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Panic Attacks: Tips To Help You Minimize Them

Jun 27

Panic Attacks: Tips To Help You Minimize Them

Panic attacks can be very scary if you are experiencing them for the first time. You can have feelings like you are having a heart attack, or some other medical problem, and not know what to do about it. This article will give you some tips that will help you when you are having a panic attack.

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Panic attacks and stress are like bread and butter - you tend not to have one without the other. Finding out about all the stress relieving techniques that are available and then testing them out for yourself is a great way to ensure you keep panic attacks on hold as long as possible.

 

Try to look at what is happening to you during a panic attack and focus on reality. Either speak out loud or grab a pen and paper and start to clinically describe the situation at hand. Don't look at anything that is fear-related as it's probably not real anyway. Just focus on your body.

 

During a panic attack you can be overtaken by worrisome "what if" statements, so a great way to get out of that mindset is to change them to "So what?" For example, "What if I fail my test?" turns into "SO WHAT if I fail my test?" Nothing is so bad it's worth suffering over!

 

Panic attacks are terrifying because the person experiencing them has the sudden overwhelming fear that they are going to die. The important thing to remember about panic attacks is that you can control them cognitively. Your brain is taking normal everyday stimuli (a shift in the road while driving, for example), and interpreting them in a fearful way. You can course-correct this fearful interpretation by trying to recall what the source of that stimulus could be. This will reduce your fear and your panic should subside somewhat.

 

If you have panic attacks on a regular basis you should think about increasing the amount of exercise that you get. This can help you to limit the number of panic attacks you have because exercising will actually cut back on how stressed you feel. Stress is often what causes a panic attack.

 

Exercising on a regular basis can help you to control the amount of panic attacks you have. Panic attacks often come from a build up of stress. Exercise has proven to be a great stress reliever and can help to cut back on the number of panic attacks you have.

 

Some people experience panic attacks while driving or riding in a car. Should this happen to you, opening the car windows a bit for some fresh air on your face should help. If it's summertime, crank the air conditioning for a bit which should cool your head and calm your nerves. If you are flying, open the overhead fan all the way to cool yourself and calm down.

 

You have read a lot of advice about panic attacks. It is understanding if they scare you, or you are not sure of the best way to handle them at first. Apply the advice in this article, and you will be able to get a better handle on things when you have a panic attack.