Panic attacks often get worse as time goes on, creating a very worried and frustrated victim. More people are turning to psychiatrists for help. Below are some tips that can help you to find relief when treating panic attacks on your own.
To help you get through a panic attack it’s important to work on your breathing technique. Grab a paper bag or cup your hands and then breathe slowly in and out while covering your mouth. This will help you relax and your panic attack should pass and end very quickly.
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.
When you have a panic attack sit down and figure out how it’s making you feel at the moment. On a scale from one to ten to rate your feelings. Wait for a while and then rate your anxiety again. Continue until your anxiety is back to a 0.
Change your environment when you feel a panic attack coming on. When you start feeling those familiar feelings, walk away and go to another location. Removing yourself from a situation might be enough to calm you down. Simply leaving the space where the panic attack began could disrupt the panic attack altogether.
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.
It is important that you understand that panic attacks and anxiety attacks are a part of life. They are not something that you should feel embarrassed about. Everybody feels anxious about some things. It is important that you understand this so you can communicate how you feel to others in a stress free environment.
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.
You are now able to see that this medical condition is stressful and in major need of treatments and medications. Understanding the situations that lead to your panic attacks is the first step in learning how to deal with them effectively. With the help of these useful tips, you can begin to find relief, and possibly permanent solutions, for the anxiety problems you face.