How to Avoid Panic Attacks

Today I want to talk about how to avoid panic attacks.

If you have experienced a Panic Attack you will know how life stopping they  can be.  It can seriously affect your quality of life whilst invoking terror  about a repeat attack.  Worrying about your next panic attack can quite often be  the actual trigger of that Panic Attack.   You will also know that a full blown  Panic Attack can feel very much as if you are having a heart attack.  You will  become short of breath, your heart will race and you will feel palpitations  whilst becoming lightheaded and dizzy.  It is actually quite common for a  sufferer to feel like they are going to die whilst experiencing an attack.

Fortunately for those who are suffering with this ailment, it is a proven  fact that we will not die from this and that the attack will run its course and  stop or will be cut short by instantly removing the cause of the attack in the  first place.

When we are terrified of another attack we quite often hide ourselves away  from anything remotely likely to trigger an episode.  If we constantly remain  out of normal daily living because of this fear then we need to seek medical  help in the form of medication or therapy to empower ourselves and dispel the  threat of panic engulfing us.   We can help ourselves and reduce the intensity  and duration of panic attacks by carefully avoiding just the actual trigger  mechanism of an attack.  The biggest culprit in causing our attacks is stress  accumulated over a period of time,  maybe months or even longer.  If we can cut  down on the amount of stress we put ourselves through then we can also  dramatically reduce the frequency of attacks.

Certain situations will also be a trigger and if we can learn to avoid these  situations we will feel the benefit immediately, for example, if we get stressed  travelling on the busy highway to work because of hold ups and possibly arriving  late and being reprimanded, we need to plan a different route, leaving plenty of  time to get there thus removing the trigger and actually enjoying the journey  instead of dreading it.

If we practice avoiding situations which have in the past brought on a panic  attack then we will be able to lead as close to a normal life as possible.  We  should also be open minded in relation to medication and therapy as these too  can help us to avoid future attacks.

© Andrew Tudor Jones