Many people do not realize it, but panic attacks are a common occurrence. Those who experience panic attacks are faced with moments of fear and anxiety. This can be scary, but with a bit of help, you can get through a panic attack. The following article contains tips that you can use to work through a panic attack.
Panic attacks and stress are like bread and butter – you tend not to have one without the other. Finding out about all the stress relieving techniques that are available and then testing them out for yourself is a great way to ensure you keep panic attacks on hold as long as possible.
If you are prone to panic attacks, it is important that you try to limit the amount of stress that is present in your life. Stress is the main cause of panic attacks. Try doing things that you enjoy and have not done in a while to find something that makes you happy.
Panic attacks are terrifying because the person experiencing them has the sudden overwhelming fear that they are going to die. The important thing to remember about panic attacks is that you can control them cognitively. Your brain is taking normal everyday stimuli (a shift in the road while driving, for example), and interpreting them in a fearful way. You can course-correct this fearful interpretation by trying to recall what the source of that stimulus could be. This will reduce your fear and your panic should subside somewhat.
If you can control your breathing and slow the rate down, it’s possible to deal with your panic attack. By controlling your breathing, you can actually reduce the severity of the panic attack. The way to best manage these attacks is to take deep breaths.
When you have a panic attack sit down and figure out how it’s making you feel at the moment. On a scale from one to ten to rate your feelings. Wait for a while and then rate your anxiety again. Continue until your anxiety is back to a 0.
If you’re feeling a panic attack come on, do something! Wash the dishes, take a bath, go for a long walk, but make sure you do something that either burns up your excess energy or helps to calm you down. Take the long walk and then follow it up with the long bath!
Pick up a self-help book on panic attacks. Remember to read each word as you come to it, focus on understanding each sentence, and then each paragraph. Go back over the words until you really feel confident that you know what the author is saying.
Borrow an idea from the airlines by breathing into a paper bag when you are feeling panicked. Not only does this act help to distract you from your panic attack, but because of the increased amount of carbon dioxide in a closed area like a bag, the air you are breathing will relax you faster.
Keep calming thoughts and positive dialogue going within yourself when having a panic attack. Remind yourself that the feeling is temporary and will be over soon. Remember that you won’t lose control of the situation.
When experiencing a panic attack you should use deep breathing techniques, but not for too long at one time. Do ten deep breaths and then wait ten minutes before you start again. Spacing them out will help to keep your body relaxed and the panic attack away for the rest of the day.
As stated before, panic attacks are common in people. People can experience moments of anxiety and fear during an attack. Use the tips from this article to work your way through a panic attack and keep any future ones under control.