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 cannot prevent an attack if you don’t understand what is causing it.
- As soon as you feel the panic start to set in, distract yourself. Find something in the room to focus on, sing a favorite tune (silently, if in public), or try reading a book. Find a way to think about anything other than the sensation of panic. This will calm you down and prevent the attack.
- When you are having a panic attack, it is important that you not let the symptoms overwhelm you. Don’t add stress to the experience by trying to fight it, but rather try to focus on something more relaxing. Visualize the panicked feelings as flowing past you instead of through you. Breathing is important. Try to stay calm and take long, slow, deep breaths. Slow and measured breathing will help you calm down gradually.
- Talk about your symptoms with a therapist. Seeing a therapist can help you to understand the triggers that caused your panic attacks and give you tips on how to avoid them in the future.
- Hearing comforting words from other people will help you to relax. A friend or a sympathetic member of your family can often prove beneficial. If you can find someone to hug you, that is even more effective. Human touch can be very reassuring and will help you feel calm and secure.
- Another way to cope is to transfer that rush of energy into a task that needs doing. If you use this energy to make your home clean and orderly, it will help your overall state of being. This helps you burn energy, and it helps you clean your house.
- Try to find panic attack support groups around you online. You will be able to meet people with similar issues and spend time with them. A support group is going to help you go through the process of fighting your stress.
Make sure that you take advantage of the information that has been made available to you in this post. When you follow these tips, you may be able to do away with your panic attacks completely. If you do get an attack, the information that has been given should help you to decrease the intensity and the extent of your panic attack. Take good care! ~Arlinda~