Tuesday, December 29, 2009

5 Tips to Stop Panic Attacks

Embarrassed about your recent panic attack? Looking for tips on how to make sure it never happens again? Here are 5 quick and easy tips on how to stop panic attack - even before it begins.

It felt like a nightmare. I was sitting in my professor's office, nervously answering questions for our final verbal examination that semester. Suddenly, for some reason I no longer remember (perhaps I blundered over a universal theory), he slammed his fist on the desk.

"What in the world do you think you are talking about?" he boomed, glaring at me through his glasses.

Suddenly, a cold feeling washed over me. My heart started pounding so hard I could almost hear it. My limbs felt numb and my hands felt icy cold. I tried to regain my composure. There was no way on earth I would let my terror professor see me hyperventilate or bawl into tears like a baby!

Panic attacks can be very embarrassing when they happen in public. They leave us vulnerable in front of people we may not even trust.

Can relate? Here are 5 tips to help you save face and stop panic attacks :

1. Breathe
When you feel the anxiety rushing in, inhale deeply and exhale slowly. Repeat.

2. Calm down
Leave the place of conflict. Take a walk outside for a while. Wash your face with cold water. Drink water. Give yourself time and space to calm down.

3. Think of something positive

If a person or a situation scares the wits out of you, think of something funny. Or tell yourself it will be over soon. Stay positive.

4. Rest
Get a good 6-8 hours of sleep every day. This will help you function at your best.

5. Avoid caffeine
Avoid coffee, tea, sugar and other things that will make you even more nervous.


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