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A Latina Documented Her Panic Attack And Women Rallied To Support Her

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s clear we’ve never needed a spotlight on this day of observation more. As many of us continue to shelter in place and follow stay at home orders, face unemployment, and the stressors of extended isolation, it’s clear we’re all in need of a little support of our mental health.

To do her part in spotlighting this issue, actress Laura Alemán shared her own experiences with mental health.

In a post to her Instagram account, Alemán shared a video of herself going through a panic attack. In the video, Alemán appears inconsolable and upset. Soon after her post, we asked our users “Have you ever experienced a panic attack? What was it like for you? What are some tips that help you when going through one? If you don’t feel comfortable talking about it, we understand. Sometimes people don’t even know they are going through a panic attack.”

In response, Latinas spoke up and out about their own experiences with anxiety and depression and we’re so grateful

And so many of you gave helpful advice based on your own learning experiences.

“I like to do the 5-4-3-2-1 method as I feel it rising. In the past I would burst into them even during Yoga, now with journaling I can read over my thoughts and just let them out really. Sometimes make a chart of what is and isn’t in my control. Then looking at things as this is how it is and how can I work within this new reality.” –sunshinesmileluv

Some of the tips have even included regulating hormones and seeking professional help.

Two years ago I developed panic attacks that became more and more frequent with each day. I wasn’t able to sleep because I would get them when I was asleep. I went to the ER because I thought there was something wrong with my heart. I felt chest tightness and shortness of breath. I felt like I was always on the verge of passing out. All of the medical exams revealed there was nothing wrong with me. That was when I had to accept it was psychological. Funny thing is I studied and researched anxiety during grad school. I understood the neurobiology of stress, and anxiety from an academic standpoint. But it is something completely different experiencing it first hand, and there is no way to understand it just by reading it in journal articles and textbooks. I kept thinking of the HPA-axis, how the amygdala must be overactive and initiating a cascade of signaling molecules from my hypothalamus, pituitary gland, to my adrenal glands in order to release powerful hormones e.g. epinephrine and norepinephrine. Cortisol is released which facilitates a surge of glucose to course through my blood stream in order to prepare my body for “fight or flight”. Once this happens, there’s no stopping it with breathing exercises, you just have to ride it out and know it will pass. At first all I wanted to do was calm myself down and out of it, control it with my mind. But I couldn’t stay still, I had to move. So instead I started to run, I ran as fast as I could to release the energy my body was giving me once the panic attack would hit. This helped me immensely! And the episodes became less and less frequent in a week. But that wasn’t all I had to do. 
I started searching within myself for triggers. I started reading books, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle was a godsend. I stayed away from coffee and anything that was overstimulating. I hope this helps. I have way more to share so if anyone needs to talk about it, DM me.” – ninastrada

Some tips also include grounding yourself in reality.

Panic attacks vary due to the person but for the most part, look like this. A tip I can offer is grounding: see 5 items, touch 4 things, hear 3 different sounds, smell 2 things and taste 1 item. This can help you distract yourself from what you were thinking about and focus on the task in hand. Hugging herself can also help. If you don’t have a pet, you can use a stuff bear/animal.”- cyn_la_malcriada

And others shared that mental illnesses can lead to other physical problems.

“I used to get what my family and I diagnosed as “minor asthma attacks” that we dealt with at home. I had been told by a doctor that stress could trigger my asthma but he didnt understand why someone as young as 12 (at that time) could get “stressed” and chalked it up to sugary and fatty foods because I was a chubby kid. Years later I was made to realise I had serious anxiety, my panic attacks were then causing the asthma attacks. Awareness is necessary, misdiagnosing and downplaying these things causes further problems. Appreciate her bravery.”-ecolina5210

K-Pop Stans Took Over #WhiteLivesMatter On Twitter Completely Shutting Down The Hashtag

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K-Pop Stans Took Over #WhiteLivesMatter On Twitter Completely Shutting Down The Hashtag

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K-Pop is both one of the most popular and most polarizing music created. It has made a global impact with fandoms everywhere. However, sometimes you just can’t get on Twitter without seeing the videos of K-Pop flooding popular hashtags and discussions. The latest K-Pop Twitter takeover was something everyone could get behind.

