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How to deal with a panic attack.

How to deal with a panic attack.

Panic Attacks

For the uninitiated, a panic attack striking out of the blue can be akin to having a heart attack. The symptoms are very similar, very real and very scary.

Out of nowhere you suddenly have intense, overwhelming anxiety, accompanied by physical symptoms. Whilst not life threatening, these can leave you feeling very shaken and frightened, and the worst panic attacks can have you believe you’re going to die.


If you know that what is happening to you isn’t going to kill you, even though it feels like it might – the adrenalin causing your heart to pump really fast, and your body needing more oxygen in readiness to run, therefore making you breath quicker – you will be better equipped to handle the situation.

1. Be informed.

By simply knowing more about panic attacks should mean that the next time you feel one coming on, or you’re in the clutches of one, something should flag up in the back of your mind, reminding you about panic attacks.

Understand and identify your triggers.

2. Detox.

Lay off the stimulants until the symptoms have passed, you’ll only put unnecessary stress on your body. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking, as these have a tendency to make panic attacks worse

3. Breath.

Learn how to control your breathing. Hyperventilation (as you desperately try to suck in the oxygen your body is screaming for) won’t help you. Instead try and do breathing exercises that lengthen your breaths. It will help calm you down and put you back in control.

You should start to feel better almost immediately, but expect to feel tired too, you’ve just expended a lot of energy.

4. Calm.

Learn calming techniques from yoga and/or meditation. They not only teach you how to calm yourself and remain in control of your situation and your breathing, but they are also enjoyable practices that give you respite from any anxiety.

5. Exercise and sleep.

Exercise as regularly as you can and try and get a good night’s sleep. Even the calmest among us will suffer if we don’t have enough shut eye.

6. Professional help.

As well as self-help techniques, professional treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy can help you better understand your specific triggers, by focussing on thinking patterns and checking your behaviour.

Because wouldn’t you rather live a life free of panic attacks, than know how to deal with an attack when it strikes?

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