Help! I’m Having a Panic Attack

Help! I’m having a Panic Attack!

If you have ever experienced a panic attack you then know how frightening it is. You are hyperventilating.

In the event you don’t appreciate what is happening when you are hyperventilating, I’ll explain it in simple terms. During the attack, the blood vessels into the surface of your body constrict and the bloodstream gets redirected to a muscles. The heart speeds up to deliver gas (the oxygen laden blood) to a cells. The saliva glands dry up in anticipation of excess perspiration. The rest of the bodily functions slow down ready for the fight or flight response. Adrenaline is released to the body which magnifies the entire experience. This leads to an extreme state of anxiety.

Here is a method that’s been demonstrated to work for some, if you are having a panic attack-

This is a bit of a clich actually but have you ever heard of the paper bag method??

Whenever you’re having a panic attack, you’re over-breathing. This lowers the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, making you feel even worse. So, what you can do is to compensate for this by build up the amount of carbon dioxide from the body . It works because you’re breathing in the exact same air . Should you don’t have a paper bag on youpersonally, don’t worry, you can cup your hands instead to mimic a tote.

However, a word of caution, studies have proven that the paper bag method can sometimes make things worse if you are actually having a heart attack or an asthma attack. But don’t worry; it’s good for hyperventilation syndrome.

Alternatively and equally as effective is that you might also take slow deep breaths. Studies have revealed that that breathing slowly and sends a message to the mind and body that is well, thereby interrupting the anxiety cycle. Deep diaphragmatic breathing requires all of the abdominal muscles to compress and to expel the air from the lungs completely. This will slow down your heartbeat that will, in turn reverse everything that was happening before.

Breathing Exercise to Reduce Panic Attacks

The above breathing exercises may be achieved before the onset of a panic attack, so, preventing it in the first place. The next time that you’re starting to feel stressed, try the breathing exercise and I am certain you will experience positive outcomes.

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