Trying to find a solution for your panic attacks can seem like a never-ending hunt for a rare treasure. It many ways it is actually like that. After all there are various treatments and medications out there to choose from. This article contains some advice to help you “get a jump” on your hunt.
Find something you really love to do and then, engage in it when you’re having a panic attack. Choose something that is meditative, like gentle yoga or knitting, so that you’ll get lost in it and forget what is happening to your body. Make sure you’re able to do this whenever an attack hits.
Become the person you need to be to beat panic attacks. If you want to be a confident person, imagine you are. If you want to have more control in your life, BELIEVE that you have complete control. Whenever you feel the opposite way stop what you’re doing, clear your mind of the bad thoughts, and remember you are the person you want to be.
Remember that medication is only a part of the plan. If you use medication to deal with your anxiety, it is important that you also keep talking to your friends and family about how your regiment and problems are going. Always stay one step ahead of your anxiety and panic attacks.
When you are having a panic attack think about the reason you’re having one. What have you eaten today? Who did you spend time with? What were you thinking about just before it happened? Once you feel better, try to write down everything that might have affected your state of mind and led up to the panic attack and then narrow down the reasons.
If you want to lower your anxiety and learn to deal with your panic attacks, your first step should be to determine what your triggers and symptoms are. When you have this down, you will know when a panic attack is coming on, allowing you to prepare in advance. This will be a big help with whatever anxiety-fighting strategies are employed.
If you know someone prone to panic attacks, try and be a mindful of situations that you know may trigger an attack and avoid them. If you sense your friend or loved one is about to go into a panicked stage, speak in calm tones and distract them while you casually remove them from the situation.
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 you are feeling particularly stressed out, it is important that you try to eliminate from your diet certain stress causing things. Sugar and salt are two things that you should try to limit in your diet so that you do not have to battle so hard with your anxiety.
Accept you’re having a panic attack, then concentrate on the symptoms, act to stop each one by one, and then repeat the steps until it’s over. It’s the same way you’d tackle and problem, and it will become much easier as time goes on. The harder you work on beating your affliction, the less often you’ll have to battle it.
When you have a panic attack it can be hard to stay positive, but it’s important to literally expect the best to happen. Expect that it will end quickly, that you’ll come out unharmed (you always do!), and that you’ll be able to work on your triggers so it doesn’t happen again. This small shift in thinking can be enough to get you through a little more easily.
Do not allow the fact that you may experience a panic attack increase the likelihood of it occurring. You won’t be harmed by a panic attack, so keep that in mind. It helps to reflect on this fact even at times when you are composed and peaceful. With time, your mind can be trained to ignore the fear and pay attention to what you are really feeling.
Sometimes you can stop a panic attack at its onset by trying some different techniques. Purposely hyperventilating can often stop an attack in its tracks. Try drinking hot tea or cold water. Lie down, and close your eyes. Think of something funny to make yourself laugh. Go for a short jog. Keep track of the methods that seem to work, so you can try them again the next time.
If you feel a panic attack coming on, get busy. Find something else to occupy your mind like a chore or a hobby and keep going until you forget that you were having a panic attack at all. You’ll be able to work past the anxiety with something enjoyable or with a pleasurable outcome.
Try sniffing lavender the next time you feel a panic attack starting. Try a lavender hand lotion, or place a few drops of essential oil on a handkerchief that you can smell. Lavender has long been used to promote relaxation, and the comforting smell may help you to calm down faster during an attack.
Do you know how to drive? Do you have a safe track record? Then why would driving give you a panic attack? Look at your driving habits, your knowledge and how hard you work on driving well. Take all of these into consideration and then understand that you are a good, safe driver, and that there is nothing to fear.