Not much is known about panic attacks and many people aren’t convinced they exist until they have one. It can be difficult to know what you can do about them, but here are some solid steps you can take to make sure you can handle these attacks when they occur.
Participating in deep breathing a few times a day can help keep your body relaxed and free from panic attacks. Start by breathing through your nose to your stomach on a slow count of four, and then breathe out through your mouth for four. Increase to five, six, and beyond as you can.
Talk with a counselor about your panic attacks. A counselor’s sole purpose is to help you find a solution. If you feel well supported, you will likely have fewer and less severe attacks.
Realize that feelings are just feelings and that they can’t harm you while you’re having a panic attack. Stand still for just one minute and let the feelings drain out of your body. Try to blank your mind out and then replace those bad thoughts with positive ones about the people you love.
Keep in mind as you have a panic attack that everyone has problems, and that everyone has an off day. Even the rich and famous have negative situations, and their’s are plastered on the front of papers around the world! Nothing is so bad that it’s worth letting yourself get worked up over it. Channel that energy into solving problems instead.
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.
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.
If you have had a panic attack before, it is important not to dwell on the feelings from that attack. While these attacks are admittedly unsettling, thinking about an attack can cause some people to have another one. If you are having anxiety from a panic attack, treat those thoughts the same way you would the attack itself and practice some relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
Remember when you are having a panic attack the feelings that you have are normal. They are just being expressed in an exaggerated form. Do not think that you are going to die from them or they will harm you. Try your best to remain logical about the situation.
Having a panic attack can be a bit scary, but when you have the tips above, it can be a little easier. Make sure to try each step when you have an attack to see which method works best for you. Find one that helps and finally feel a little better.