How You Can Prevent Panic Attacks
Panic attacks. What are they and how will they affect me? That is a question that many individuals will ask in their lifetime, and answers are not always easy to find. Panic attacks affect different individuals in different ways, and there is not one sure fire therapy that will help all. A few methods are more likely to provide some level of relief however, and in this article we will discuss them.
By paying attention to the rate of your breathing, you can better cope with your panic attack. Additionally, controlling your breathing will lessen the degree of intensity you experience with a panic attack. Try to take deep, even breaths.
If you begin to feel panic attacks when you are in high pressure situations like public speaking events, then you should try to understand that the situation is only temporary and that life goes on. As you get placed in more situations like these, you will become more relaxed and happy.
When you are having a panic attack think about the reason you’re having one. What have you eaten today? Who did you spend time with? What were you thinking about just before it happened? Once you feel better, try to write down everything that might have affected your state of mind and led up to the panic attack and then narrow down the reasons.
When you are in the midst of a panic attack, try your best to combat your symptoms. Instead of trying to fight off the panic attack, understand what is happening and react accordingly. Rather than letting the panic attack go through you, imagine that it is going around you. Above all, make sure you keep your breathing under control. Breathe slowly and evenly for a count of 4 for both the inhalation and the exhalation. This adrenaline will eventually burn off and you may feel more relaxed.
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!
Cool down your body by placing wet towels on your forehead, neck, arms, and torso. This can help slow your heart rate and bring your panic attack to a swift end. It will also help you to relax as you focus on each towel and how amazingly it’s cooling your skin.
Choose a soothing mantra to repeat when you are having an attack. Know that this type of feeling is just momentary. Tell yourself to stay calm and don’t lose control.
Panic attacks are scary events for anyone who has ever experienced them. They are often difficult to understand, almost impossible to diagnose, and extremely tricky to cure. There are a few methods which can bring a level of relief to any individual though, and in this article we have discussed them. Use them wisely and you will likely see an improvement in your quality of life.