Firstly it’s important not to let your fear of panic attacks control you. Panic attacks always pass and the symptoms are not a sign of anything harmful happening. Remember that the symptoms you’re experiencing are caused by Anxiety.
When you’re having a Panic Attack it’s best to stop what you’re doing and take the time to let it pass. Think about what’s happening to you and remember that it’s ok, it’s just going to pass. It also helps to take control of it by thinking about the experience, how it feels, what’s going to happen next, how it’s going to subside. Face up to the Panic Attack and take control. Controlling your breathing can help too; close your eyes and breath in slowly and gently through your nose, then let it out slowly and gently through your mouth.
Once the Panic Attack has passed have a think about what the cause may have been and take steps to alter your responses to it or how you’re going to manage it; just be careful not to restrict your normal daily activities. If you think the Panic Attack was a symptom of your more general anxiety then it might be time to get help with your Anxiety.
Counselling can help to identify the negative thought patterns that feed your Anxiety and Panic Attacks. It can reduce the frequency and intensity whilst also improving your daily life.
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