It's typical for people to develop some butterflies in the stomach when they're in a huge crowd and in an open space. You would become very nervous if you're not used to it. However, it's a totally different thing if it happens all the time. Whenever there are plenty of people, you suddenly freeze, and your heart starts beating really fast. You can not keep your focus straight, you're sweating profusely, and you feel like you're going to hyperventilate. If you talk, you're going to stutter.
If this is you, then you're suffering from agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is defined as a mental anxiety disorder. It is a phobia characterized by an intense fear of being in an open and usually crowded space. A person with agoraphobia feet less in control of his or her environment. He or she thinks that there's no other way out just in case something bad happens.
There are plenty of reasons why a person develops agoraphobia, but normally it has something to do with traumatic experiences. You might have been embarrassed by a lot of people, or you might have experienced a terrible attack while in a public area, such as a restaurant or a school. If not, you witnessed someone experiencing something really bad while in these open spaces. You may have forgotten about these experiences, but they are manifesting themselves by panic attacks whenever you are in an open space.
Using Affirmations to End Agoraphobia
If you're suffering from agoraphobia or any panic attack, you're actually prescribed by your physician to take certain medications. However, if you're going to be fully dependent on the drugs, you may become dependent on them. That's why you need to combine both alternative and conventional treatments. One of the ways on how to deal with agoraphobia is through subliminal messages or affirmations. Here's an example on how you can use them:
Listen to a series of affirmations or subliminal messages designed to beat agoraphobia. You would know it because they may contain lines such as the following:
I am not afraid to be with people.
I am confident being in open spaces.
I am bigger than my fear of people and public spaces.
You can download these subliminal messages and keep them in your mp3 player, or you can watch videos. You just need to do these things regularly, because you need to put them into your subconscious.
While you're listening or watching, you can do your visualization. You can imagine yourself being in an open space and surrounded by a lot of people. Imagine them welcoming you into their gathering. Feel their love and support while you're being surrounded by them. Another exercise is to go back to root cause of your fear or panic attack. This time, think of it in a positive way. For instance, if you have been embarrassed, you can visualize yourself receiving a lot of accolades from your audience.
You can practice affirmations and visualizations all by yourself, but if you need some help, do not be afraid to approach a therapist.