Panic attacks cannot hurt you physically, but they can distress you both mentally and emotionally. The following article contains tips on how you can treat panic attacks and better deal with stress.
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.
Try to look at what is happening to you during a panic attack and focus on reality. Either speak out loud or grab a pen and paper and start to clinically describe the situation at hand. Don’t look at anything that is fear-related as it’s probably not real anyway. Just focus on your body.
As you experience a panic attack, you should focus on your feelings and write them down in a journal. You must focus on your REAL feelings, not fears of what might happen to you down the road. Keep to what you feel right now, and how you think those feelings relate to your pre-attack state.
If you have panic attacks on a regular basis you should think about increasing the amount of exercise that you get. This can help you to limit the number of panic attacks you have because exercising will actually cut back on how stressed you feel. Stress is often what causes a panic attack.
Have you ever NOT gotten out of a panic attack? You control your own emotions!
When you are in the throes of a panic attack, try not to fight the feelings that come over you. Fighting only increases your adrenaline and makes the attack worse. It’s better to accept the feelings and remind yourself that they will pass, even though you are uncomfortable at the moment.
Learn as much as you can about panic attacks. This could be the key to your handling of them. Make sure you learn as much as you can about the possible causes and how to deal with them. The more information you have, the better able you will deal with a panic attack when you have one.
Count how long your panic attack takes to end, and then write the information down. Continue to keep a journal and watch as your panic attacks get shorter and shorter. As you learn to apply specific tips you’ll see that not only do your panic attacks shrink in duration, but also get farther apart.
A great way to keep track of your panic attacks is through an emotion journal. Write down how you feel, your physical reactions, how long it’s been since your last attack and how long it lasts. If you ever feel like this panic attack is different and it’s going to be your last, check the journal! I bet it’s not different at all.
It can be hard to live with panic attacks, but the good news is that they are treatable with a little hard work. Speaking with a professional is always the best method to understand and deal with your panic attacks in a safe, healthy manner. Use the above tips to eliminate your panic attacks.