Five Ways to Cope with Panic Attacks

High Anxiety 2If you experience panic attacks on a regular basis, then you know how it feels to be stuck in your moment of fear and anxiety. It feels like you are suffocating in the stressful situation, and it can be scary. Many times, family members and friends do not know what you are going through or how to help. Thankfully, there are a few tips to try to cope with your panic attacks.

Take Deep Breaths: This may seem like common sense, but many of us forget to breathe deeply in moments of stress. Instead of clamming up, reach for a paper bag or close your eyes and inhale deeply. You should practice deep breathing regularly, not just in the moment of a panic attack. You should also start increasing how deep your breaths are when you feel stressed out or anxious. This can help the panic attack pass over more gently.

Try Chiropractic: Chiropractic can help those who have panic attacks in two different ways. First off, if you have pain, you are more likely to get irritated and frustrated easily from the pain. A chiropractor can help relieve your pain and therefore help you manage your stress and panic attacks. Secondly, chiropractic helps align the body and helps it works as it should. When the body is able to do its job correctly, it can better fight off stress.

Release Your Emotions: Many times a panic attack can stem from keeping too many emotions built up. Try journaling, peer counseling, or another way to release your emotions. Don’t allow yourself to pent up emotions because it will only make your panic attacks worse.

Avoid Stressful Situations: While you may not be able to avoid stress all together, you can definitely decrease the amount you are exposed to. If your job is stressing you out, try looking for a new job. If your family or friends are the ones causing your panic attacks, limit your time with them. This may seem easier said then done, but you deserve to get in control of your panic attacks.

Try Guided Meditation and Relaxation: Some people may laugh at the idea of yoga or guided meditation, but it can really help. You have to learn how to remove yourself from the stressful situations and go to your “happy place.” The more you practice meditation and relaxation, the more naturally it will come to you.

Even though you suffer from panic attacks, know that you are in control, and you can handle them. It is always best to consult your doctor for medical advice and help first.

 

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