Panic attacks are one of the worst feelings you can experience, as they can leave you gasping for air and wondering about whether you are ever going to calm down on your own. While panic attacks usually stop on their own, the reality is that in those minutes of having one it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While stopping a panic attack is not always simple, here are a few ways in which you can help relieve symptoms faster.
1. Know it is temporary
The worst part about a panic attack is that for most people it leaves them with a feeling that this will last forever. However, if you manage to keep in mind that that is not the case, then you could most likely start helping yourself calm down. This is why remembering that the feeling that it won’t pass is normal, can actually help you stop panicking as much.
2. Know where you are
One of the best things to do during a panic attack is to find a space to feel comfortable in. This usually means sitting on the ground where you will be able to literally feel that there is ground beneath you. If you want you can also add some tiny repetitive movements to give your mind something else to do so that you can calm down.
Breathing is the most important thing to do when you are anxious, nervous or having a panic attack. However, the hardest thing is going to be that while your body is wanting to breathe fast, you will instead need to slow your breath down. Ideally, you should opt for an 8-second inhale and exhale with a 7-8 second pause in between the two. This type of breathing can be very calming for the body.
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