Overcoming Panic Attacks –
The Natural Way
Overcoming panic attacks can become easier with time and knowledge. The key is to spot the signs symptoms of panic attacks so you can take charge and nip it in the bud. This article contains tips for panic attacks.
To win, you first need to know signs of panic attacks. You then learn what triggers you to help in preventing panic attacks. Then, you need to know what to do after a panic attack.
Signs symptoms of panic attacks
It may come on quickly, or it may take time to build. My panic attacks would always begin with a thought (such as, there’s going to be a fire in this building and I’m going to be trampled to death on the way out). Then, the fear reaction to that thought – beating heart, rapid breathing, weak knees, trembling hands. If I didn’t catch it in time, these symptoms would build in intensity and it would feel like the world would cave in on me until I was about to black-out. Desperate, I would run outside and catch my breath, feeling defeated that “the fear” had got me again.
Tips for panic attacksAt some point during the panic attack, you WILL have a thought of “this is a panic attack”. If at any stage you DO think this, then it is most likely that it IS a panic attack. So you’ve identified it. You’re halfway there already! The next step is to know that there is nothing inherently dangerous about a panic attack. It will pass. You just need to give it a few minutes. So be patient while the panic does its thing. Then, just as quickly as it comes, it will leave. Imagine yourself closing and locking a door behind it. I found this simple visualization very valuable when overcoming panic attacks.
Preventing panic attacks (triggers)
Many people experience panic due to certain triggers. Common triggers include phobias (dogs, spiders, flying), crowds, small spaces, wide spaces, public speaking, just to name a few. In short, whatever causes you anxiety has the potential to trigger a panic attack in you. You can’t live the rest of your life by avoiding these triggers. You need to learn to live with them. I know it sounds hard, but if I can do it, so can you. Believe me, my life was completely controlled by anxiety less than 10 years ago. Now I have control of anxiety, and my life! Life is not meant to be feared. That is not normal. Life is meant to be LIVED.
After a panic attack
I used to get so embarrassed after a panic attack. But here’s the kicker: unless you say something, nobody will notice. And even if you do say something, 90% of the time STILL nobody will notice, unless you say something really crazy. Even then, it’s likely the person you say something to is somebody you love, and who cares for you. So they won’t judge you.
Many people view a panic attack as a defeat. But it’s not - it’s actually an opportunity to exercise your strength and determination. Here, the universe has presented you with an obstacle, and if the panic attack is over then you have WON.
Even if it was a really bad panic attack, it is OVER. You will never have that exact panic attack again.
When I used to have panic attacks, I would always find myself a quiet spot afterwards to have a cup of tea and ground myself. By far, grounding is the best exercise when overcoming panic attacks.
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