Panic attacks can be a serious problem for those with anxiety or depression, as it can make you feel like your heart is giving out. If you sometimes have trouble breathing and feel extremely nervous, you may be having panic attacks. Read this article for tips on how to deal with this issue.
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!
A great technique when you have a panic attack is to visualize yourself as a bird. Fly through the blue, clear sky on the wind until you reach a beautiful meadow. Fly into the meadow and through the grass, watching it sway in the breeze. When you concentrate on all the details you’re seeing you’ll forget about the panic attack altogether.
Pick up a self-help book on panic attacks. Remember to read each word as you come to it, focus on understanding each sentence, and then each paragraph. Go back over the words until you really feel confident that you know what the author is saying.
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.
Think about how it has happened before and that you will not get hurt. Do your best to relax, and attempt to block out the negative thoughts that could exacerbate your anxiety.
Do not complicate the situation by adding more negative feelings and unpleasant thoughts. Try to force your mind to think about all the positive aspects in your life and the things that mean the most to you. Write them down and carry them with you, so that you can read them if your thoughts start racing.
Don’t worry about being perfect! Is anyone you know perfect? Perfection is the invention of people who want to hold you down, and your mind will grasp onto such an idea and torture you with it. Let perfection go and instead embrace “good enough.” As long as things are good enough you’ll get by!
Find something that you can do that calms you down. Knitting, reading a book, even baking can be great hobbies you can do that will help you relax yourself when you feel a panic attack coming. These should be things you can do when you feel the panic attack starting to come about or when you’ve already started having a panic attack.
Panic attacks are more common than people seem to realize. When put in a situation that makes you feel nervous or scared, your body may react with a “flight” response that makes you want to leave the room. Remember the tips in this article if you think you may be suffering from panic attacks.