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Panic Attacks & How to Alleviate Them

If you're someone who suffers from panic attacks, you'll know that each day can seem something of a struggle. When leaving the house, you might feel on edge or even anxious that you'll be happily going about your day before a panic attack unexpectedly strikes - and that's just the thing about panic attacks; they can come out of nowhere.

But if you can recognise the symptoms of a panic attack, you'll know how best to alleviate them.  Take a look at our top tips and you'll be ready to tackle those feelings of fear as and when they arise. Likewise, if a friend or family member suffers from panic attacks, you'll be confident you'll know exactly what to do.

What is a panic attack?

A feeling of sudden and intense anxiety, panic attacks can come with physical symptoms like shaking, nausea, a rapid heartbeat, and feeling disoriented. You may also have a dry mouth, feel breathless or dizzy, while also sweating profusely.

All in all, panic attacks really aren't nice - and while they're not dangerous, they can be very frightening, both for the person who's experiencing one (who may feel like they're about to collapse, have a heart attack, or even die*) and for those around them. Lasting between five minutes and half an hour, panic attacks can happen fairly regularly in those prone to them.

* Note: this is likely to be a feeling only - and it will pass. That said, we know how distressing panic attacks can be for those who experience them.

So, when you feel your stomach tightening and your breath becoming short, is there anything you can do? The NHS has plenty of sound advice via Paul Salkovskis - Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath. He says it's important not to let your fear of panic attacks control you, adding: "panic attacks always pass and the symptoms are not a sign of anything harmful happening".

Paul goes on to say you should 'tell yourself that the symptoms you're experiencing are caused by anxiety', and don't look for distractions. You should 'ride out the attack', he advises, adding: "Try to keep doing things. If possible, don't leave the situation until the anxiety has subsided."

It's important you understand your fears - and if certain things scare you, such as riding on public transport (for fear of a panic attack happening) try to do so with a friend, where possible. Click the link above for some helpful breathing exercises, too. These will help you manage the symptoms of a panic attack much easier. When you need comfort and reassurance, Bach's Rescue Remedy may also help a little.

 Here are a few more things to try:
Cutting Out Caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine can make panic attacks worse, so if you know you're prone to them, try reducing your intake - or cutting it out completely.
Eating Regularly
Keep your blood sugar levels up by eating often and well. A balanced, healthy diet will be much better for you than one that's full of sugar or fat. Don't be tempted to try stimulants like energy drinks, either, as the caffeine content can result in a panic attack.Exercising Often

We all know the benefits of exercising regularly, but for people who suffer from panic attacks, it can be even more important. Aerobic exercise will help you manage stress levels and relieve tension, boosting your confidence in the process.

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Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately

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