All You Should Know About Panic Attacks
Are you eager to get your panic attacks under control? Panic attacks are very scary for someone who goes through them, and can afflict a person at any age. Read on for some ways to treat and deal with your panic attacks more effectively.
If you suffer from panic attacks, talking with a counselor can help. These trained professionals are available to help you. If you feel well supported, you will likely have fewer and less severe attacks.
Are panic attacks really inescapable? You control your own emotions!
At the first indication that a panic attack is beginning, right away start to put your attention toward something else. Look at or examine something in the room, say a mantra or engage your mind with a puzzle or brainteaser. Do anything and everything you can to keep your mind busy so it can’t panic. An effective distraction can avoid a full-fledged attack and provide quicker relief.
When you feel that you are about to have a serious panic attack, stop whatever you are doing, sit yourself down, and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe slowly in through the nose into the lower lungs, watching your stomach area rise with each breath. Breathe in to the count of five and out again to the count of five. Try this ten times, you should feel much better.
Talking to a therapist can be very helpful, but even sharing with a friend is good. A counselor will help you to figure out the root cause of your panic attacks and will also provide you with some effective coping strategies.
Remind yourself that this is nothing that you have not encountered previously and that you will survive it intact. Relax, and don’t increase your negative thoughts.
If you can concentrate hard enough to regulate your breathing, you will have an easier time overcoming feelings of acute anxiety. Deep breathing both distracts you from the attack and makes you feel more relaxed. It also helps slow your heart rate and reduces your blood pressure while reducing your overall level of stress.
It’s possible to divert a panic attack. Your feelings and your thoughts should not determine your actions. Rather than acting on your negative, panic fueled emotions, try doing the opposite of what they tell you. It will help minimize your feelings of panic if you exert control, by deliberately choosing to act in a way that is different than what your attack is telling you.
Learn what triggers there are for your panic attacks. When you are nervous about a conversation, it may cause you to enter into panic. Express yourself productively so you won’t have a panic attack.
As you can see, there is a lot to learn about panic attacks. There is no ironclad defense against panic attacks, and anyone might experience a panic attack at some point in their lives. However, you can take control of your life and your panic disorder with a little knowledge. The above advice should put you well on your way to reclaiming your life from panic.