If you have ever had a panic attack, you can appreciate how important it is to know how to cope with them – or if possible, prevent them. Here are a few great ways to deal with your panic attacks so that they don’t control you. Get control back with these tips.
Some processed foods, and many fast food items, can actually trigger panic attacks. I won’t name the company, but there is a type of fried chicken that would cause my heart to start palpitating within 30 minutes of eating it! Stick to wholesome, fresh foods you prepare yourself to avoid an attack.
No matter how much a panic attack makes you want to run and hide, DON’T. Stand up to your fear and stay right where you are. Once you realize that every time you don’t run nothing happens your brain will start to figure out that the fear thing isn’t working, and it won’t be able to take you over anymore.
To cut down on the amount of stress that someone feels they should increase the amount of exercise that they do. Stress is one of the leading causes of panic attacks. If someone can rid their lives of stress, they will be able to have less panic attacks and enjoy their lives more.
Work through your panic attack by disempowering it. Remind yourself over and over again that the attacks have never hurt you and don’t have the ability to do so. Tell yourself that you know what it is and know that it will pass. Remember that it is only sensations you are feeling, that sensations are harmless, and that you have the power to overcome them at will.
When you’re having a panic attack you should try to play the opposites game. If you feel like running, stand still. If you feel like crying, start to laugh, Continue to do the opposite of the actions you feel you should be doing and your body will start to relax and get over the attack.
Search out a friend when you’re having a panic attack and start talking. Talk about all the things that are great in your life, how happy things make you, or even what truly is upsetting you. The more you get out the better you’ll start to feel, and the attack will pass.
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.
Consider doing something exciting when you have a panic attack, like rock climbing! This will put your adrenaline to good use while also showing you that you’re able to do something terrifying without ending up with any negative repercussions. What a great way to show your fears that you’re the boss of them, not vice versa!
Try these tips to deal with panic attacks. Each one may not work for you, as everyone is different. However, take the tips that work for you and use them as defense against the panic attacks that threaten you. Conquer them and you’ll be able to live your life again.