Dealing with panic attacks

Pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweating, fear of losing control or of dying. Do these symptoms sound familiar? These are some of the typical symptoms of a panic attack. Here are 14 on-the-spot tips to get through such an attack.

Take action:
Take "time out" and slow down – slow your rate of breathing, slow your racing thoughts, slow your entire body, head to toe, and then slowly resume your previous activities; picture a relaxing scene using all your senses – now put yourself into the scene; if there are places available, take a stroll – if there are people available, talk to one of them; picture a person you trust, someone who believes in you, supports you and cares about your well-being – now imagine the person is with you, offering you encouragement; remind yourself that attacks always end; remind yourself that panic is not dangerous; take a giant yawn; and stretch your body, head to toe.

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