What NOT to do when Having a Panic Attack


Having a panic attack is one of the scariest experiences you can ever have. If you happen to suffer from an anxiety attack disorder, then you know you can have a panic attack any time. 
Since that is a fact you cannot escape from, it is important then that you keep yourself safe and in one piece when having a panic attack.
Often, people do not know what to do before or during an anxiety attack. This leads panic disorder sufferers to react in such an unsafe manner that they unknowingly put themselves in greater danger.
Can you imagine what would happen if you were having a panic attack while you were crossing a road or operating a motor vehicle or climbing a flight of stairs… and you reacted the wrong way?  
To prevent yourself from having an accident when a panic attack hits you, you should know what are the actions or behaviour you must avoid to remain safe.
Don’t forget, a panic or anxiety attack is actually just in the mind. It cannot harm you in reality. But falling down a flight of stairs because you panicked and lost your footing could.
To stay on the safe side, just follow the tips given below:
Do Not Resist
If you feel you are having a panic attack very soon, it is important not to resist or fight it. Fighting an anxiety attack with all your might would only serve to worsen it. That means you will feel its symptoms more intensely, and it would last longer than it should.
Do Not Scare Yourself 
When having a panic attack, never believe that you are dying or are losing control. If you honestly believe a panic attack would harm you, then you are unwittingly intensifying the terrible experience, which could cause you to totally freak out and meet an accident. 
What you should do when having an anxiety attack is ride it out. Just roll with the punches. And the whole time you are doing this, repeat to yourself the fact that nobody dies from a panic attack. The more you are able to do this, the lesser your fear becomes—and the weaker the attacks would get. 
Do Not Forget to Control your Breathing 
Many anxiety disorder sufferers tend to forget to control their breathing when having a panic attack. The result: thoracic breathing. This is the kind of breathing that you would like to avoid during an anxiety attack. 
Thoracic breathing is short, shallow breaths that could lead to hyperventilation, dizziness, confusion. Here, the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body go haywire. 
To prevent this, do deep and slowly breathing. Inhale deeply, and exhale slowly. This has a calming effect and would do wonders for you during a panic attack.
Do Not Be Alone
In case you do lose control, having someone there to hold you and control your movements could save you from potential accidents.
Remember, too, that a companion gives you comfort and the support you need at such a situation. His presence when you are having a panic attack could only be beneficial to you.
Anxiety attacks can strike from out of the blue. With this threat out there, it is important that you know what to do and what not to do. That way, you can survive an attack without making it any worse.  

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