We have all been afraid at some time, but fear and panic attacks are not the same. Therefore, this guide can help you to recognize and overcome it
What are panic attacks?
If you are here, it is because you have surely suffered panic attacks or have lived them closely in some of the people around you. It is even possible that this has led you to avoid situations because of the fear they generate. Below you will find a guide that will help you to cope with panic attacks or to know how to offer help if a close person suffers.
Panic attacks are characterized by the presence of intense physical symptoms. Faced with these symptoms, the person reacts with fear and thinks that something bad will happen such as fainting or a heart attack. It is precisely this negative thought that causes greater anxiety and fear.
Undoubtedly, one of the characteristics that most aggravate the situation is that once this feeling has been experienced once, the fear of repeating that episode begins to grow. But how to deal with panic attacks? Discover below tips of interest.
Overcoming panic attacks is easier if …
Each person has their times and mechanisms to deal with panic. What for some is an ideal solution, for others it is useless and vice versa. Below we will give tips that work for many people but, of course, the most important thing is that you can find specialized psychological help to treat anxiety and make your progress more immediate.
You realize that it’s going to happen
The symptoms of a panic attack start an hour before it starts. For that reason, if you know the signs that are repeated in each attack, you will be able to realize it in time and avoid the fear that it generates that happens to you of unforeseen. Knowing the sensations before a panic attack will make you feel more prepared to deal with anxiety and do it quickly and effectively. Some of these symptoms are: chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or dizziness.
You learn relaxation techniques
Getting control of the effect that physical symptoms have on the body is much easier if we have relaxation techniques that allow us to maintain a certain balance in our body. Knowing these techniques provides security and decreases the fear of another possible attack.
You explain what happens to family and friends
The fact of opening up and telling your feelings and emotions to your trusted people not only makes you feel comfortable but also assumes in a clearer way what is the situation you are going through. Analyzing and verbalizing your emotional state makes you more aware of it and that helps you cope with a panic attack.
You have a healthy life
Healthy eating and sleeping habits have a positive effect on emotional well-being. Good sleep hygiene results in the release of hormones that counteract stress hormones and therefore helps us to be physically and emotionally stronger, as well as controlling anxiety while you sleep. For its part, a good diet also reduces stress and also strengthens the immune system, making the body is better prepared.
You make a list of the steps to follow and you always carry it
This will make you feel more secure and prepared in case you suffer a panic attack. It is a question of summarizing the steps that must be carried out before the attack and writing them in a place of easy accessibility, be it a small list in paper that we carry in the portfolio or a note of the mobile.
What steps should you follow?
1-Go to a safe place
If the symptoms you are suffering lead you to think that you are about to panic or you are already living it, it is best to retire to a place that makes you feel more calm. A place where you have enough privacy to begin to relax and not be forced to interact with people.
2- Just relax.
Work your breath to get relaxed when the panic attack appears. Concentrate on your inspirations and exhalations to regulate your hormonal levels. Do not stop breathing like this until your symptoms begin to disappear.
3-Stop the negative thoughts
Surely there is a negative thought that is causing the attack. That thought is generating alarms that come to your brain in the form of a threat, so you must send the opposite thought to cut the emergency signal. In this sense, it is important that you clear the thoughts that are repeated over and over again in your head. For example, it will be useful for you to think “FOR” each time the negative thought appears.
4-Repeat phrases that calm you
It is important to stop negative thinking but also change it for another adaptive one. Make a list of thoughts that calm you down and leave it in an accessible place in case the attack repeats itself. Some of those thoughts could be:
“I know what are the symptoms of the panic attack, I know I’m not going to die because the sensation of choking ends up happening if I breathe well.”
“This pain is going to happen, I’ve already overcome a panic attack before.”
“I know that a time will come when the symptoms will begin to diminish and the discomfort will disappear.”
4-Be aware of your emotions
So negative is to make the panic attack the center of your life and that you are not able to think of something else, like underestimating your suffering. You need to be aware of what an attack is, of the effects it has on you and of the solutions to face them. Recognizing your emotions or thoughts that trigger a panic attack to a greater extent will be critical to ending them.
Fighting an attack is not easy, so it is important that you congratulate yourself and recognize your great work once the symptoms have stopped. You have achieved it, you must keep in your memory the feeling of satisfaction in case the attack is repeated, that will remind you of what you have been capable of.
What is the solution?
When we speak of panic attack we must separate the facilitators that make you approach emotional well-being and the real solution to achieve it definitely. In the group of facilitators you can find breathing as a way to regulate us, relaxation techniques, diet care or exercise to prevent anxiety, among others.
On the other hand, the real solution, even if it is not a miraculous formula, is undoubtedly the option that obtains the best and most lasting results. This solution is to go to a professional, who not only gets you to control a panic attack but to disappear altogether. Together with a psychologist you will find the origin of the problem and by treating the real cause, you will be able to understand why it happens to you and then eliminate them.
The help of a psychologist in addition to the above, can prevent panic attacks trigger a generalized anxiety disorder. That is why it is essential that the search for help is made as soon as possible, without letting the continuous attacks undermine the self-esteem of the sufferer and associated problems appear as inability to carry out the normal routine or difficulty to maintain performance. In a next post I will talk about natural remedies to help to overcome panic attacks.
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