K-Pop completely shut down a social media party of #WhiteLivesMatter.

Black Lives Matter protests have cropped up around the world and they don’t show any sign of slowing down. They continue to grow in size and the protest has gone international with protesters fighting for American Black lives. In response, some people tried to make #WhiteLivesMatter a thing on Twitter but K Pop fans shut it down quickly.

K-Pop stans really came through in an unexpected yet obvious way.

K-Pop stans are a force to be reckoned with. They are loud and large in numbers and when they want to be seen and heard on Twitter nothing can stop them. They are very engaged on social media and they came out to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Imagine wanting to go to #WhiteLivesMatter to legitimately see something and then seeing K Pop everywhere.

There was some choice speculation about the reaction of #WhiteLivesMatter supporters watching their hashtag get derailed.

Alt-right Twitter users have been using this tactic for years attempting to derail all progressive and unifying social media movements. The sudden reversal in the dynamics of social media manipulation is something we should all be celebrating thanks to the fast-acting K Pop fans.

Not only did K-Pop fans take over the hashtag, Twitter even classified its ranking within K Pop.

That’s what you call success. #WhiteLivesMatter was stunted in its original mission of trying to lessen the Black Lives Matter protests demanding racial justice. There has long been a group of people trying to take attention away from Black Lives Matter under a cloak of caring for all people. Some have even claimed that it was racist to say Black Lives Matter because it somehow minimizes other lives.

Black Lives Matter is not trying to say other lives do not matter. What it means is that Black lives are under attack and they need to matter to society. There is a crisis of unarmed Black people being killed by police for no reason and it has to stop. It is a crisis that has needed attention for years and the death of George Floyd coupled with COVID-19 has catapulted it into the forefront of the American consciousness.

Even people who don’t listen to K-Pop got in on the fun.

Honestly, it is a remarkable thing to see. Twitter users coming together for a common goal of silencing what was being called a racist mobilization on Twitter.

People loved to see it all happen.

Anything that can bring people together is something we should celebrate. The world is fighting to protect the lives of one community that has been over-policed and disproportionately attacked by police. The movement has grown to now include more people both online and offline.

Maybe it is the isolation, but people are very grateful for this moment in social media history.

Black Lives Matter organizers are giving it everything they have. They are fighting to keep people organized in the fight against racial injustice at the hands of police officers. It seems they have support and backup from all sides.

READ: Meet the Korean-Mexican Hearthrob Topping The K-Pop Charts

FIERCE LGBTQ Couples Are Sharing How They Met And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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FIERCE LGBTQ Couples Are Sharing How They Met And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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As we highlight Pride month, we wanted to share beautiful stories of LGBTQ+ love. To do so, we recently asked our FIERCE readers on Instagram to tell us how they met their partners and the results were not only hilarious but deeply inspiring.

Love is love and we love this kind of love.

Check it out!

The old slide in trick.

“I slid into the DMs.” – joanacanna

On their start to being ~educated latinas~

“My girlfriend and I met at the end of our first year of law school. She would say that I curved her for a few months before we became close. Almost three years later, we are both attorneys and looking forward to where life takes us.” – legalricanmujer

These two lovers who met while pushing for a joint interest

“We met in boot camp! 10 years ago (we’ve been together 2 /1/2 years, married 1 yr.” –hey_itsaj18

Chicas who started out on the same path and stuck together.

“We met in Nursing school we graduated together. That was 4 years ago, she’s a psychiatric nurse and I’m a geriatric nurse.” – m_a_r_i_a__j_o_h_a_n_n_a

They found love in a pandemic place.

Love in the time of Corona, thanks to Hinge!” – bienvenidarealidad__

Turns out the internet is the ultimate matchmaker.

“On the HER app. The same day she liked my profile she ended up coming into my job. I saw her but she didn’t see me. I ended up messaging her that night when I got off of work & we have been inseparable ever since. 3 years later and everyday I fall in love with her over & over again.” – _yourfavoritepoet_

And this is the most hilarious one of all.

“My wife @chulaworldand I were both seeing the same guy (total 🐶) …… so when we found out about each other we met up! And we have LITERALLY been inseparable ever since. Married on 4/20/19.” –bunuelitas