Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Top 10 List Of Do's And Don'ts During An Anxiety Attacks

By Zul Rahman

Most of us came across an anxiety attacks at one time or another in our life. Strangely enough we didn't even know that we were under anxiety attacks. What are the do's and don'ts when we are under attacks?

1) Don't tell yourself that you are dying because you are not.

Sometimes under a severe anxiety attacks you may feel like you are dying. Just calm down because you are not dying. When the attacks is over everything is back to normal.

2) Do not breathe from your chest. Take a deep breath from the abdomen.

Even under normal circumstances, chest breathing would means that you are in fear. Chest breathing could lead to increase in dizziness and numbness during anxiety attacks.

3) Please keep negative thought out of your mind.

Your anxiety attack will get worse if you keep telling yourself negatively such as I am going to faint soon or I won't be able to breathe.

4) Be on the positive side.

Positive thinking would help yourself to overcome your anxiety problem easier. Tell yourself that this is just temporary and you are going to get through this soon.

5) There are health care professionals that are ready to help you.

Your own family doctors, counselors, psychologist, psychiatrist and mental health professionals should be able to advise you on how to cope with anxiety attacks.

6) People who are close to you like your spouse, children or trusted friends deserve to know and share your problems.

Getting your problems out of your chest would relieve half of your burden. People who are close to you could provide comfort and help to alleviate your problems.

7) Stick to the medication schedule that was prescribed to you by your doctor. Get your medication on time and follow the routine that was advised by your health care professionals.

8) Don't feel hopeless

Be energetic. Charge up your confidence level. Take a challenge to tackle the anxiety problem that you have. Remember as the saying goes, nothing to fear but the fear itself.

9) You are not the only one with anxiety problems.

There are many support groups that are available in your area that you may not aware of. They are people that are facing the same challenge as you. Join them and be an active participant so that you could benefit from their resources.

10) Start educating yourself about anxiety and panic attacks.

There are many educational materials that you can get such as books, audio and video materials. The more educated you are about panic and anxiety attacks, the less fear you have. With more knowledge you are able to manage your problems wisely.

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