Panic attacks are extreme and sudden surges of panic or anxiety. These attacks are devastating, and they have both physical and emotional symptoms.
People who have gone through the panic attacks feel problems in breathing, heavy sweating, and trembling.
Some people can also experience pain in their chests during a panic attack, and they often link the panic attack with a heart attack. In some cases, it is reported that in panic attack situations, people also feel like they are having a stroke.
According to the American Psychological Association, 1 out of every 75 people may suffer a panic disorder.
Symptoms of a panic attack:
Some common symptoms of a panic attack are:
- Racing heartbeat
- Problems in breathing
- Numbness in the hands
- Chest pain
What causes panic attacks?
The causes of panic attacks are not that clear. Many studies and researches have claimed that panic attacks are genetically linked. Whereas according to some other studies, panic attacks occur due to major changes in our lives. For instance, getting married, having your first child, or leaving your home state are all significant life events that can lead to panic attacks.
How is the panic attack treated?
Treating panic attacks requires a focus on removing the primary symptoms. You can remove the signs through some natural practices, through therapy with a professional and medication. Therapy involves CBT and hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy enables you to modify your actions so that you can know about the panic attacks and face your fear.
Tips for treating panic attacks
Use deep breathing
While breathing at a rapid pace is a primary symptom of a panic attack and also increases the fear, deep breath can significantly reduce this symptom during a panic attack.
Take deep breaths in and out by using your mouth. Breathe in for approx. Four seconds, and hold for a couple of seconds, and then gradually breathe out.
Recognize that you have a panic attack
Try to recognize that you are going through a panic attack rather than a stroke or heart attack. In this way, you can recap that this situation is temporary, and it will pass.
Practicing Mindfulness frequently can help realize you about the reality of what surrounds you. As these panic attacks often cause a feeling of separation from reality, this can contest a panic attack.
Use muscle relaxation techniques
Same like a breathing technique, muscle relaxation can also stop the panic attack by guiding your body’s response.
Try to relax a single muscle. Please don’t overdo it. Take a start with anything easy and simple to perform. Such as moving your way up your body. Muscle relaxation techniques are quite useful if you know about them and practiced them before.
Use lavender essential oil
Lavender is soothing and stress-relieving. It keeps your body at ease. If you have panic disorders, apply lavender oil on your hands and also on your forearms during a panic attack. Try to breathe in the smell of lavender.
Picture your happy place
Try to think about the most relaxing place in the globe. A blue sky, a beach with soft rolling waves. Or a valley and the mountains. Imagine yourself there, and focus on the details as much as you can.
These were some basic remedies, and lifestyle changes can help a lot in treating panic attacks. We are confident that these will work for you, but in case if you are unable to treat the panic attacks even after using these remedies, we will recommend that you seek advice from the experts.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change.
- Support kicking bad habits and behaviours
- Rapidly reduce stress
- Promotes healthy sleep
- Treat anxiety and depression
Why Choose Chris Hughes Hypnotherapy?
Chris Hughes has over 10 years practicing as a clinical hypnotherapist providing hypnosis based treatment in London and Oxfordshire. Chris is validated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. This council assess the training of all their members to ensure they have the correct training. Chris is also a senior member of the General Hypnotherapy Register which is currently the largest professional registering organisation for practicing hypnotherapists in the UK.