Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Don't Let Panic Attacks Control You - 3 Tips To Control Atttacks

By Samantha Adams

Panic attacks for anyone who suffers from them can if they are allowed to take control over their lives. Certainly there are many things that a person can do in order to prevent a panic attack from occurring. However, if the situation becomes a chronic one then medical intervention may be needed. Below we offer some tips on how to stop panic attacks before they do take over your life completely.

Tip 1 - One of the best ways to stop a panic attack before it takes a hold is to get your breathing right. It is important that you learn the right sorts of breathing techniques which can then help you to relax. There are a number of different techniques that you can use today and many of these you will find offered on the internet.

But the simplest of these breathing techniques is the one where you sit somewhere that allows you to relax and then you begin to breathe very slowly and very deeply. It is the slow breathing which tells your body that it is becoming relaxed and calm and so any signals being sent to the adrenal glands can be halted.

Tip 2 - It may take you some time before you are able to master this particular tip. In order to stop a panic attack one needs to learn how to remove all negative thoughts from one's mind. So what you need to do if a panic attack starts is tell yourself that you can and will prevent it from escalating. Doing this wil help you to then get the situation under control and will help to make your mind more relaxed.

Once you stop having negative thoughts you then need to start replacing them with thoughts of a more positive nature. Although people say you should think of something you like, this is not the case. Instead you need to be reinforcing the thoughts you are currently having and which helped your to respond to the problem in a positive way. Doing this will help you to carry on and prevent the panic attack from taking control.

Tip 3 - When you start to feel a panic attack coming on you need to move yourself away from what has triggered it initially. It is also important that as soon as you have such feelings you recognize them for what they are. Then you need to start making changes even small ones so you either avoid the situation or deal with them better in the future.

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