Panic attacks can appear completely out of the blue. The symptoms associated with an attack can be quite terrifying, leaving the sufferer completely confused as to what is happening to him. Panic attacks are part of suffering from an anxiety disorder, so here are a few things that you should know about this affliction.
A great way to keep panic attacks at bay is to exercise on a regular basis. This will help to keep your body healthy and your mind balanced. It will also burn off adrenaline which can cause an attack.
If you are prone to panic attacks, it is helpful to discuss them with a health professional. Otherwise you are liable to feel vulnerable to terrifying feelings of impending doom or death at any time. Take the time to talk with a mental health professional about your attacks to see what kinds of treatments you find effective.
Some people experience panic attacks while driving or riding in a car. Should this happen to you, opening the car windows a bit for some fresh air on your face should help. If it’s summertime, crank the air conditioning for a bit which should cool your head and calm your nerves. If you are flying, open the overhead fan all the way to cool yourself and calm down.
An excellent exercise to try during a panic attack is to move in slow motion. Perform every action with deliberate thoughts and in the minutest detail. Slow down all of your movements and try to slow down your breathing as well. Concentrate on what you’re doing to the point that you hear nothing else.
During a panic attack, one of the worst things you can do is yo allow the symptoms to get the best of you. Instead of struggling against the symptoms, simply allow them to run their course. Try and imagine or visualize the sensations flowing around your body, rather than physically through it. Use deep breathing to calm and distract yourself. Take slow even breaths, and try to remain calm. As you relax, the adrenaline rush will dissipate.
One thing that may help you feel a little better about your anxiety and panic attack is to understand that everyone at one point in their life will experience some sort of panic attack. Whether it be a mild or chronic attack, everyone will experience the fear and panic that is anxiety.
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!
Panic attacks are nothing of which to be ashamed. Nor are they something that you should attempt to hide from your friends and family. By using the tips above, you can now seek medical assistance and emotional support so that you can move forward and learn how to control this disorder when it strikes.