Have you ever experienced sudden intense anxiety, accompanied by difficulty in breathing, blackouts or spots in front of your eyes, chest pains and feeling that you’re going to die? If you have, then it’s likely that you’re suffering from panic attacks, a condition capable of taking over your life and ruining it. Its hard to identify the roots of anxiety attacks, because they can strike at any time and any place and can affect anyone. (Most people suffer from panic attacks when they’re young though.) Once there’s a first attack, subsequent attacks are often caused by the fear of experiencing another one. Many a pharmaceutical product claims to be a cure for anxiety, but these chemical “solutions” actually just suppress symptoms and control your emotions temporarily, rather than permanently solving the problem. Before turning to drugs, it’s best to use natural methods for treating anxiety. The following tips may help:
- Observe yourself carefully and seek to understand the pattern of events that precedes an attack. If you’re aware of what triggers the attacks and become more conscious when one is imminent, you’ll have a better chance of controlling it.
- Take warning signs seriously; don’t just dismiss the condition as silly or try to push down what you feel. Embrace what’s happening to you and face it honestly. This can help you eliminate some of the fear eventually get to the root cause.
- When you feel an attack coming on, take the time to stop, get quiet and do some deep breathing. This can be challenging if you’re feeling a tidal wave of emotion coming over you, but it will become easier with practice. The breathing will not only give you something productive to focus on, but it will also activate the body’s natural ability to calm itself.
- Your anxiety attacks may well be a sign from your body and mind to slow down and make some changes. Learn be nicer to yourself and give yourself more time for self-refection and relaxation. These simple approaches may help quell symptoms. Even if they don’t, they’ll make your life better in general.
- Avoid tense situations and people who create anxiety in you whenever possible. It’s your responsibility to protect yourself from people and places you think may trigger an anxiety attack. And try to avoid being generally stressed out, worn out emotionally or overly tired, because these are fertile grounds for fear, and eventually, panic attacks.
- See a doctor or natural health practitioner to determine whether there are physical factors at work. If possible, make it someone you already trust and have a relationship with. Panic attacks can sometimes be a sign of an underlying problem you may not know about, so it helps to get a larger perspective.
Having panic attacks can certainly be overwhelming. But if you face them head-on and take responsibility for your own care, a real and permanent solution is possible.
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