What are some ways to tackle a panic attack?

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Last Updated: 08/14/2018 at 2:43pm
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lovingLight24
August 31st, 2015 1:21am
Breathing excises, meditations ... Concentrating on your breathing different relaxing methods can help us take control over our emotions and not let them take control over us! Have a little look into some breathing techniques! Hope this helps! :-) xxx
Spiderman93
February 27th, 2015 9:39pm
Relax. Use breathing techniques and try and remain calm. after the attack is over, try and think of ways to avoid the trigger that caused the attack.
MikeSupportiveListener
March 1st, 2015 11:04pm
1. Learn mindfulness 2. Go for CBT (a type of psychotherapy) 3. Learn diaphragmatic breathing, instead of shallow breathing 4. Don't have stimulants like sugar, caffeine. Alcohol or drugs can also cause problems. 5. Try and have good self-care practises, i.e. learn what makes you feel good, e.g. hanging around with supportive friends (not toxic ones), have a hot bath, have a massage etc
DipityEnigma
April 16th, 2015 3:00pm
Listen to music, close your eyes and vision yourself somewhere you feel safe. You can also talk to people on your mobile phone via text messaging or by call.
Loquaciouslaur
May 19th, 2015 2:33am
Breathe in for 7, hold for 4, out for 9. Become aware of your surroundings and try to focus on your body and your senses. Through your senses, remind yourself that you are safe. Be aware of your body and your breathing to keep from putting your body through a maximum level of stress.
squiddi03
June 2nd, 2015 4:51pm
There is this little game: 1)Breathe 2)Name five things you see 3)Breathe 4)Name four things you hear 5)Breathe 6)Name three things you touch 7)Breathe 8)Name two things you smell 9)Breathe 10)Tell someone a good story:doesn't have to be complicated, if it's a fairytale it's okay, it has to be the first thing that comes to your mind and it has to end well
TheLMT
March 7th, 2016 1:57am
The Focus your thinking Trick. Focus on something quantifiable - like how many foods start with A or how many objects are notably red. Breathe slowly and name as many out loud as you can.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2016 5:09am
I know for me deep breaths work I know this sounds cliche but positive focus is everything during a panic attack
Anonymous
October 10th, 2016 11:08am
Breathe deep breaths, the main goal is to calm yourself down. Then use happy memories or happy phrases to calm your mind. When your mind and body are calmed, you've made it through.
starrySunshine87
October 10th, 2016 5:15pm
I've found that breathing exercises can be very helpful. Sit down somewhere that is quiet and focus on breathing. Try to calm yourself down and focus on where you are at that moment.
QuietlyBurningCandle
November 7th, 2016 10:08pm
A way that I have found very helpful is a simple exercise: Try to list 5 things you can see, 4 things you hear, 3 things you are touch/feel, 2 things you smell and 1 thing you taste. This is called grounding and has personally helped me a lot. Otherwise I usually find breathing exercises or mantras helpful, as they supply repetition, steadiness. Also, letting someone know how you feel is very important. Depending what other issues you might be having, a feeling of isolation might actually further fuel a panic attack.
OneClickAway
August 14th, 2018 2:43pm
Remembering to breathe slowly and deeply is a great start to tackling a panic attack! Often when we are feeling anxious, we tend to breathe a lot quicker and heavier. Take a second to step aside and concentrate on your breathing, while allowing your heart rate to slow down! Doing this will also help relax your muscles that tend to get considerably tense when feeling an anxiety attack. Some other things you can do to help include closing your eyes or focusing on a still object. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to help combat panic attacks. Since panic attacks can also cause a feeling of detachment or separation for some, this can help ground you in the reality of what is around you.