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.
While you’re in the middle of a panic attack it can truly feel like you’re dying, but it’s important to remind yourself that you aren’t and that this is just a feeling, not a true medical problem. The more you can control your thoughts during an attack, the shorter the attack will be.
One important aspect of panic attacks is to learn how to recognize the signs of when a panic attack is coming on so that you can interpret it properly. Otherwise, you will interpret the attack in an even more fearful way, which will make your symptoms worse. When you feel the symptoms of a panic attack coming on, remind yourself, “Oh, this is a panic attack – and these symptoms are psychological, not physical.”
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.
Have panic attacks ever killed you? You are in charge of your body and mind, not the other way around.
Give yourself permission to have a panic attack when you’re in the middle of one. Don’t beat yourself up or make yourself more upset just because of the way you’re feeling right now! Let it be OK and know that you’ll make it through unscathed just as you always have before.
Determine what the triggers are for your panic attacks. Do you have a panic attack every time you turn in a project at work? Do you have a panic attack late at night after you’ve seen a scary film? By figuring out situations that seem to bring these attacks on, you can learn to avoid them and hopefully the attacks too.
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.
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.
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.