Panic attacks are terrible, uncomfortable moments. They can be even worse if you don’t have any plan for dealing with them. Once you’ve had one, you never want to have one again; still, it’s a good idea to plan for the future. Here are some good ways to deal with panic attacks.
Using tactics to distract yourself during a panic attack can help you calm down faster. Try counting backwards from 100 as quickly as you can. Work on a complex math problem. Turn on the radio, and sing along to a song that you know. Concentrate on eating an apple. Do a crossword puzzle. Anything that requires focus and clear thinking is going to help you take your mind off of your anxiety and channel it into an activity that will help you relax.
Consider imagining yourself as a boxer when you have a panic attack. Create a monster in front of you that is made up of all your bad feelings and stress. Now, beat the heck out of him. Knock off his arms, legs, eyes, antennae, and every part of his body until he’s nothing but a lump of goo on the ground.
Consider picking up, “You Can Heal Your Life”, by Louise Hay and find out what the symptoms of your panic attack are telling you. The book describes each symptom and how your brain can cause it to show you that there is something going on in your life, like the fact you’re not able to discuss your feelings openly.
When you begin to feel an attack coming on, you should try to dis-empower the attack. Tell yourself over and over that your attacks have never caused any harm to you and panic attacks have never hurt any one else. Tell yourself that it does not mean anything at all.
Many people who suffer from panic attacks or panic disorder are finding relief through cognitive-behavioral therapy. In fact, studies show that as many as 80% of patients receive substantial relief from their symptoms as a result of the strategies they learn through this technique. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you understand the cause of your attacks and teaches you ways to alter or eliminate the negative behaviors and thought processes that lead to attacks.
Keep in mind that you have experienced this before, and nothing terrible happened. Do your best to relax and think good thoughts, since negative thoughts can worsen your anxiety.
It is imperative that a child is helped to relax as soon as a panic attack begins so that it will last as short of a period of time as possible. Talking a child through the panic attack is important. You should try to take their focus off of the attack itself and focus their attention to something else. Asking questions, playing music, or simply having them look at pictures may help.
Use these tips the next time you have a panic attack, and see which method works best for you. No one wants to have panic attacks, but knowing what you will do if you have one can provide some relief and comfort. Panic attacks can be uncomfortable, but if you have a plan in place they can be bearable.