There are two main ways for undertaking self help for anxiety for anxiety attacks.
The first is to stick to an effective therapy method administered by a specialist who you have sessions with. This will help you learn how to control your anxiety so that you can be ready to tackle future attacks head on.
The second way to help yourself through a panic attack is to apply everything that you learned in these therapy sessions on your own. Let’s face it – your therapist can’t be with you 24 hours a day, so at some point you are going to have to take your recovery into your own hands.
Here are a few steps that can guide you:
- Do not get scared- if you get scared when a anxiety attack is happening to you, you will only make it worst, by adding extra fear into your blood. Think that you are fine, nothing is going to happen because from a physical sense – a anxiety attack can’t hurt you. It really can’t!
- Breathe – remember to breathe properly to regulate your heart beats and to sit down as fast as possible or hold on to something while breathing to give a psychotic sense of safety. If you get nervous and walk around you can make it worse by increasing your activity and fueling the attack through the physical stimulus. So stay put, this way you will convince your body that there is nothing to run from
- Calm yourself – if you tell yourself that everything is fine, that nothing is going to happen, and you act like that, your brain will believe it over time and it will stop sending impulses to the adrenalin glands. This will take some time to achieve, but unfortunately there are no short paths on your road to recovery.
Basically, the things that you have to do to help yourself get through a anxiety attack is to learn how to control it and then apply what you have learned by actually practicing controlling it. It may seem couter intuative (and really scary!) but when you are training yourself to cope with anxiety attacks, you actually want to experience as many as you can so you can have lots of practice!
You can also, drink less coffee, alcohol and to reduce your stress levels to try and avoiding a anxiety attack.
Sleep is also very important, so whenever you can, try to get as much sleep as possible and enjoy yourself in an optimistic way. Pessimistic thoughts are not good for an anxious mind.
I am a recovered anxiety attack victim. I have seen the worst of it (as you will understand if you spend some time reading other articles on this site!). The best piece of advice I can give to an anxiety attack sufferer is to find a therapy that works for you, and to stick to it. Trust in your treatment and in time you will start to see the light!
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