"The only way of breaking the power of lies, is knowing, and speaking, God's Truth"

 

Judith MacNutt, Co-Founder, Christian Healing Ministries, Jacksonville, FL

 

Anxious/Intrusive Thinking.

Panic Attacks.

What to do 

When anxious or intrusive thoughts occur

Changing our attitude and overcoming unwanted intrusive thoughts, from Dr's Sally Winston and Martin Seif:

  • Label these thoughts as "intrusive thoughts."

  • Remind yourself that these thoughts are automatic and not up to you.

  • Accept and allow the thoughts into your mind. Do not try to push them away.

  • Float, and practice allowing time to pass.

  • Remember that less is more. Pause. Give yourself time. There is no urgency. 

  • Expect the thoughts to come back again

  • Continue whatever you were doing prior to the intrusive thought while allowing the anxiety to be present.

 

Try Not To:

  • Engage with the thoughts in any way.

  • Push the thoughts out of your mind.

  • Try to figure out what your thoughts "mean."

  • Check to see if this is “working” to get rid of the thoughts

YouTube video teaching from Dr's Winston and Seif: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5FcpiRxLCg

When panic attacks occur

1) Pause

2) In thought or word, slowly and gently, proclaim: "No sweat. Just some normal anxious thoughts and feelings. They're yours God. Thanks for taking them"!

3) Breathe in and out, slowly and deeply, 5 times, focusing your conscious attention on the breath.

4) Sense living:

  • find five things you can see  What are you looking at? What does it look like?​

  • find four things you can touch. Touch them. What do they feel like?

  • find three things you can hear.  What do you hear? What do they sound like?

  • find two things you can smell? What scent can you smell?

  • find one thing you can taste? What does it taste like?

5) Breathe in and out, slowly and deeply, 5 times, focusing your conscious attention on the breath.

6) Resume normal activities.

 

CONGRATS!  You now have a TOOL!  Just knowing this, will lead to less PA's in the future

Two Christian healing ministries where you can speak/pray with someone over the phone:
The Evangelism Response Center: (800) 634-2462
The Prayer & Crisis Referral Network: (877) 800-PRAY
Three Christian healing ministries where you can submit an online prayer request:
Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida,  the International Order of St. Luke the Physician in San Antonio, TX, or the The Inheritance House in Orlando, Florida
 
National mental health Christian support groups
The Grace Alliance
 
National Helplines/Lifelines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org
 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

To contact Christian Mental Health Ministries
Phone: (352) 234 - 6097                email: info@christianmentalhealth.net

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