How You Can Beat an Anxiety Attack
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Have you ever felt your heart being in your throat? Have you ever felt like you might pass out because you couldn’t breathe? Have you ever thought that your chest might explode? If you have felt any of these things than you may be one of the millions of people who have anxiety attacks. These attacks can be extremely scary and they can make you feel like you have no control at all. I have had anxiety attacks for 12 years. I have not had as many of them in the last few years as I used to have. However, my anxiety attacks at times have put me in the hospital. For the longest time, actually until about a month ago, I thought there was no hope. I thought I would never get over them or be able to control them that was until a certain counselor told me the negative thoughts in my head were just thoughts. I had the power to change thoughts into facts. This reality shook me for a bit and made me feel like I wasted a whole bunch of my life being anxious. In reality though, the past is the past and I can’t change that. However, just like me, all of you can take control now and beat an anxiety attack or feelings of anxiety. It does take practice but there are ways that this can be done.
What are Some Ways to Beat an Anxiety Attack?
Anxiety attacks can tear your whole life apart. They can ruin your relationships and they can make people think you have everything in your head. I had an experience recently at one of my Emergency Room visits for an anxiety attack where the nurse told me the following, “You can’t be doing this. You have kids and you can’t be acting like everything is falling apart.” I was so upset with her and I wouldn’t talk to anyone until they gave me a different nurse. What that nurse didn’t realize is that I wasn’t acting? I truly believed the thoughts in my head and they took control. I know that others have felt this way too. During my visit to the hospital where they had me stay for 6 days, I learned so much about my anxiety that I had never grasped before. I want to share this knowledge with others so that hopefully others who have anxiety attacks can beat their attacks as well. It is best to try to control anxiety on a regular basis but sometimes this just doesn’t happen. When this doesn’t happen it is good to know some ways to beat an anxiety attack.
Catch the anxiety attack symptoms as soon as possible. When you start feeling like negative thoughts are breaking through, catch these thoughts. There are many things that you can do with these thoughts once you recognize and catch them. You can pretend your head is a chimney and let them go out that way. You can write the thoughts down and burn the piece of paper. When you start feeling like your heart is beating too fast, stop what you are doing and take as many deep breaths as you need to regain at least some control. Once you have done this, go do something calming for you (journaling can be a great first choice), taking a hot bath, going for a walk, doing a puzzle, etc. It can be very helpful to do things that take your entire focus such as a puzzle so that you are getting away from your anxious feelings for a bit. When you feel like you are getting dizzy or your chest hurts the first thing to do is lay down. Then try some deep breathing while you are writing all of your feelings down. Call someone if you need to, someone who you can just vent to. This can often help more than you realize at the time.
After you catch the symptoms of an anxiety attack and address them as described above, realize that the thoughts in your head aren’t true. You have the control to make the thoughts into facts. I have been there so often, letting my thoughts take control. One of the things that I have done recently is I have told myself that the thoughts in my head were lies. This gave me the strength to change the thoughts into facts. For example: I thought that my husband was blaming me for something that I hadn’t done. I told myself that thought was a lie. I realized that the fact was I guilt tripped him into feeling bad and that is why he said what he did. I have been working on this issue and things have gone better.
You can hit an anxiety attack head on. You can beat your anxiety attack. Start with the steps mentioned above.