lördag 23 januari 2010

Overcoming Panic Attacks

By Harry Constantine

People who suffer from panic attacks are aware of how serious they are. They can stop you enjoying life and in some cases keep you housebound and lonely.

How you overcome your panic attacks is a massive issue, because once you have overcome them you'll be able to get on with your life again. Many sufferers of panic attacks only wish to be able to live a normal life.

There are some easy techniques you can use to help you overcome panic attacks and stop them from happening as frequently.

Whenever you enter a state of panic, your breathing naturally becomes shallow and rapid. When you're in a relaxed state concentrate on your breathing and teach yourself to breath deeply and evenly from the bottom of your stomach. This kind of breathing needs to become second nature for you.

As soon as you feel a panic attack starting, focus on breathing in this deep, regular manner. It often helps to sit down and shut your eyes to allow yourself to focus on your breathing. This can generally be enough to stop a panic attack.

After some practise this can become second nature to you and when you start to panic you'll automatically breath deeply and relax, which can quell the emotions of panic. You may need a reminder to breath this way initially, perhaps write it on your hand or ask your friends to remind you.

If you are more relaxed then you may usually find it easier to deal with panic attacks. You can either attend yoga or meditation classes or teach yourself self hypnosis.

Panic attacks come from the sensation of being out of control, worry and not having the ability to cope. These all produce stress in you and stop you from thinking straight. Through these relaxation techniques you'll be able to release the strain and stop the panic attack from taking over.

When you understand what triggers a panic attack then you may be in a position to start out avoiding those situations. There are always going to be triggers you cannot avoid so you need to vary how you're feeling concerning them. There are a variety of techniques you'll use to try and do this, but one of the most effective is for you to visualize yourself just before you enter the situation feeling relaxed. Hold on to that feeling of relaxation and calmness as you expertise the situation in your mind.

As your sub-conscious mind does not understand the difference between what you imagine and what's real (just imagine one thing that hurt from the past to test the reality behind this) you will amendment how you're feeling concerning those situations.

From this visualization you can realize that situations that made you panic now only make you feel relaxed. It is an odd sensation when this happens.

With the techniques you've got just read you can overcome panic attacks. Be ready to be patient and to provide yourself a while and you may see nice results.

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