Anxiety and panic attacks are some of the mental health issues that most of us go through and it’s quite normal. But, what can be effective methods to handle this extreme anxiety and panic attacks?
We all know that the most obvious way to extreme anxiety and panic attacks is through medication and therapy. However, most of us rarely use those methods because of our personal reasons.
Most of us seek someone’s presence to let us go through the situation while some of us need to engage our minds on something else. We all use different methods to go through extreme anxiety and panic attacks to collect ourselves from going insane.
Women on the internet going through such extreme anxiety and panic attacks have revealed some of the weird but effective methods that might probably work on you too. Let’s take a look and see if there’s any method that you would love to try or that might work for you perfectly.
1. “Ok, let’s get the obvious out of the way – the best way to handle these things is therapy & medication.
Do I do either of those things? No. A lot of us don’t lol.
Recognizing what I’m feeling is the biggest thing I do. I know enough about my disorders (anxiety, bipolar 2, compounded by a thyroid disorder) to be able to take a step back and be like “is this reality, or is my view of this situation being distorted by my brain chemicals being out of sorts?”. Once I realize I’m manic, or depressed I just tell myself that this is all cyclical & the decisions I make now will follow me.
For anxiety, I’ve found that cooking my body down helps. I turn the AC colder, stand in front of the freezer, take a few deep breaths and feel my brain cool down as my body cools down. Weird but it helps.”
2. “Cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants, workouts, and things I do as soon as I feel like an anxiety or panic attack might be coming (square breathing, mental body scans, drinking calming tea like chamomile, hawthorn, or lavender with honey, listening to relaxing music).”
3. “I have anxiety. I’ll isolate myself for a moment because I become irritable or really sad and I don’t want my household to deal with it. Once I get my feelings in check I just remind myself of the facts by writing/typing them out and saying them out loud. if I have anxiety about a very specific thing (ex: my relationship) I’ll repeat logical and factual statements about the situation in order to ground myself and prevent myself from falling into a hole of negative thoughts.
I’ve noticed that distracting myself is helpful too in case I can’t isolate myself. I’ll just clean or watch a really engaging movie and I’ve also noticed that exercise has helped with uplifting my mood even though I hate running LMAO. it takes time but these things help me realize that I am not my anxiety and that it’s not my truth.”
4. “One of the best things I do when I’m feeling anxious is I start writing lists. Like, I’ll write about the things I see, smell, touch, hear.”
5. “Journaling. Specifically art journaling. There’s something freeing about getting some of the chaos out of my head and onto paper.”
6. “Prevention. I know I can’t prevent them all the time but I still power through. I try to keep on keepin’ on because I know it’ll be done and over in a little while.”
7. “I’m a writer and I’d use that as a venting tool in the past but stopped (not sure why tbh), but I think ima purchase a stress toy, ya know something to substitute a more unhealthy habit that I’ve got accustomed to..my old therapist had one and I loved it :)”
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