When you're in the thick of a panic or anxiety attack, considering ways as to how to minimize it is the last thing on you rmind. Anyone who has ever suffered the panic and distress that comes with an anxiety attack knows the sense of fear that is pretty much indescribable to anyone who has not experienced a panic or anxiety attack. Follow these tips to help work yourself through the anxiety attack:
Once you know that you are having an anxiety attack, you can steady yourself and think that rationally, this will pass. Anyone who suffers with anxiety knows the sensation comes and goes. When you are having anxiety attacks, know that this is real, it is a panic attack, but it will go away. Realizing that you are having an anxiety attack is the first step towards working your way through an anxiety attack.
Get physical - walk, swing your arms around.
Leap about, chat, hum! Just do something (within reason) that will get your mind off the attack. The amount of people that have told me that dusting in particular helps them through an anxiety attack is surprising. Getting physical releases endorphins into the blood stream which in turn, makes you feel better. Physical exercise has always been suggested as a way to alleviate stress which we know can be the cause or trigger for an anxiety attack. Don't park yourself there feeling useless! Take control and do something. If what you do ends up being productive, then all the better.
Ask for help or contact your support network
Within your circle of family and friends there will be several of them who realize and recognize what you are going through. This is not an opportunity to look for pity, but a chance for your friends and family to help you when you need it the most. Without doubt, if they asked you for help in similar circumstances, you wouldn't think twice about doing the same for them.
Many people are embarrased that they are feeling anxious and keep this secret from friends and family. This only magnifies the symptoms making them worse. You will not have anyone to talk to when needed. What's worse, is that you will suffer in silence for months and years and when you do finally pluck up the courage to share your concerns, you are astounded by the number of people that you know that suffer from the same anxiety and panic attacks that you do! See, you really aren't on your own when it comes to anxiety attacks. In fact, look around you and I bet out of all the people that you can see right now, the majority of them have suffered from some kind of panic or anxiety attack at least once.
By understanding anxiety attacks, knowing what it feels like and that it will soon pass, you can help yourself overcome the feelings of a panic attack. Doing something physical and reaching out to your support network will also help you overcome an anxiety attack. Only when you have exhausted all other avenues, should you think about medication. These ideas should see to it that you have the strength to deal with anxiety attacks so you no longer run scared of the threat of them happening to you.