If you find yourself with a need to confront your tendency toward panic attacks, don’t be discouraged by the inherent complexity. So many elements can cause attacks, and not everyone has the same exact symptoms. That makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly what will work from person-to-person.
One way to beat a panic attack is to visualize yourself being outside your body watching what’s happening. Imagine watching as your body stops wheezing, or begins to calm down. This can help your body to literally react to what you see in your mind’s eye, bringing the attack to an end.
When you’re experiencing an attack you can use visualization techniques to help end it. Start breathing deeply and then close your eyes, next focus on each area of your body that is giving you trouble. Imagine yourself being calm, then relaxed, and finally going back to normal, and soon enough you’ll find it has.
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.”ï¿½ 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.
Someone suffering from panic attacks should find some form of exercise that they like doing and do it on a regular basis. It is important for people to realize that there are a lot of stresses that affect their lives. Taking part in exercises that they find entertaining can help relieve some of the panic attack-inducing stress.
Making certain changes to your lifestyle can reduce your risk of having another panic attack. Panic attacks are characterized by surges of adrenalin. By engaging in regular exercise, you can safely burn off any excess adrenaline. Cigarette and alcohol use should be eliminated or severely restricted. Reduce the sugar and processed foods in your diet and eat regular, well-balanced meals. A healthy body and a healthy mind often go hand in hand.
To prevent panic attacks, avoid taking on unnecessary responsibilities that will add to your overall stress level. It is important to be assertive about your needs and your limitations to prevent overloading yourself, which can make panic attacks more likely. Learning to say “no” can go a long way in preventing attacks.
If you’re scared of doing something and end up having a panic attack, do it anyway! Don’t let your fear tell you what you can and cannot do, instead tell IT to go away! Work with what you can do and never with what you can’t, and you’ll find the panic attacks come less frequently.
If you suffer from panic attacks, you are aware when you are on the precipice of experiencing one. The bigger issue though, might be why they are occurring in the first place, and how to make them stop quickly.