4 Skills for
Overcoming Panic Attacks & Managing Anxiety
Managing anxiety effectively starts with practicing various skills while you’re in a place of calm and rest, not while you are experiencing panic attacks. For many people, the symptoms of panic can be overwhelming and truly frightening. However, it may be helpful to remember that you can”t actually die from a panic attack (even if it totally feels like you can). There are techniques you can use to manage symptoms of anxiety and begin and meet your goal of overcoming panic attacks. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Our certified anxiety specialists are here to help. Click here to learn more about our anxiety treatment services.
Practice 4 SKILLS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS
1. Acknowledge the Panic Attacks Unique Symptoms
It can be tempting to try to ignore or avoid a panic attack, but acknowledging that you are experiencing one can be an important first step in managing it. This can help you focus on what is happening and give you a sense of control over the situation.
2: Managing Anxiety through controlled breathing
Panic attacks can cause you to feel short of breath or hyperventilate, which can make the panic attack worse. To help control your breathing, try taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. You can also try the 4-7-8 breathing technique, which involves inhaling for a count of four, holding your breath for a count of seven, and exhaling for a count of eight.
3: Find a quiet, safe space to focus on managing anxiety
If you’re in a crowded or stressful environment, it can be helpful to find a quiet, safe place where you can take a break and focus on calming yourself down. This could be a bathroom, a secluded area in a park, or even your car. If you’re working with a therapist, maybe reaching out for a session to process and practice skills could be helpful.
4. Body-based relaxation technique to ease panic attacks with physical symptoms
There are several relaxation techniques that can be helpful in managing panic attacks. These include:
- progressive muscle relaxation, where you tense and relax each muscle group in your body
- visualization, where you imagine a peaceful, calming scene in your mind.
- Sensory work by listening to music, using aromatherapy or moving your body
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