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What are some natural ways to help prevent panic attacks?

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Last Updated: 09/17/2018 at 6:50am
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Top Rated Answers
Mel
November 15th, 2014 2:53am
Herbal Remedies for example, like Chamomile tea. Supplements, like for example a Magnesium supplement. A healthy diet, reduce sugar, fat, meat and dairy as much as you can, and eat much more vegetables and fruits. Eliminate food triggers as caffeine. Relaxation therapies like Massage, Yoga, Reiki and Meditation. A lot of exercise!
tallfriend
November 10th, 2014 10:09pm
Breathing exercises-- breathe in for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 6 seconds. Repeat this as many times as it takes for you to calm down.
Malek
September 18th, 2014 10:09am
Breathing evenly and slowly helps prevent panic attacks. Also exploring the cause of the panic attacks when you feel you can do it helps a lot.
Valdez
October 6th, 2014 1:38pm
Deep breaths and avoiding the triggers. I find self-care to be important afterwards. Do something nice for yourself, perhaps a cup of coffee?
ElijahxO
October 20th, 2014 1:14am
During panic attacks there are breathing methods, such as breathing in for 8 seconds holding it for 4 seconds and breathing out for 16 seconds. As far as preventing it, trying meditation is very helpful.
yessitshannah
October 26th, 2014 11:54pm
Breathing techniques. The one that always works the best for me is breathe in for 4 seconds. Hold for 7 seconds and breathe out for 8 seconds. It helps a lot. Also make sure you focus on your breathing and your breathing only
RaleighC
November 2nd, 2014 2:28am
One of the best ways to prevent panic attacks is actually to simply breathe, believe it or not. Focusing on your breath can help to calm both the physical symptoms of panic attacks (racing heart, shaking hands, pounding in your ears) and the mental ones (feeling out of control, feeling like you might go crazy, feeling like you might die).
Anonymous
November 2nd, 2014 6:12am
Lay down and breathe calmly. Apply a small amount of pressure to the chest. It always helps me when I'm having a panic attack.
nuuuris
November 2nd, 2014 3:49pm
Try to relax and don't think about it, you can write down all your thoughs or watch a film or read a book so your mind will concentrate in other things :)
thoughtfulstudent89
November 2nd, 2014 4:37pm
Sit down, relax, and focus on organizing your thoughts. Make a list of the things bothering you and proposed solutions. Organizing anxiety often helps make it seem less scary.
DesertForBreakfast
November 2nd, 2014 5:12pm
Plant your feet firmly on a surface, if you're at home you can elevate them as well. Plant your hands flatly on a surface. Breath in deep over a 3 second period, exhale over a 1 second period. If this isn't working for you, inhale a deep breath, and hold it. Count to 10. Focus on one object. Exhale after you count to 10. Breath in after 2 seconds. Repeat as needed.
ephender
November 4th, 2014 9:50pm
Take a big breath. Go to a secluded space. Take a look around the room for anything that calls out you. When you find something that attracts you, stick with it and think about how it makes you feel: safe? secure?. Slowly recall all the good memories that you can associate. Remember that everything you are going through has a solution. Slowly you'll calm down and then you address the situation more cognitively.
Anonymous
November 5th, 2014 8:36pm
Learning and using lots of quick relaxation and breathing exercises. Also, knowing your comfort level and boundaries can be the quickest and easiest way to prevent these kind of attacks. Know what works best for you and how far you can push yourself.
Anonymous
November 7th, 2014 11:48pm
Avoid situations that may lead to a panic attack or trying to focus on what is real and not what your emotions tell you that is real.
Saraahh
November 11th, 2014 4:41pm
I have visited a doctor last month because I have been getting very frequent panic attacks and he told me not to drink caffeinated stuff and breath in and out slowly during panic attacks.
Yahantei
November 12th, 2014 8:36am
Panic attacks can be frightening, but there are some quick ways to reduce symptoms. Taking slow, deep, mindful breaths will calm your nervous response. This is particularly helpful if you are experiencing physical symptoms like trembling and a fast heartbeat. If you know what has triggered this attack, it is a good idea to remove yourself from that situation. Drinking a glass of water can help as well, as this naturally slows heartbeat and provides you with something to do.
Anonymous
November 17th, 2014 4:27am
Some natural ways to cope with panic attacks are breathing exercises and imagery. You can also have family support.
sweettears0103
November 17th, 2014 3:42pm
Stop thinking about anything or anyone that triggers your panic attacks. That is one of the best ways to prevent it.
gabutterfly
March 21st, 2015 1:57am
Train yourself to breathe through your stomach and not your chest and change your way of thinking. Use the self help guide on here!
KatieTheKrusher
May 16th, 2015 3:41am
Deep breathing! I know this sounds like a trick everyone says, but it really does work. Take a deep breath in through your nose and then out your mouth and count aloud. I do think whenever I feel my panic attacks coming along.
Eloquentgraffiti10
September 22nd, 2015 4:12pm
Google search "grounding for anxiety." It will help a lot. It isn't a long term solution, but it will stop the panic attack in the moment.
TeddyGraham
November 16th, 2015 6:37pm
set your breathing to 7 second Intervals (etc. in 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. out 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); or find 4 things you can see, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can hear, and 1 thing you can smell
poptartskill
November 17th, 2015 11:50am
theres this cool image that you can google it works, its a paint brush making a infinity sign in thick black paint.
bluebreath1810
January 5th, 2016 5:05pm
Some natural ways to prevent panic attacks can be: Meditation Going out for walk daily Being punctual..completing all your projects in time Eating the right food Sleeping for minimum 8 hrs
xcxmotionless
April 26th, 2016 2:01pm
One method I use to prevent panic attacks is called grounding. It's like when you try to focus on something other than the panic attack. The way I do it is find 5 things I can see, 4 I can touch, and 3 I can hear.
Anonymous
June 7th, 2016 9:11am
I've been having panic attacks from a young age and one way to prevent them is to always try to be in a comfortable and safe enviornment with at least one person who you know cares about you and knows about your panic attacks. As soon as you feel a panic attack coming on you should try to leave the situation and then reflect on why a panic attack occurred.
Anonymous
August 28th, 2017 6:16pm
Techniques like grounding or square breathing can help. Grounding is looking at the area around you and counting amounts of certain things i.e. 5 yellow things or 3 things you can hear. Square breathing is breathing in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and then breathe out for 4 seconds. This can slow the heart rate down to normal.
sweetSnow90
January 8th, 2018 7:20am
If you are aware of what brings on your panic attacks then you can work through that with a therapist/CBT/Exposure therapy. If you are unaware of what brings them then I think trying to keep your body and mind in a state of calmness will help. Think about how your mind works, what thoughts are running through your head. Think about your physicality, breathing, tensing muscles. Employ some relaxation techniques.
Anonymous
April 23rd, 2018 3:14am
Some natural ways to help prevent panic attacks is by taking deep breathes, listening to music to help you tune out background noises, talking it out with a family member other distractions.
Anonymous
July 30th, 2018 2:08pm
Remember to always take deep breaths, don't always think of the negatives, when you are feeling like you may have a panic attack, try to focus on something that is still, not moving, or stuck in place. Start to name things about that item that you can see, hear, smell. etc. and often your attacks will lessen.