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Anonymous asked: how did you deal with panic attacks?
wow this is a personal question to be answering… well erm, at the start I really didn’t deal with them… like at all, I got so down and depressed but tbh once you have them under control, you’re practically recovered.
what I got told, is where ever you’re having a panic attack, don’t run away. I know it’s the most daunting thing ever but the thing is, the long you stay in a place where you might have high anxiety, if you just leave, you teach your brain to believe you’re in a dangerous situation, which you aren’t, so the longer you stay in a situation which triggers your panic attacks, the more your brain will realise you’re not in a dangerous situation so the anxiety dies down. it’s a long process but it really does work.
another method is (this is more if you have panic attacks because you worry) is to put the thing you are worrying about into perspective. I used to have panic attacks about fainting or throwing up in classrooms, but you’ve got to tell yourself “what’s the worse that could happen?” And try and reason with yourself. so for my situation I would say, “I could pass out” but then think, so what? if I passed out someone would seek help and I would be helped. Usually then I would say “but I would get embarrassed” and then you just think like people will forget about it in a week, so you shouldn’t be scared or anything. also think, what are the odds of the worst thing happening? if you’re scared to get the train because you’re scared the train might crash, but it into reality and think, how often to trains crash? the odds are highly unlikely.
to deal with having a panic attack when you’re actually having one, control your breathing. you’re inhaling too much oxygen which makes you feel sick and light headed so slowing your breathing down will calm yourself down. breathe in through the nose, hold for 3 seconds then exhale out the mouth. the best method.
I hope this helped you :)