Did you know that many of those who experience panic attacks call emergency services because they are unaware of the attack symptoms. This is important to know because if you know the facts about panic attacks, you will not only free up emergency service lines, but will also be in the best position to overcome the attack.
During a panic attack you can be overtaken by worrisome “what if” statements, so a great way to get out of that mindset is to change them to “So what?” For example, “What if I fail my test?” turns into “SO WHAT if I fail my test?” Nothing is so bad it’s worth suffering over!
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.
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.
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.
If you let the symptoms of your panic attack overwhelm you as they’re occurring, it will only increase the severity of the attack. Go with it and let it happen, rather than attempting to fight it. Visualize the sensations flooding around and then away from you in a detached way. Most importantly, remember to breath deeply and consciously. Breath slowly and relax yourself as much as possible. In a very short period of time, the adrenalin will pass and relaxation will envelop your body once more.
If you are prone to panic attacks, you know that complete avoidance of panic-causing situations is not always possible. Learn out of body techniques to remove yourself from the situation and allow you to view it as if you were watching television. What would you tell yourself to do? How would you provide comfort? Often placing yourself in the role of mentor or guide trying to help someone else deal with panic issues will get you through the worst situations.
To summarize, you know now how important it is to learn as much as you can about panic attacks. Use this guide as something to refer back to if you ever have any questions about panic attacks in the future. Ideally, you will be able to use this information for yourself or anybody who experiences this condition.