panic. Whether you prefer yoga, jogging or just a good old dance party in your living room, getting your body moving can help release tension and distract your mind from anxious thoughts. Put on your favourite tunes and dance away the panic.

4. Create a Zen Zone or personal oasis

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Having a calm and peaceful environment can make a world of difference. Dedicate a space in your home where you can unwind. Fill it with things that make you happy like soft pillows, scented candles, plants or calming music. Whenever you feel panic creeping in, retreat to your Zen Zone for a few minutes of relaxation.

5. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about staying present in the moment. Engage in activities that require your full attention, like cooking a new recipe, painting or gardening. By focusing on the task at hand, you could quiet the anxious chatter in your mind and find peace in the present.

6. Stay connected – Lean on your support network

Isolation could amplify feelings of panic, so make sure to stay connected with friends and family. Reach out to a loved one and talk about your worries or simply enjoy a casual conversation. Sharing your feelings can lighten the load and remind you that you are not alone.

7. Limit your caffeine

Caffeine can worsen anxiety and cause jitteriness. Try to limit coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages intake. Opt for herbal teas or water instead. Your nerves will thank you.

Remember, World Panic Day is not about encouraging panic, but rather about acknowledging it and finding healthy ways to cope with it.

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you might be able to transform panic into peace and face life's challenges with a calm and collected spirit.