To fear or not to fear | I'd like you to imagine the wave as being an anxiety or panic attack. Sometimes the wave will be a slight crest and sometimes it will be larger. Sometimes you'll catch it pretty close to shore, and sometimes you'll catch it further out, making the ride last longer. Now imagine yourself on that boogie board gently riding the waves. Feel the exhilaration and adrenaline rush that come with each rise and fall of the wave. You don't know how high each wave will be until you're on it, you're not quite sure how long the ride will take, but what you do know is that if you allow the wave to carry you, it will always take you back to the shore, the solid ground.
What do you think happens if you fight the wave, if you don't let it carry you? Well, you might fall off the board and have to climb back on it again, you might get stuck in the water and be there for a longer period of time or you might tense up and experience a bumpier ride. Chances are, if you recognize you're on this ride and let the wave carry you, the ride will be shorter, smoother, and less frightening.
The best thing you can do for a panic attack is to R.I.D.E. the wave of panic into shore where it will end.
Recognize | Involve | Distract | End