Panic attacks are an annoyance and can affect your social life and confidence negatively. Learning how to deal with panic attacks is critical to your quality of life. This advice can help you control your attacks so that you can live a more fulfilled life.
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.
As you use a breathing technique during a panic attack, really concentrate on your breathing. Imagine the life being breathed into your body as you breathe in, and then the toxic thoughts and feelings going back out when you breathe out. Really visualize a glowing light going in and nasty dark smoke coming out.
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.
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.
If you have had a panic attack before, it is important not to dwell on the feelings from that attack. While these attacks are admittedly unsettling, thinking about an attack can cause some people to have another one. If you are having anxiety from a panic attack, treat those thoughts the same way you would the attack itself and practice some relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
If you have frequent panic attacks, then you should try practicing meditation. This is a simple process where you empty your mind in a quiet and peaceful manner. If you practice meditation frequently, you can learn a lot about your inner mind and how to control yourself when you feel anxious.
Do your best to limit the amount of stimuli that you are dealing with at any given time. Your brain can only process a certain amount of information and when you try to do multiple tasks or deal with too many situations at once you will create an overload that causes an attack.
Now that you know a little more about managing panic attacks, you should have a heightened sense of confidence and be able to take some time to enjoy life. Anxiety disorders and panic attacks affect millions of people, but by applying the right techniques, they can be dealt with.