Being able to pinpoint exactly what does, as well as, what does not bring on a panic attack, is key in being able to prevent them. You can’t prevent something from happening if you don’t know the cause of it. Taking steps to reduce anxiety will help you eliminate panic attacks from your life.
Use a distraction to help you forget about panic attacks. Focus on the sky, recite a poem or think of a math problem to solve. Whatever you can do to take your mind off the feelings of anxiety is a good idea. The point is that your mind cannot focus on these other things and whip up a full-blown panic attack at the same time, so you can divert the attack, as long as you keep your mind distracted with something else.
Isolating yourself will only exacerbate the feelings that lead to panic attacks. A good support system can help you overcome panic disorders. Having good and dependable friends are your greatest asset.
When you feel a panic attack coming on, prepare yourself. Instead of resisting the symptoms, allow them to happen and pass. Disconnect yourself from the feelings of anxiety and panic, and try to observe them as if at a distance. Breathing is important. Try to breathe slowly and deeply, as short breaths can yield stress and anxiety. At some point you will start to burn off the adrenaline and that will lead to you relaxing more.
Schedule your time to the most minute details, like brushing your teeth and fixing your hair. For ever greater precision, see how long each task takes and put that in your scheduling program. You will able to better tell what your day can bring and prepare yourself for it.
Take slow, deep breaths in order to pass through the attack. Not only does deep breathing keep your mind occupied and relaxed, it also lowers blood pressure and pulse, boosts circulation and eases tension.
If your stress levels are rising, take the time to talk to an understanding person. Just listening to the sound of someone’s comforting words, or having a distraction from your overwhelming feelings of anxiety can help to relax you. It is even better if you find someone to give you a hug. Human touch can be very reassuring and will help you feel calm and secure.
Armed with the information in this article, you can now manage a panic attack, get your confidence back, and start to enjoy life once again. Anxiety disorders and panic attacks affect millions of people, but by applying the right techniques, they can be dealt with.