Here are 11 strategies you can use to try to stop a panic attack when you’re having one or when you feel one coming on:
- Use deep breathing.
- Recognize that you’re having a panic attack.
- Close your eyes.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Find a focus object.
- Use muscle relaxation techniques.
- Picture your happy place.
What is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack?
An anxiety attack, people may feel fearful, apprehensive, may feel their heart racing or feel short of breath, but it’s very short lived, and when the stressor goes away, so does the anxiety attack. Panic attack on the other hand doesn’t come in reaction to a stressor. It’s unprovoked and unpredictable.
What should you not do during an anxiety attack?
What Not To Do When Someone Is Having A Panic Attack
- DON’T: Tell them to “calm down.”
- DO: Offer a supportive statement like “I’m here for you.”
- DON’T: Freak out over the episode.
- DO: Listen to what they need.
- Bottom line: Be empathetic.
What are some home remedies for panic attacks?
While panic attacks and panic disorder benefit from professional treatment, these self-care steps can help you manage symptoms:
- Stick to your treatment plan.
- Join a support group.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking and recreational drugs.
- Practice stress management and relaxation techniques.
- Get physically active.
What should you do after a panic attack?
After a panic attack, it’s important to look after ourselves and to ramp up the self-care after going through such a difficult experience.
- Take It Slowly. When we have a panic attack, our heart rate and breathing speed up.
- Have A Drink.
- Eat Something.
- Seek Comfort.
- Reduce Stimulation.
- Talk To Someone.