If you are a panic attack sufferer, you already know how awful having these attacks can be. But, what can you do to help reduce panic attacks and their symptoms? In the following article, this question will be answered so that you can rid your life of panic attacks and be happier.
One way to decrease the symptoms of a panic attack is by correcting your posture. During a panic attack, people tend to cross their arms and draw their legs up tightly against their body. It is a naturally protective position, but it tends to restrict breathing, which can increase the severity of your symptoms. Try to be aware of your posture during a panic attack. Stand or kneel, if possible. This allows you to breathe more evenly and calm down more quickly.
Consider taking yoga classes or practicing it at home to help relax your mind and stretch out your body. It’s a great way to get your blood pumping without adrenaline in it, and it can also center you so that your mind forgets everything that is troubling or worrying it.
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.
Create your own panic attack mantra to help you get over the feelings of fear. “I am an amazing person who can deal with everything!” is mine. I like that it’s short, easy to say, and I can really get into the feeling of it. Create your own and repeat it out loud to beat that attack!
In the middle of a panic attack, visualize a peaceful scene. It may be hard to do this at first, but with a little practice you will be able to ride out a panic attack by visualizing a peaceful place and allowing yourself to relax until the panic attack subsides.
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.
If you understand how breathing can change your mood, you can control your anxiety. If you lengthen or slow down the speed of your exhalation, your body and mind will begin to relax. If you slow down the speed of your inhalation, you will stimulate your body and your mind.
As was stated in the beginning of the article, anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how awful these attacks are. The most effective way to combat panic attacks is to become educated in the subject so you will know what to do the next time you have one.