Here's What to Do During A Panic Attack

We all have those moments. If you haven't yet, you are lucky. But if you opened up this article, its because you may have had a panic attack or something similar to one. Here is the definition of a panic attack from Mayo Clinic:

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"A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying"

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/symptoms-causes/syc-20376021

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In this article, I pull together a few different things you can do to help you during a panic attack. These are all things that can help you or even help others. Be sure to share this with people around you as you never know who may need it!

 First- stop & breathe

Take at least 10 seconds to count your breaths, close your eyes & just listen to the sounds of your breath- the oxygen go into your airways and into your lungs. Try to plug everything out and just calm down before thinking about the problem. Your body is going through flight or fight mode and is trying to act quickly, but in most cases, you just have to calm down and let your emotions disintegrate before making your decisions.

Think About The Situation For 5 Seconds
Literally, for just 5 seconds. Put your timer one & think about what the problem is and then think of your solution, even when you feel like there is none, there is always a solution.

Go to someone you trust

Call someone. Maybe when you are under shock (which happens when you are experiencing a PA), call someone to ensure your safety. Things can get out of hand if you have dealt with consistent panic attacks, anxiety and even depression. Call someone, go out to a calming place, or even meet a friend somewhere new. You don't have to get dressed up, you don't even have to go somewhere sometimes. But just being able to contact someone you trust and let them know how you are feeling may help. Always remember that energy gravitates so let them know that you are dealing with some personal issues and if they are in the right mental state to be there for you mentally.

You are not alone

This is super important to remember. During these frightening moments, we tend to forget that we are human and these are normal emotions we are facing. Don't ever feel that even though you are going through this coaster of emotions, that others don't feel the same. You never know what people may be going through so be open about your demons and deal with them appropriately rather than just ignoring them!

I hope this helped you. Always remember that in the darkest moments, the light will soon come.

Xoxo,

Daisy F

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