When dealing with panic attacks, you may realize that it is a tough road to trek through. An attack can be triggered by any number of things, with varying symptoms, depending on the person. This often makes the process of isolating a remedy very complex and confusing.
One important aspect of panic attacks is to learn how to recognize the signs of when a panic attack is coming on so that you can interpret it properly. Otherwise, you will interpret the attack in an even more fearful way, which will make your symptoms worse. When you feel the symptoms of a panic attack coming on, remind yourself, “Oh, this is a panic attack – and these symptoms are psychological, not physical.”
Using tactics to distract yourself during a panic attack can help you calm down faster. Try counting backwards from 100 as quickly as you can. Work on a complex math problem. Turn on the radio, and sing along to a song that you know. Concentrate on eating an apple. Do a crossword puzzle. Anything that requires focus and clear thinking is going to help you take your mind off of your anxiety and channel it into an activity that will help you relax.
Panic attacks can be incredibly scary and feel like you are having a serious health crisis. That is true on a certain level, you can start to relax though once you realize that you are not having a heart attack, nor are you dying. Remembering what is actually happening will help you to relax much sooner.
Concentrate on your navel during a panic attack. Sit or lie down and think about your navel, the center of your body. Your navel feels no tension nor pain and it is your connection to the people you love. Imagine a silver cord going from it to the person you love more than anyone else and then draw their strength through the cord into your body.
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.
There are some causes of panic attacks which are preventable. For example, if no one in your family has a history of panic attacks, then you might want to get tested for chemical imbalances like hypoglycemia or hyperthyroidism. Also, if you are prone to panic attacks then avoid stimulants like caffeine or nicotine which can amplify feelings of panic or anxiety.
Fear is a defense mechanism, so we should not only accept that it’s good to have fear, but acknowledge that we’re happy our brain is trying to protect us when we have a panic attack. The key is to let our minds know that what it fears isn’t really out to hurt us, but thanks for trying.
As a person who suffers from panic attacks, you are aware of exactly what happens when you start having one. The bigger issue though, might be why they are occurring in the first place, and how to make them stop quickly.