Anxiety, being one of the most common companions of stress, which has crawled under our skin so much, due to our busy and hectic lifestyles and millions of different social obligations, takes its toll heavily on the modern man. Namely, we are all troubled by stress daily. Thus, we may cope with some of it. However, excessive exposure to stress for a longer period of time may only result in some serious problems. One of the most common stress escalations are notorious anxiety attacks.
Facts about Anxiety Attacks
These attacks are manifested through shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, hot flushes or chills, all potentially striking at the same time. Along with these, personality changes and other consciousness issues are bound to happen. All these make one lose his/her grip on him/herself for several minutes, being unable to react properly to anything from reality.
How to Stop Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks are mainly biological, in nature. They are our body's response to something that our brain perceives as a life-threatening danger. Thus, in these situations, our body reacts through elevated heartbeats, quick breathing and sharpened senses, allowing us to escape from death. Yet, these symptoms can easily overwhelm a person if he/she does not take control.
So, once a panic attack strikes, you need to take full control over your breathing, keeping it slow and relaxed. This will slow down your heartbeats too, decreasing sweating and dizziness. Shut your eyes and and gain this control over yourself. Alternatively, you can take a paper bag and breathe into it, even though this method can only make matters worse in some people.
Sometimes, anxiety attacks appear when you have not eaten or drunk enough lately. Alternatively, if you have been drinking a lot of coffee, your chances of suffering from a panic attack increase. Cigarettes have the same effect. Thus, make sure you are well hydrated and fed. This state will prevent anxiety attacks effectively.
Once the Attack is Over...
When you manage to grasp your former self once again, after an attack, give your best to find the reason behind your panic attacks. Most commonly, stress is the main culprit. If this is the case, get rid of it through yoga, meditation, tai-chi, walking or some other physical activities.
Having hobbies can improve your mental health and remove anxiety attacks from your life too. However, if you cannot manage to stop your anxiety attacks through these methods, you might want to consult with your doctor and seek professional medical treatment.