Dealing with panic attacks can be frightening when you do not have the proper coping mechanisms in place. By using the tips ahead, you can find ways to be preventative in your daily activities and avoid creating anxious feelings. Knowing how to handle the negative feelings that cause attacks is as important as managing yourself during an attack.
Check out the Internet and see if there is a nearby support group for panic attack sufferers. It is always a great relief to share details of your attacks with people who understand, as they are battling with it themselves. They may also have helpful hints on how to deal with panic attacks that you are not aware of.
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!
When you have a panic attack sit down and figure out how it’s making you feel at the moment. On a scale from one to ten to rate your feelings. Wait for a while and then rate your anxiety again. Continue until your anxiety is back to a 0.
Keep in mind as you have a panic attack that everyone has problems, and that everyone has an off day. Even the rich and famous have negative situations, and their’s are plastered on the front of papers around the world! Nothing is so bad that it’s worth letting yourself get worked up over it. Channel that energy into solving problems instead.
A great way to keep track of your panic attacks is through an emotion journal. Write down how you feel, your physical reactions, how long it’s been since your last attack and how long it lasts. If you ever feel like this panic attack is different and it’s going to be your last, check the journal! I bet it’s not different at all.
If it is possible at all, get them to come by and sit with you for a while. Doing this can really expedite you in feeling better faster.
Borrow an idea from the airlines by breathing into a paper bag when you are feeling panicked. Not only does this act help to distract you from your panic attack, but because of the increased amount of carbon dioxide in a closed area like a bag, the air you are breathing will relax you faster.
Remember when you are having a panic attack the feelings that you have are normal. They are just being expressed in an exaggerated form. Do not think that you are going to die from them or they will harm you. Try your best to remain logical about the situation.
There will always be situations that cause stress for most people. Some are more prepared to handle these moments. When you feel that your worries are catching up with you and creating a mind-set for anxiety, try to relax and reflect on the things you have read here and find your way through calmly.