National Panic Day

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Welcome to National Panic Day, where we throw caution to the wind and embrace our inner worrywarts! This day is all about letting your anxieties run wild and giving them a celebratory pat on the back. So buckle up, because we're about to dive headfirst into a day of delightful panic!

When is Panic Day?

It's national panic day on the 13th February.

What is National Panic Day?

On this auspicious day, we honor the art of overthinking and the science of excessive worrying. It's a day to let that inner voice that's always warning you about impending doom take center stage. So go ahead, listen to the countless 'what-if' scenarios swirling in your mind, because today, they're the stars of the show!

National Panic Day began as an internet sensation that quickly took off like a jittery rocket. It started with a hashtag, as all great worldwide phenomena do, and soon people from all corners of the interwebs were joining in on the fun. It turns out that celebrating panic is contagious! Who would have thought?

How to Celebrate

Now, you may be wondering how one properly celebrates National Panic Day. Well, worry not, we have a few foolproof suggestions to help you fully immerse yourself in the chaos.

  • First and foremost, start your day by checking your horoscope, crossing your fingers, and hoping the stars align in your favor. Or don't. Maybe just stare at the ceiling and contemplate whether or not the universe is conspiring against you.
  • Next, enlist a friend or loved one to join you in a series of panic-inducing scenarios. You can practice misplacing your keys, losing your phone, or even staging a mock emergency. Just be sure to keep it light-hearted and remember, panic with a pal is always more enjoyable!
  • Take a break from the chaos for a moment and treat yourself to a delicious meal. But of course, make sure it's something that won't trigger a sudden bout of food-related panic. No exploding soufflés or fiery-hot spices today, please!

Did You Know?

Did you know that the most panic-filled day of the year, according to our extensive and totally scientific research, is Tax Day? That's right, when it comes to panic, nothing quite compares to the dread of sorting through receipts and trying to decipher forms. So be sure to mark your calendar and stock up on anti-anxiety remedies!

History behind the term 'Panic'


Origins in Greek Mythology

The term 'panic' finds its roots in Greek mythology. It comes from the Greek god Pan, who was the god of shepherds and nature. Pan was known for his mischievous nature and his habit of suddenly appearing in the forest, startling people and causing them to flee in fear. This sudden fright later became associated with the term 'panic', describing a sudden and overwhelming feeling of fear or anxiety.


Connection to Financial Crises

In the late 19th century, the term 'panic' took on a new meaning and became associated with financial crises. The word was first used in this context to describe the Panic of 1893, a severe economic depression in the United States. The panic caused widespread bank failures, stock market crashes, and unemployment. Since then, the term 'panic' has been used to describe major financial downturns and market collapses.


Psychological Understanding of Panic Attacks

The term 'panic' gained psychological significance in the 20th century with the understanding of panic attacks. In 1938, psychiatrist George L. Engel coined the term 'panic attack' to describe sudden and intense episodes of fear or terror. This medical term became essential in recognizing and treating panic disorder, a condition characterized by recurring panic attacks. Today, panic attacks are recognized as a form of anxiety disorder.


Pop Culture Influence

The term 'panic' gained popularity in the 1970s, thanks to the influence of pop culture. In 1978, the British rock band, The Smiths, released their debut single 'Panic'. The song's lyrics and catchy melody resonated with audiences and helped popularize the term 'panic' in a cultural sense. Since then, 'panic' has been frequently used to describe moments of intense excitement, enthusiasm, or urgent action in various contexts.

Did you know?

Did you know that the most panic-filled day of the year, according to our extensive and totally scientific research, is Tax Day?


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First identified

9th March 2015

Most mentioned on

13th February 2021

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