More people than ever are suffering from panic attacks. It’s not just that they suffer the attacks, but they aren’t sure what to do about them. Information is vital to those who have these attacks, and people must know how to handle these attacks. Here are a few excellent ways to deal with panic attacks.
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!
In order to limit the number of panic attacks you have you should only choose the foods you consume carefully. Foods that are overly processed can cause the blood sugar to spike which can lead to a panic attack. If you keep your blood levels regulated it can help you to not experience as many panic attacks.
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.
It’s a scary thing to see your child having a panic attack. The first thing that you should do is to try to get them to slow their breathing down. Many anxiety attacks consist of rapid breathing. You child may not be able to gain their composure without the help of your guidance.
Create your own panic attack mantra to help you get over the feelings of fear. “I am an amazing person who can deal with everything!” is mine. I like that it’s short, easy to say, and I can really get into the feeling of it. Create your own and repeat it out loud to beat that attack!
Counselors can play a pivotal role in helping to reduce your panic attacks. Their job is to help. Simply having someone in your corner and there for you will reduce your level of anxiety and panic.
When you are having a panic attack think about the reason you’re having one. What have you eaten today? Who did you spend time with? What were you thinking about just before it happened? Once you feel better, try to write down everything that might have affected your state of mind and led up to the panic attack and then narrow down the reasons.
These tips can be invaluable when a panic attack is in progress and how to prepare for a panick attack before it happens. It’s necessary for anyone who suffers from panic attacks to learn all they can about the panic attacks themselves so they know how to behave when they have one.