The 3 Things NOT to do during a panic attack:
- Do NOT fight a panic attack.
The number one mistake people make when they feel a panic attack begin, is to try and fight or resist it. It is an automatic response to want to fight the panic off but it does not help, in fact it makes matters worse. What we resist persists. You need to adopt a new approach of ‘non-resistant flow’.
- Do NOT fear ‘losing control’
The second mistake people make when having a panic attack is to fear they are going to lose control of their body or their minds. That is really not the case. Your body and mind are well able to handle the heightened nervous arousal of a panic attack. Learn how to let go of this fear.
- Do NOT think this will last forever
Panic attacks have a natural cycle of peaking and then easing off. Like a wave rising and falling, they do pass. Remind yourself of this fact when you fear the panic attack will never end. It will not escalate to the point of no return. Continue reading below to see if your panic and anxiety is the same as most other people who visit this site.
A message from Barry McDonagh:
Has any of this ever happened to you?
- Maybe you have found yourself in the hospital’s ER because you thought you were having a heart attack, only to be told later it was anxiety?
- Do you ever fear you might stop breathing because your chest feels tight and your breathing is erratic?
- When you drive, do you fear the idea of getting stuck in traffic, on a bridge, or at a red light?
- Do you ever feel afraid you might lose control or go insane?
- Have you struggled with anxious, intrusive thoughts?
- Do you ever feel uncomfortable in enclosed spaces such as supermarkets, cinemas, public transport, or even sitting at the hairdresser’s?
- Do you fear socializing because you might get anxious and have to leave in a hurry? What will they think, right?
Creator of the Panic Away Program In the past 10 years, The Panic Away Program has touched over 150,000 lives in 32 countries worldwide. People from all walks of life have used it from soccer moms to celebrities.
I know how you feel because
I have been there too!
- I know you fear that this problem will get worse, and you fear you might eventually lose control.
- I know you feel anxious doing very simple things like standing in a queue, driving or even leaving your home.
- I know you have tried other treatments and traditional ‘coping’ exercises that did not work.
- I also know most people in your life don’t get it. They wonder why you are so anxious all the time and wish you would just ‘snap out of it.’