BEATING A PANIC ATTACK TO ITS GAME
Azuka has been experiencing sudden episodes of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Her thoughts have been in roaming in confusion and settle in with the fact she might be experiencing attacks from evil spirits.
Azuka is not alone. This could happen to just about anyone. Have you heard about panic attacks?
Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Although panic attacks themselves aren’t life-threatening, they can be frightening and significantly affect your quality of life. But treatment can be very effective.
- Sense of impending doom or danger
- Fear of loss of control or death
- Rapid, pounding heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
- Chest pain
- A feeling of numbness
To help you beat the situation;
Recognize that you’re having a panic attack. By recognizing that you’re having a panic attack instead of a heart attack, you can remind yourself that this is temporary, it will pass, and that you’re OK. Take away the fear that you may be dying or that impending doom is looming, both symptoms of panic attacks. This can allow you to focus on other techniques to reduce your symptoms.
Close your eyes. Some panic attacks come from triggers that overwhelm you. If you’re in a fast-paced environment with a lot of stimuli, this can feed your panic attack. To reduce the stimuli, close your eyes during your panic attack. This can block out any extra stimuli and make it easier to focus on your breathing.
Use deep breathing. While hyperventilating is a symptom of panic attacks that can increase fear, deep breathing can reduce symptoms of panic during an attack.
Use muscle relaxation techniques. Much like deep breathing, muscle relaxation techniques can help stop your panic attack in its tracks by controlling your body’s response as much as possible.
Picture your happy place. What’s the most relaxing place in the world that you can think of? A sunny beach with gently rolling waves? A cabin in the mountains? Picture yourself there, and try to focus on the details as much as possible. Imagine digging your toes into the warm sand