Imagine that you are in a meeting and they ask you to stand up and share your two cents worth about the upcoming modernization project. You have never spoken to a large crowd before, and now they are asking that you stand up and say something. Your knees turn wobbly, your body trembles and you have difficulty breathing. You may be having a panic or anxiety attack.

One of the things that people who suffer from anxiety should look into is developing methods that will help them overcome panic attacks. These panic attacks, if not managed properly, could lead to more serious disorders. This may lead to drugs usage, depression and alcoholism. When these things happen there is a great possibility that these panic and anxiety attacks could become sever and debilitating psychological disorders. At this stage the intervention of professionals, trained to conduct therapeutic methods, would be needed to help a person overcome these panic or anxiety attacks.

It is possible, however, that you could have overcome panic attacks on your own. Be an optimist. Thinking positively associations good vibes and positive energy. Look for the positive angle in any given situation. There will always be something positive even in the most dismal situations. Focus on that positive aspect, even if it is only a dot in the general scheme of things.

You may not be able to do this immediately. It takes constant application and practice to acquire optimism. Do not give up. See it as a daily challenge to overcome and conquer. Every time you fail, you should stand up and meet the next challenge. This is the most vital factor you may need in order to overcome panic attacks. This ensures that your spirit of optimism will help you deal with the panic attacks effectively.

Here are some specific steps that may help you overcome panic and anxiety attacks.

1. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale deeply through your mouth. You can use a paper bag to maintain the carbon dioxide inside your system. A variation of this is to inhale deeply, hold your breath for 10 seconds, and exhale deeply. Do this until your breath returns to normal.

2. Open and close your fists while you flex your arms repeatedly. This will help release the tension building up in your system.

Walk around the room or do light exercises like stretching or jogging in place.

4. Psyche yourself up and decide that whatever happens, it is not the end of the world. The thing you are worried about will usually not happen or affect you.

5. Drink a lot of juice and stay in a comfortable and air-conditioned or well-ventilated room.

You can overcome panic attacks with the correct frame of mind and the realization that you are the one who can place everything in its proper perspective.