One of the scariest things happened to me—I had a panic attack for the first time and it happened at work. As in a heart wrenching, breath losing, and eye twitching…in front of everyone!!!! Sigh.
Here is how it happened…
On my 29th birthday, I was on a bus headed to LaGuardia Airport when I received an email from Tanesha Awasthi, the blogger behind Girl With Curves because she chose to accept my offer to be interviewed for the Wonder Woman series. This was a BIG moment for me because I’ve been following her blog and business ventures for years. The next day I started typing away preparing to publish the piece when my chest started to beat abruptly and I felt short of breath for a few brief seconds. I paused for a moment and continued on. The next day, I met with a brand rep to plan for an upcoming collaboration. We swapped ideas, sipped coffee, then said our goodbyes. As soon as I stepped outside my head started throbbing. The more I walked, the more it hurt. This went on for the next 12 hours so my Saturday was a bust. I woke up headache-free and super thankful because I had several industry events to make it to throughout the day. Several boutiques, two meet-and-greets, and a fashion show later I met up with my wife to run errands. When we finally made it to our last stop, I decided to wait in the car—that’s when it happened again, but this time my heart was beating so fast, I could see my chest move, and for quite a while I couldn’t move at all. When she returned to the car several minutes later, I could speak but the rest of my body felt too heavy to move. So she took my purse and phone, that were still in my hands, and then hugged me until it passed. It was my wife who recognized the signs and told me I was having a panic attack. Until then, I felt like I was just losing my mind.
- A balanced body is a happy body. (easy part) As things got busier and busier I stopped taking care of my body so no wonder it stopped taking care of my brain. For this I added back daily multivitamins, protein shakes, yoga, and I’m sticking to a sleep schedule. Multivitamins aren’t created equally so I recommend doing your homework before adding them to your daily routine. With all the tasty, sugary and carb-filled temptations surrounding us it can be a challenge to eat enough meat so I supplement with whey protein. My favorite right now is Designer Whey Natural 100% Whey Protein in vanilla. Yoga for beginners can be intense and intimidating but, Adriene of Yoga With Adriene breaks each movement down so well that any novice can get started with ease. I stopped watching TV in the bedroom and put on a sleep mask before getting in bed. This change has made me sleep deeper at night and my mornings are less rushed.
- Self-inventory is ALWAYS necessary. (hard part) My character traits are very much in line with my Leo sign and I reside in the pleasure house. Because I despise doing anything I can’t find pleasure in, procrastination and I have a LONG and unhealthy relationship. I first noticed this when I had a English paper due and I waited until the night before to do the reading, writing, and typing. Then it happened—my computer crashed, I lost the work, and had to stay up all night redoing it. I found myself nursing a sinus infection for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, this same sort of procrastination spilled over into my 9 to 5. As I reflected, it became obvious I was sabotaging myself at work. Now I’m committed to doing the daunting tasks first because avoidance causes me intense stress, panic attacks, and frequent urination.
- De-clutter Your Mind. (even harder, yet very doable) Taking time to unwind and unplug is hard for everyone, but it is ESPECIALLY HARD for bloggers, but it can be done. If you pre-plan content and shoot in advance you can automate some tasks and get away from it all without anyone noticing. During my time off I enjoy listening to Bossa Nova, Native American flute music, laying around at the local beaches, reflexology massage, binge streaming, and mani-pedis with friends. No matter what you enjoy be sure to protect your down time and give yourself a chance to re-charge by signing out of apps, email, and putting away everything work related.
Anytime you’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed remember…You’ve survived 100% of your worst days so far!
I want to cry, laugh and celebrate with you! So tell me, what got you through the worst days in your life?Hey Girl, Hey! I’m Dāsha Guyton, an award winning Lifestyle Blogger and Wardrobe Stylist based in Hyde Park, Chicago. More importantly, I’m a body positive warrior and self-love advocate on a mission to help you curate experiences and a wardrobe you love. To get to know me and this blog better start here. You can also find my styling advice here on the blog and featured in every issue of Modest Truth Mag. Enough about me, let’s connect on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.