Anxiety is already bad as it is but when you have a panic attack when you’re alone what can you do and what will help?
- Call someone
If you have someone you can trust, call them as they can help you get out of it quicker than trying to deal with it alone. I would find it easier to text or call somsone when an epidode occurs because that helps calm me down faster and it’s a great distraction.
Thanks Captian obvious. No really breathe, I mean it. It’s really hard to breathe when your mind is running at 100m/ph. The best thing you can do is catch your breath first before you can do anything else. Try to find safe place and be still. Catch your breathe and once you’re ready to move on, you can carry on with your day. Breathing exercises are really helpful too.
- Get enough Sleep
Sleep can give you the energy to cope with difficult feelings and experiences.mind.org.uk
I noticed whenever I didn’t sleep well I was more prone to getting panic attacks but everyone is different, nevertheless, sleep is very important. Having pro-longed low energy when you have anxiety really doesn’t help your mental health at all, it’s much easier to deal with day to day tasks when awake and aware of what’s happening.
- Talk to yourself
Set aside a specific time to focus on your worries – so you can reassure yourself you haven’t forgotten to think about them. Some people find it helps to set a timer.mind.org.uk
I always do try to find time to talk about my worries to myself. Why do I feel this way? Why did it happen? Why is it happening? I do this when the attack is happening or later on, sometimes there’s a reason and other time their isn’t one, it helps understand yourself better and I recommend it to anyone with an anxiety.
Other suggestions according to mind.org.uk
- Take care of your physical healthy, think about your diet ”Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can make a difference to your mood and energy levels.”
- Exercise – ”Exercise can be really helpful for your mental wellbeing.”
- Keep a diary – ”It might help to make a note of what happens when you get anxious or have a panic attack. This could help you spot patterns in what triggers these experiences for you, or notice early signs that they are beginning to happen.”
Not everyone has someone when they have an anxiety attack, calling someone or texting someone isn’t an option therefore it’s important to know a few other techniques to help when feeling anxious. If it gets too much to handle I highly suggest seeing a therapist as they can be of great help. You aren’t alone in this.