Have you ever heard to the term panic attack? Well all us must have panicked at some point of our life. I panic when I don’t get what I want. One of my friends used to panic before the start of any test or exam.
Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or apprehension that are of sudden onset and of relatively brief duration. Panic attacks usually begin abruptly, reach a peak within 10 minutes, and subside over the next several hours. Often those afflicted will experience significant anticipatory anxiety and limited symptom attacks in between attacks, in situations where attacks have previously occurred. The effects of a panic attack vary. Some, notably first-time sufferers, may call for emergency services. Many who experience a panic attack, mostly for the first time, fear they are having a heart attack or a nervous breakdown. Experiencing a panic attack has been said to be one of the most intensely frightening, upsetting and uncomfortable experiences of a person’s life and may take days to initially recover from. Repeated panic attacks are considered a syndrome of panic disorder. (Wikipedia)
Anyway, what I am trying to tell is that though all us panic but, those who suffer from panic attacks it is a different story. A person may have such attacks without any reason.
Shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, nausea, tingling or numbness in your hands, arms, feet or legs, chills or hot flashes are some of the symptoms of panic attacks. Panic attack can last from minutes to hours.
Tips to tackle panic attacks:
Mentioned below are some tips that should be kept in mind if you or someone you know suffer from panic attacks.
• Avoid substances which have caffeine or alcohol in them, as they can worsen panic attacks.
• Engaging in aerobic exercise and stress-management techniques like deep breathing and yoga on a regular basis, these activities have been found to help decrease panic attacks.
• Anxiety can quickly pop up when our energy levels are low. So it is very important to take rest if you want to tackle panic attacks.
• Relax your shoulders and become aware of any strain or tension that you may be feeling in your muscles.
• Control your breathing.