Simple life hacks to stop anxiety attacks
Panic attacks (also or well referred to as anxiety attacks) are a frightening and isolating experience. If you want to know how to stop anxiety attacks naturally we first must understand panic attacks and what makes them occur. Everyone’s reasons for having panic attacks are different and must be seen as such. Ever heard the expression “Knowledge is power”?
Having an attack or the thought of having one makes you feel powerless.
If you have a good understanding of what causes your panic attacks then you will feel the power shift back towards you and regain control. Stopping anxiety attacks naturally is only possible when you have a solid understanding of why you’re experiencing them.
So what exactly are anxiety/ panic attacks?
Anxiety attacks are sudden periods of intense fear. In many cases, these attacks strike out of the blue and often without any warning. The feeling of dread and apprehension will peak within around 10 minutes and you will experience some of the most common symptoms:
•accelerated heart rate
•shortness of breath
Panic attacks can occur randomly or can be triggered by stressful life events.
An attack can last anything between 5 to 30 minutes. But remember you are not in danger. It’s your body’s natural defense system being triggered.
For the most severe cases, beta blockers (anti-anxiety medication), antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have proven to be helpful. But these treatments are dependent on the person, the same treatment for one sufferer may not be affective for another.
There are ways to stop anxiety attacks naturally. Fortunately these are relatively simple methods which you can use to shift the balance of power in your favor.
If you’re wondering how to stop anxiety attacks naturally it’s probably because you’ve had some problems with drug-based meds. You aren’t alone, many sufferers have found the same; their side effects are just too much and / or they relapsed once they came off their medication. Here, you’ll learn how to stop anxiety attacks naturally.
First let’s look at why drug-based medications can be problematical for many folks…
Your doctor will normally prescribe things such as tranquilizers, antidepressants and perhaps beta blockers. Generally speaking their purpose is to manage your psychological symptoms by acting on the chemicals in your brain, and, in the case of beta blockers, manage your physical symptoms of anxiety. Some tranquilizers can start working very quickly, some antidepressants may take several weeks before your symptoms start to fade.
The downsides of drug-based medications are that they aren’t a ‘cure’ for anxiety, they can only help to control and manage your symptoms whilst you are on them. When you’ve finished the treatment and you come off the drugs you’re anxiety can return again. The other downside is that many of the meds have side effects ranging from the relatively minor to pretty serious, e.g. nausea to dependency. These are just some of the reasons why people like yourself are searching for answers on how to stop anxiety attacks without drug-based medication.
Now let’s turn to how to stop anxiety attacks naturally…
The natural approach to stopping anxiety attacks is all about reducing your general anxiety levels and relieving stress. This is because anxiety attacks are often triggered by you being faced with a stressful situation that builds-up on top of your already higher-than-normal levels of anxiety. This increase in anxiety can drive your unconscious mind ‘over the top’ and so trigger an anxiety attack, also called a panic attack.
If you can reduce your general anxiety enough then an everyday stressful situation is less likely to trigger a panic attack. There are non-drug therapies such as, counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, support groups, and even things like acupuncture. You can get advice on these from your doctor.
The problem though, in addressing just your general anxiety, is that it is heavily influenced by your ‘fear’ of having another anxiety / panic attack. You may be aware of this fear or not, but it does exist. And it exists because the symptoms of an attack are so frightening (e.g. believing you are having a heart attack) that you don’t want to have another.
Your fear is thus continually adding to your general anxiety so that as long as it remains it’s very difficult to cure your anxiety. In other words, you need to eliminate your fear first, in order to get rid of your general anxiety. Now, even if you wanted to stay with your meds, they cannot eliminate your fear, only you can. So to truly stop anxiety attacks naturally you need to face your fear.
And the first thing you need to do is always remember that the symptoms of an anxiety attack cannot harm you. The horrible symptoms that you experience are just the result of your unconscious mind mistaking your sudden spike in anxiety and stress as a life-threatening situation. It then implements it’s primeval reaction which we call today ‘fight or flight’. It almost instantly conditions your mind, senses and body to put you into the most favorable state to be able to fight or run away from danger. The symptoms you experience are the result of that process. That’s all they are, symptoms, you aren’t in any danger.
A key element in how to stop anxiety attacks naturally is to find a technique to help you get rid of your fear. Here’s just a sample of what you can achieve using effective techniques…
You can face up to your fear by trying to trigger an anxiety attack without waiting for the next one. Try that right now; try to trigger an anxiety attack as you read this. Try as hard as you can. You can’t can you? The reason is simple; you’ve faced up to your fear by trying to invoke the thing that you most fear. You have taken back control and diffused your fear, at least for the term of this experiment. This just gives you a taste of what you can achieve, with the proper techniques.