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.
When you are in the throes of a panic attack, try not to fight the feelings that come over you. Fighting only increases your adrenaline and makes the attack worse. It’s better to accept the feelings and remind yourself that they will pass, even though you are uncomfortable at the moment.
Focus on what is really happening during a panic attack. Make sure you know that you are not in any danger, and you are just having a panic attack due to your nervous system being over-stimulated. This enables you to view the attack as less injurious, bringing about a measure of calmness, and may shorten the severity and duration of the attack. Panic attacks can be surprising and downright scary, and this type of thinking will start to calm you down.
The feelings that you are having during your panic attack will not harm you. They may be very unpleasant but try to understand they cannot harm you, only your actions can. If you feel like you have to get away and run and do not take that action, then this will help you defeat the feelings. Take control of your body and remember your actions are what hurts you.
When experiencing a panic attack you should use deep breathing techniques, but not for too long at one time. Do ten deep breaths and then wait ten minutes before you start again. Spacing them out will help to keep your body relaxed and the panic attack away for the rest of the day.
Calm, measured breathing techniques are a great way to get through a panic attack. Taking deep breaths is useful for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is because it takes your mind off of the panic attack itself and has natural physiological effects that counter the stress that comes with a panic attack, like helping to decrease your pulse and releasing relaxing hormones.
It is imperative that a child is helped to relax as soon as a panic attack begins so that it will last as short of a period of time as possible. Talking a child through the panic attack is important. You should try to take their focus off of the attack itself and focus their attention to something else. Asking questions, playing music, or simply having them look at pictures may help.
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.