Well, you’ve decided to tackle your panic attacks. That’s great news! However, there is so much to research that you may not know where to begin. Don’t stress, because you have come across some great tips for easing your panic attacks! Here are some tips that can help to keep you calm when trying to, either, treat or avoid panic attacks.
Panic attacks are terrifying because the person experiencing them has the sudden overwhelming fear that they are going to die. The important thing to remember about panic attacks is that you can control them cognitively. Your brain is taking normal everyday stimuli (a shift in the road while driving, for example), and interpreting them in a fearful way. You can course-correct this fearful interpretation by trying to recall what the source of that stimulus could be. This will reduce your fear and your panic should subside somewhat.
Remember that medication is only a part of the plan. If you use medication to deal with your anxiety, it is important that you also keep talking to your friends and family about how your regiment and problems are going. Always stay one step ahead of your anxiety and 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.
A great technique when you have a panic attack is to visualize yourself as a bird. Fly through the blue, clear sky on the wind until you reach a beautiful meadow. Fly into the meadow and through the grass, watching it sway in the breeze. When you concentrate on all the details you’re seeing you’ll forget about the panic attack altogether.
Count how long your panic attack takes to end, and then write the information down. Continue to keep a journal and watch as your panic attacks get shorter and shorter. As you learn to apply specific tips you’ll see that not only do your panic attacks shrink in duration, but also get farther apart.
If you have had a panic attack before, it is important not to dwell on the feelings from that attack. While these attacks are admittedly unsettling, thinking about an attack can cause some people to have another one. If you are having anxiety from a panic attack, treat those thoughts the same way you would the attack itself and practice some relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
Hopefully, you are feeling much better after reading these tips to help you to remain strong in the presence of a panic attack. That was quite a bit to read, but you now have seen, just how you can effectively treat or prevent your attacks. Besides that, you can always return to this very list if you have forgotten anything.