December 31, 2020 | Panic Attacks | No Comments
Not much is known about panic attacks and many people aren’t convinced they exist until they have one. It can be difficult to know what you can do about them, but here are some solid steps you can take to make sure you can handle these attacks when they occur.
While it’s difficult to think clearly during a panic attack, there is a simple tactic you can use to lessen the severity and duration of the attack. By splashing your face with cold water, your body automatically responds to what is called the “dive reflex.”� This tricks the brain into thinking that you are going underwater, and it sends messages to the body to slow down your heart rate and restrict blood flow to your extremities, allowing you to breathe easier and feel calmer.
If you are prone to panic attacks, it is helpful to discuss them with a health professional. Otherwise you are liable to feel vulnerable to terrifying feelings of impending doom or death at any time. Take the time to talk with a mental health professional about your attacks to see what kinds of treatments you find effective.
Pretend you feel great when you have a panic attack. Say out loud that whatever is bothering you is just fine. For example, “My heart is NOT fluttering! It’s beating perfectly and smoothly and I am so thankful for that!” Rotate around your body and truly believe in the words you say and they’ll come true in short order.
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.
If you’re feeling a panic attack come on, do something! Wash the dishes, take a bath, go for a long walk, but make sure you do something that either burns up your excess energy or helps to calm you down. Take the long walk and then follow it up with the long bath!
Understand a panic attack. When you better understand a panic attack and the symptoms, the better you will be able to cope with it. The simple answer is – you cause it. Anxiety causes strange body symptoms, and a person reacts to those symptoms by becoming more and more anxious. You can become so overwhelmed that it causes a full blown panic attack. By addressing the initial anxiety and understanding what is happening, you can take control and avoid getting to the point of a panic attack.
If the worries that bring on your panic attack are about others not liking you, consider whether or not there is anyone on Earth who everyone truly likes. In all likelihood you won’t know a single person who has no enemies, so remember that YOU’RE not the problem, the haters are!
Having a panic attack can be a bit scary, but when you have the tips above, it can be a little easier. Make sure to try each step when you have an attack to see which method works best for you. Find one that helps and finally feel a little better.