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In this week's podcast we're responding to the following question from our inbox:
"I have been having panic attacks while teaching my students in their music classes lately, and I haven't found a way to quickly calm down without having to excuse myself for a minute or two. Do you have any suggestions as to how to inconspicuously calm down panic attacks in those "front and center of attention" types of moments? Thanks for any help!!"
Key Points from this podcast:
Flower Remedies for Anxiety
Carry Rescue Remedy and spray it into youth mouth before class. Also add some to a glass of water and sip it while you are teaching.
If you worry a lot about the possibility of having a panic attack, or your having those horrible "what if" thoughts, or imagining yourself having a panic attack you could also consider White Chestnut which is the remedy for persistent or obsessive thoughts.
If you're a bit low on confidence and not trusting your abilities in the classroom you might find Larch supportive too.
Accupressure Points for Anxiety Attacks
Use the calm point.
Breathing to Calm Anxiety
Practice trying to relax your body as much as you can and taking slow deep breaths any time you are not speaking - for example, when you are observing students, or listening to them speak practice using that as a time to relax your shoulders and take a few deep belly breaths to stop anxiety building up.
For detailed support, please listen to the full podcast here:
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