A panic attack from anxiety can strike anytime without any sign and it drags the person down like an anchor attached to the body. Many of us might have been first-hand witnesses of our close ones going through this or personally experienced it. So how to stop a panic attack? Some useful tips might help you the next time you or anyone you know goes through it.
Breathe Properly: Needless to say, the person becomes restless and begs, out of exhaustion, for some space. Though, this might sound easy and doing it is the hard part, you can still count on your breathing cycle. Take deep breaths and focus on the rhythm of your breathing to do it properly. You can also breathe from your mouth and perform a four second count.
Understand the Situation: Panic attack comes from anxiety and an anxious mind would not think straight. So while you are breathing properly, think about the things that bother you and pinpoint them. You would have better control over them after that.
Disable your Vision: Sometimes a simple act of closing your eyes would also make a lot of difference. Obstructing your vision would cut out one primary sense which would help you relax better.
Equate the Situation: Reality can be twisted with your mind doing the tricks while you are experiencing panic attacks. This can get worse if you do not formulate what is the thing that keeps poking you. Equating not necessarily means solving the problem entirely, it is just understanding the epicentre of your overthinking.
Find Something to Fidget: Keeping your subconscious mind busy helps in attaining a different level of peace. When you are getting panic attacks your brain wants to calm down for what it is meant to be. Fidgeting with something keeps the brain busy and makes sure you get enough time to recover. There are a lot of fidget toys which are specially built for this purpose and can be used by anyone.
Relax your Muscles: Physical acts are not related to panic attacks, is a strong myth that surrounds it. When you are experiencing mentally, it affects your physical health as well, which becomes a nice way to stop the panic attack. Do some stretching or perform yoga moves to calm your body so that the brain relaxes. You can practice a few beforehand so it becomes easy later.
Keep Solutions with You: Keeping something that would instantly lower your heart rate and stops the attack is a wise choice. Herbs like lavender and lemon balm are something which are proved to be working instantly. Though they have their side effects but they can be used when it comes to emergency situations when things go out of hand.
People sweat, react, become indifferent when it comes to panic attacks and every person reacts in a different manner. Among all the techniques and all others which are not listed choose the most effective and easily available one. Panic attacks are to be taken seriously and it is very important to be prepared.
Another really good avenue to try is with meditation. It has and is helping many people with panic attacks from a preventative standpoint. Also life coaching can help you to identify some areas which are giving you underlying stress.
It’s not cool having panic attacks and you should really try to get help with them so you can lead a normal life or as normal as you can.
Look at the people around you- close to you. Are they your friend family, lover? Do they help or hinder you. Take an objective view.