Experiencing Panic Attacks? 4 Ways To Address Them
Frequent panic attacks – episodes of severe anxiety that last for 10 minutes or more, and occur for no obvious reason – affect many people. While drugs are commonly prescribed to curb the attacks, other natural ways of treating the condition may be just as beneficial without concerning side effects. If you or a loved one has panic attacks, try to relax and go with the flow when an attack occurs:
- Train yourself to stay in the moment – don’t think about what will happen next.
- Try cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). These interactive sessions have been shown to be as effective as some medications in preventing panic attacks. Contact a therapist that specializes in CBT for more information.
- Practice breathing. Breathing exercises can help to relax you, and can help prevent hyperventilation (or holding your breath) during an attack. My 4-7-8 breathing pattern may be just the thing to promote relaxation and take your mind toward counting rather than your symptoms.
- Take preventive steps. Some people suffer from panic attacks more often in certain locations or situations. If this is the case, try taking holy basil, l-theanine or an herbal tea for anxiety beforehand.
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