This post is being written following the success of my last post, What My Anxiety Attacks Feel Like.
Today I thought I’d just share a few tips about how I deal with my anxiety attacks, and a few coping methods I use to get myself through them. A small disclaimer, I’m not a doctor, nor am I an expert, but I do experience anxiety attacks first hand and I am writing this post to share some methods of coping that work from my own experience, however I cannot guarantee that any of these methods will work for you.
- Concentrate on my breathing
Sounds obvious, but this is the most important thing to do whilst trying to cope with an anxiety attack. They aren’t fun, and they can be really scary and upsetting, but you must remember to breathe. I sometimes use videos on Youtube such as this one which help me to really control my breathing and calm myself down.
- Drink water
Again, sounds obvious, no break through here. But, sometimes in my state of panic I can completely forget about hydration, particularly if I am having a really bad night where I am having multiple panic attacks continually. Water just helps me though, it is a necessity and it helps me with the sick feeling I tend to get.
- Cold Ice Pack
This is pretty specific to my experience, as this helps MASSIVELY with my cramps. However, if you have cramps too, I would 100% recommend an ice pack to ease them, it works so well for me!
This is quite a common technique used by anxiety sufferers. But, if you have never come across the term before, this blog post is brilliant at explaining many different types of grounding techniques, and these have definitely helped me!
This doesn’t always work, but sometimes I can ease my anxiety attacks by busying myself with a task. Mobile games are fab for this, as are tasks which require a great amount of concentration such as writing blog posts ;).
- Wait it out
If worst comes to worst, you’ve just got to wait it out. But, remind yourself that you have done this before, and you have recovered from this before and you can do this. And, if you have someone to talk to, they can always be a good help!
Thanks for reading guys, I hope this has helped you a little! If you, yourself, experience anxiety attacks or know someone who does and know a few of your own coping techniques, please feel free to share them in the comments. Let’s all help each other out!