If you have ever had a panic attack, you can appreciate how important it is to know how to cope with them – or if possible, prevent them. Here are a few great ways to deal with your panic attacks so that they don’t control you. Get control back with these tips.
One way to beat a panic attack is to visualize yourself being outside your body watching what’s happening. Imagine watching as your body stops wheezing, or begins to calm down. This can help your body to literally react to what you see in your mind’s eye, bringing the attack to an end.
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.
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 feel like you are prone to panic attacks, you should try to avoid to much caffeine and alcohol consumption. Both of these substances have been shown to cause an increase in the chances of a panic attack occurrence. Control the frequency of your attacks with this simple tip.
These days many people turn to medication to help them with their anxiety. There are several medications available that are quite effective. However, they take a while to begin to work. If you begin using medicine, you need to try to stick with the medication for the long haul.
The best course of action during a panic attack is to sit down right where you are and breathe. To perform deep breathing exercises, inhale through your nose while slowly counting to five, making your stomach rise. Then exhale through your mouth as you slowly count to five. Count the number of breathings until you reach ten, as you should start to feel better then.
To prevent panic attacks, avoid taking on unnecessary responsibilities that will add to your overall stress level. It is important to be assertive about your needs and your limitations to prevent overloading yourself, which can make panic attacks more likely. Learning to say “no” can go a long way in preventing attacks.
Breathe slowly. When you have a panic attack, your body goes into panic mode and you might start breathing quick, shallow breaths. Instead, cup your hands and breathe into them or get a small paper bag and do that as well. Breathing in your own carbon dioxide and taking deep breaths will help relax you.
Try these tips to deal with panic attacks. Each one may not work for you, as everyone is different. However, take the tips that work for you and use them as defense against the panic attacks that threaten you. Conquer them and you’ll be able to live your life again.