Anyone who has experienced panic attacks would read attest that the times these attacks occur are probably the most traumatic periods that they have experienced in their lives. When these attacks occur, the sufferers are often left feeling false, unbalanced, and disoriented. They may also experience heart palpitations, increased muscle tension, and in chronic cases, even constrictions in the chest.
The symptoms that accompany a panic attack are usually so severe for the sufferer that they are very desperate to find any kind of treatment or cure that would relate them to this intensely disturbing condition.
Let's briefly discuss a few simple ways to immediately alleviate the symptoms of a panic attack.
Practice Deep Breathing Techniques
When you experience a panic attack, your body instinctively goes into a 'fight-or-flight' mode. Your body immediately releases adrenalin which causes your breathing to become hurried and shallow. Forcing yourself to take deep, long breaths would immediately send a message to your brain that everything is under control and the brain then gets the body to relax.
You can practice deep breathing techniques by using your diaphragm to inhale through your nose. And if your shoulders are not going up and down as you breathe then you are probably doing it properly.
Try to Focus Your Mental Energies on the Now
Normally, it never makes much sense to worry too much about the future; and especially so if you are sooner to panic attacks. You can easily aggravate an attack condition by inordinately worrying about what might happen or might not happen. Once you find yourself slipping into a panic state, it's time to force your mind to focus on the here and now.
Resigning yourself to whatever may happen is very often an effective way of dealing with anxiety. Trying to actively resist an attack is never the right thing to do because that requires worrying about the attack-the one thing you should not be doing. Keep reassuring yourself that it's only a minor discomfort that would soon pass.