Panic attacks can be overwhelming and downright terrifying. Picture a sudden, gripping feeling of fear and/or helplessness that can last for several minutes, accompanied by physical symptoms like a pounding or racing heart, tingling or numb hands, sweating, dizziness etc. I have had several over the years and to this day, trying to explain to someone how it takes over is quite difficult. I have learned how to cope and bring the calm back from the chaos. The “fight or flight” response occurs when you’re actually trying to avoid a situation that will bring about anxiety. I remember watching in June 2000, Soul Food series and Nicole Ari Parker played the role of Terri Joseph. She suffered with anxiety attacks and the episode helped to shed some light on many women who battle with these symptoms daily. Meditation is a an awesome coping skill. At first, it can be hard to get to a place where you can quiet all the noise around u and focus in on your breathing. It will help to start off with a guided meditation. Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey have a great website for meditation http://www.choprameditationcenter.com You can also search the web for other guides like YouTube etc. I have found that aromatherapy is helpful as well. Essential oils like lavender, peppermint and cinnamon are just a few examples. I had a gratitude journal and as insignificant as it may sound, writing down a list of things you are thankful for draws you closer to feeling at ease. Today was one of those days. I experienced anger then anxiety followed by sadness. You have to allow your emotions, feel what you feel and then recognize it is just a bad day. There is always tomorrow with new opportunities and outcome.