It would be nice to avoid a panic attack all together. Unfortunately, panic attacks are a reality for many. The reasons can vary. No doubt, it would be a great comfort to reduce, if not, avoid any attack! Below are some suggestions others have found helpful in coping with this condition, please read on:
If you are someone who suffers from panic attacks, make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Lack of sleep can drastically increase the likelihood of suffering an attack, and it can reduce your ability to think clearly and cope with an attack if it does happen. Your goal should be to get eight good hours of sleep every night.
Don’t fight a panic attack or you’ll end up increasing the adrenaline in your body and making the situation much worse. Remember that this too shall pass and that you just have to wait it out. I like to remember that in an hour I’ll be looking back on it instead of being in the middle of it.
People who are prone to panic attacks tend to be under a ton of stress. If you want to limit the occurrence of your panic attacks, then you should consider going on a diet. Diets make your body feel better and make you look better, which in turn will make you happier.
Work through your panic attack by disempowering it. Remind yourself over and over again that the attacks have never hurt you and don’t have the ability to do so. Tell yourself that you know what it is and know that it will pass. Remember that it is only sensations you are feeling, that sensations are harmless, and that you have the power to overcome them at will.
If you suffer from panic attacks, reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake by switching to decaffeinated versions of your favorite beverages. Caffeine can intensify anxiety and feeling jittery, which may trigger a panic attack. Cut back slowly if you consume a lot of caffeine to prevent headaches and other withdrawal symptoms.
When you have a panic attack you can stop, sit down, and start breathing. To perform deep breathing exercises, inhale through your nose while slowly counting to five, making your stomach rise. Then exhale through your mouth as you slowly count to five. Do this 10 times, and you will start to feel better.
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.
Okay! Now, you have some suggestions that others have found helpful! Use the information that would apply to you! Don’t lose heart! Unfortunately, others have panic attacks too, but many have learning how to reduce, it not, avoid an attack. Perhaps, this will be true of you too!