How to survive a panic attack when it strikes
Do you know of anyone who experiences severe panic attacks and they do not know what to do?
A person can experience a panic attack when they least expect it. This can cause a great deal of fear and anxiety for the person.
As a result, here are seven easy steps a person can follow when a panic attack strikes unexpectedly and how to overcome the fear and anxiety that comes with it.
1. Take A Small Break Or A Time Out: The first thing a person must do when experiencing a panic attack is to stop whatever they are doing. A panic attack can be very uncomfortable and can affect a person’s everyday thinking. It is important to stop what you are doing since you only focusing on the anxiety. You don’t want to make a mistake in whatever you are doing which could make things worse.
2. Take Deep Breaths: The next step is that you should take some deep breaths to help feel better and to get rid of some of the excessive fear and anxiety. There are also many kinds of breathing exercises a person can learn to follow with the help of a mental health counselor. Taking some deep breaths can help a person relax right away.
3. Distract Yourself: A person should try to distract themselves from the panic they are experiencing. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, take a brisk walk, read the newspaper, or do something relaxing that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Distracting yourself from your worrisome thoughts and feelings can help get you back on track rather than just focusing on the panic attack.
4. Get The Facts Of Your Situation: Many people feel like they are going to die when they experience a panic attack for the first time. The fact is that you will be ok and that it takes a few minutes for the anxiety to go away. Talk to a counselor and get the facts of what a panic attack is and what you can do when a panic attack occurs. Educate yourself on what you need to do when you encounter a panic attack. In addition, learn from your experiences so that you will know what to do the next time you encounter a panic attack.
5. Don’t Dwell on Your Fearful Thoughts: A person must not dwell or focus on their thoughts during a panic attack. The more a person tries to reason out their thoughts the longer a panic attack will last. Read some positive statements from your favorite self-help book to help overcome your negative thoughts during a panic attack.
6. Learn To Take It One Day At A Time: Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems.
7. Talk To A Mental Health Professional: It is important to talk to a qualified professional in order to learn how to survive a panic attack. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with any panic attacks that may occur in the future.
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com