Minimize Panic Attacks Such a Scary Nightmare
Minimize your Panic Attacks
Let’s try to minimize panic attacks by just being knowledgeable. Basically panic attacks causes shortness of breath. With the numbness of thighs, arms or feet. Sudden fear and desire to go to a safe place. Blurry or completely blocked sight or breathing. In short, a very confusing nightmare.
Your every move feels slow and light but the brains thinks fast and unsteady. I never knew there was such a feeling. The feeling of being slowly drained. Similarly, the feeling or thought of dying.
What is Panic Attack or Anxiety Disorder?
ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) describes it as the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.
Panic attacks or anxiety disorder is really scary and it happens randomly in places you’re never expect fear is necessary. It happens even when you’re asleep.
What Causes Panic Attacks?
The exact cause of panic attack or anxiety disorder is not yet fully understood. However documentations about panic attacks can be seen online and you can read good articles about these in the net. There are websites that conducts short quizzes and graded your anxiety levels for better understanding. They also give tips on how to handle this kind of attacks and experiences.
And, in addition. For someone like me. A simple web developer. Here’s a list of cases that might cause a panic attacks.
What Triggers a Panic Attack?
Avoiding or controlling panic attacks isn’t an easy task. Simply telling yourself that “everything is not real” at the same time might not help either. The pain and the uncomfortable feeling consumes every ounce of courage in you.
One attack I remember having trouble handling happens on my way to work. I was about to deliver a document when that happened. Half of the way, a panic attack occurred. I was actually just a few blocks away on my destination but I didn’t reach it.
Having shortness of breathing and weakened knees immediately force me to seat down in a corner. Everything seems moving slow. The vehicles and the people walking beside me. My breathing. My hearing. It was really scary. I just felt really scared and eventually force to go home.
Panic Attacks is a Very Confusing Experience
Every feeling or pain is real but people around you tells it was just all in your mind. I was examined a lot of times but medical results says there was nothing wrong. Of course I was really happy to find out that everything are normal. Though panic attacks still occurs and that was very confusing.
After experiencing it almost a year. Here are the things that I noticed. I hope this will help you understand panic attacks much better.
How I Lessen My Panic Attacks?
Learn to Handle Caffeine Properly
There are actually no evidence that consuming caffeine causes panic attack. And drinking coffee every morning helps handles cold shower. But a sudden boost in alertness and mental sharpness because of the caffeine confuses people with panic attack. Like when your heart palpitates or your eyes feels sharp and alert after drinking a coffee. This sudden changes can trigger panic attack.
Have a complete sleep
Of course not having a complete rest really makes you feel dizzy. But for people like me whose having panic attacks. The difference between being sleepy and lightheadedness might not be defined correctly.
When your brain tells you that you are sleepy your breathing become slower. A sudden change of heart beat can make you panic. This can trigger sudden adrenaline rush that causes you to become aware and alert. Thus making you think too much. Completely confusing your eyes and brain because of the sudden changes.
Panic Attacks on Dehydration
Lack of fluids in the body causes lightheadedness, headaches and increase of heart rate. Three symptoms of panic attack. You feel weak when you are dehydrated and your brain could not run at full speed. Basically you can never think clear and calming yourself seems impossible.
Unless you learn to handle these kinds of changes and learn to believe that such feeling is normal. Panic attacks will continue to trigger.
How to Prevent or Minimize Panic Attacks
Exercise and Make Your Heart Healthier and Stronger
Fear of dying thinking that your heart will fail and completely stop. Makes the condition worst. Learn to fight the sudden changes of heart rate by exercising. Challenge it.
When the fear of fainting starts to trigger, just jog. Try jogging in place and put your heart and body to a test. “If I’m going to faint, so be it.” If it just a panic attack the fear of dying or fainting wouldn’t happen. This will help you boost your confidence to fight the next attack. And at the same time makes your heart healthy.
Learn Not to Control Your Breathing
When you feel your controlling your breathing trick yourself not to do it. This often starts panic attacks. I don’t find breathing deep helpful. Maybe because I’m doing it the wrong way. I remember doing it the other way around just pausing my breathing for a while. Improper breathing can lead to hyperventilation and will just make your condition worst.
Websites that teaches way on how to breath normally will help. I remember feeling my old self when I was travelling. The feeling of being your old self, you’ll know what that means when your on this condition.
I was really relaxed when travelling that time. As if there was no signs of panic attack in me. The feeling of being my old self came back. Every people with panic attack might knew that feeling. And how did that happened? I was breathing properly. Thanks for the help of the seat belt. I remember feeling the belt pressed around my stomach. A good way to focus on belly breathing. Learn and practice belly breathing because its really a good way to relaxed.
Laugh, Talk to your Friends, Socialize
Never forget to have a good laugh thats a good way to fight stress. Do not let fear stop you from going outside and being with your friends. Never let your fear consume you. Do not let panic attacks waste your life. Talk, laugh, and be happy. Enough said.
Additional information on How to Minimize Panic Attacks
www.alifelessanxious.com is a great site that helps people with anxiety disorder. I remember downloading his book for free. And it was really helpful. Please visit his site and learn more on how to handle panic attacks properly.
Relax Like a Boss also share the same passion. The site tends to help and inspire people to beat stress and live a happy life. If you want to learn more about proper meditation, mildfulness and relaxation techniques.
Hope this blog helps. God bless and enjoy your life!