I get asked this often, "what's your 1 word advice for dealing with panic and anxiety attacks?" I'm not a medical professional and I'm giving my personal advice on what's helped for me. As most of you know or may not know, I've dealt with anxiety for over 30 years and panic attacks for over 24 years.
My one word advice would be....destration. Our mind is an amazing thing and truely impacts our overall health and wellbeing. When you are having an attack your mind is racing, you can feel out of control, your heart starts pounding, you feel lightheaded, nervous, scared, sweaty, shakey, have trouble breathing, feel like you're going to die, feeling that something bad is going to happen. Those are just some of the things I experienced.
Something that I found helpful and can be hard when you're dealing with an attack, destract yourself. Listen to music, journal, count, say positive affirmations, look at a picture, count, scribble, find a relaxing app., go for a walk...call someone. Find whatever what works for you. If one thing isn't working, try something else. Get your mind to focus on something else which is key to kind of snap you out of the attack, verses getting yourself more worked up and feeding into it. Hopefully that makes sense... Oh and breathe! When I was having an attack I would hold my breath, and get myself all tense. I found apps that helped me with learning how to breath and focus on my breathing during an attack .
I never thought I'd say this but, I haven't had a panic attack in years! My anxiety has decreased wayyyyy down, I don't remember the last time I had a bad anxiety attack as well. Thankfully I found an Vitalbiome that has been my "miracle in a bottle" and has truely helped me with those.
It's taken me many years of practice, soul searching, learning and educating myself on how to deal with attacks, focus on my triggers, and learn out to relax, along with positive affirmations!
You got this!
For those of you that suffer from these things, what are some things that have helped you during an attack? I can't wait to see your answers.