It would be nice to avoid a panic attack all together. Unfortunately, panic attacks are a reality for many. The reasons can vary. No doubt, it would be a great comfort to reduce, if not, avoid any attack! Below are some suggestions others have found helpful in coping with this condition, please read on:
To help you get through a panic attack it’s important to work on your breathing technique. Grab a paper bag or cup your hands and then breathe slowly in and out while covering your mouth. This will help you relax and your panic attack should pass and end very quickly.
The Internet makes finding panic attack support easy. A support group will help you talk about the problems you are going through and you will be able to hear how other people deal with their panic attacks.
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.
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.
Ask your friend if they can meet you to talk in person. It can be a very quick and effective aid to reduce your anxiety.
When you are feeling a bit of anxiety, it is important that you do not sit down. When you sit down, you relax your mind, which will allow it to dwell on what you fear. Try to keep moving your body around. This will allow you to keep your mind occupied in a way.
If you are beginning to feel some stress and feel a panic attack coming on, cup your hands and put them over your nose and mouth as you breathe. This action will simulate the action of breathing into a paper bag but is a lot more discrete.
Don’t just listen to music when you’re having a panic attack, get up and dance! Dance is a great way to exercise and get rid of the adrenaline absorbed by your body, ending your attack in a most enjoyable way. If you know that you get to dance when you have an attack you won’t feel so scared about it!
If you sense an impending panic attack, try and find somebody to talk with, if at all possible. Hearing comforting words from other people will help you to relax. Physical comfort, like a hug, works even faster. There is healing in human contact that is a valuable way to promote feelings of safety and calmness.
Okay! Now, you have some suggestions that others have found helpful! Use the information that would apply to you! Don’t lose heart! Unfortunately, others have panic attacks too, but many have learning how to reduce, it not, avoid an attack. Perhaps, this will be true of you too!