How to Stop an Anxiety Attack
Fortunately, with the proper management plan for managing these attacks, they can be reduced in frequency and intensity.
You may benefit from a combination of techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or exposure therapy. Your healthcare provider may also prescribe antidepressants to help manage your feelings of fear and panic.
When an anxiety attack begins to set in, strive to stay present. This may be difficult at first, but with practice it will become easier.
Be curious about your environment – from smells and sounds to feelings of heat.
Take some deep breaths and focus on your surroundings.
Repeat a mantra internally, such as “This too shall pass,” that serves to remind you of your strength or resilience.
Remind yourself that you won’t faint during an attack because your blood pressure won’t drop if you suddenly lose consciousness.
If someone you care about is experiencing a panic attack, don’t make them feel any worse about themselves. Instead, discuss some of the strategies below with them so they can regain control and feel better.
The good news is that most people who suffer from panic attacks will recover and the attacks should fade on their own over time. However, if your symptoms are severe or frequent, it’s wise to seek professional assistance right away.