Were you aware that the most common symptoms of a panic attack are pains in the chest and an inability to catch your breath? For anybody who is also concerned about their heart health, this can make the onset of a panic attack even scarier. Read the advice in this article for more great tips.
Some processed foods, and many fast food items, can actually trigger panic attacks. I won’t name the company, but there is a type of fried chicken that would cause my heart to start palpitating within 30 minutes of eating it! Stick to wholesome, fresh foods you prepare yourself to avoid an attack.
Don’t fight a panic attack or you’ll end up increasing the adrenaline in your body and making the situation much worse. Remember that this too shall pass and that you just have to wait it out. I like to remember that in an hour I’ll be looking back on it instead of being in the middle of it.
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.
Exercising on a regular basis can help you to control the amount of panic attacks you have. Panic attacks often come from a build up of stress. Exercise has proven to be a great stress reliever and can help to cut back on the number of panic attacks you have.
When you’re in the grips of a panic attack you should try to help others or make them feel great. Offer a compliment, or help someone out, and the resulting warm, fuzzy feeling you get can help to relax your body and loosen the hold the panic attack has on you.
To distract yourself from the panicky feelings that occur during an attack, try progressive relaxation. Tense and release each muscle group from your toes to your head, and try to focus on the sensations in your muscles. This prevents you from clenching your muscles and gives you something relaxing to do as you wait for the panicky sensation to subside.
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.
When you begin to feel anxiety, make sure that you do something. Turn on the TV or start writing in a journal. Do not just sit there and let your symptoms get the best of you. When in doubt, do something to occupy your mind to you can relax a bit.
To summarize, one of the things that you learned is that it is beyond important to know the difference between a heart attack and a panic attack. Not only will this save you a trip to the hospital, but it will help you calm down much quicker. Hopefully this and the rest of the advice in this article has been beneficial to you.