Panic attacks, if not treated, can take a toll on your overall well-being. Use the following advice to overcome your fear of panic attacks.
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.
If you can control the rate of your breathing, you will have a better chance of controlling panic attacks. Controlled breathing will make you more cognitive of what is going on with your body and in the environment, as well as work to reduce the level of intensity of the panic attack. Deep, even breaths are the most effective for calming a panic attack.
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.
When you feel a panic attack coming on, try breathing into a paper bag, or cup your hands around your mouth as you breathe. Breathing too quickly can actually cause you to take in too much oxygen, which contributes to a lightheaded, panicky feeling.
Do not try to hide your panic attacks from friends and family members. It is important for your loved ones to know what is happening to you. Having someone to confide in can also prevent attacks in the first place, especially if you can head one off by picking up the phone.
After a panic attack, you will feel particularly anxious. That is why it is important that immediately after your attack you try to relax your body in several ways. You should try to implement steady breathing and full breathing to help relax your body and steady your heart beat.
A fun visualization technique when you’re having a panic attack is to become a leaf falling from a tree. Float to the ground slowly, swaying back and forth, and land gently on the ground. Let the wind blow you through the forest and focus on everything you fly past on the ground.
Breathe slowly. When you have a panic attack, your body goes into panic mode and you might start breathing quick, shallow breaths. Instead, cup your hands and breathe into them or get a small paper bag and do that as well. Breathing in your own carbon dioxide and taking deep breaths will help relax you.
While it’s a long and drawn out process treating panic attacks, in the long run, your life will be improved. Keep in mind that you can find out how to handle your stress in ways that will not hurt yourself. Therefore, take control of your stress by discussing it with your doctor, researching and using the tips from this article in order to eliminate your panic attacks.