Panic attacks. What are they and how will they affect me? That is a question that many individuals will ask in their lifetime, and answers are not always easy to find. Panic attacks affect different individuals in different ways, and there is not one sure fire therapy that will help all. A few methods are more likely to provide some level of relief however, and in this article we will discuss them.
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.
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.
Every bad feeling passes sooner or later, so try to keep that in mind when you’re in the throes of a panic attack. Focus on what you’re going to do when it’s over, like reward yourself with a treat or take a nice, long nap. Really concentrating on the good thoughts will cancel out the bad ones.
If you understand how breathing can change your mood, you can control your anxiety. If you lengthen or slow down the speed of your exhalation, your body and mind will begin to relax. If you slow down the speed of your inhalation, you will stimulate your body and your mind.
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.
Many people who suffer from panic attacks or panic disorder are finding relief through cognitive-behavioral therapy. In fact, studies show that as many as 80% of patients receive substantial relief from their symptoms as a result of the strategies they learn through this technique. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you understand the cause of your attacks and teaches you ways to alter or eliminate the negative behaviors and thought processes that lead to attacks.
Panic attacks feel different for each person, to know if you suffer from them, here are some common panic attack symptoms: hyperventilation, dizziness, heightened or irrational fear, chest pain, an erratic heartbeat, rising heat in your face, impaired vision, and tingling in your extremities. While each person experiences panic in a different way, knowing the signs of an oncoming attack can help you to prepare yourself.
Panic attacks are scary events for anyone who has ever experienced them. They are often difficult to understand, almost impossible to diagnose, and extremely tricky to cure. There are a few methods which can bring a level of relief to any individual though, and in this article we have discussed them. Use them wisely and you will likely see an improvement in your quality of life.