How to Cope with Anxiety Attacks

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How to Cope with Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety is a mental health disorder that affects millions of Americans every day. It affects young children up to grown adults. Anxiety can cause an individual to have problems in the workplace or prevent longevity in relationships.

It is constant nervousness and worries that one experiences daily. Anxiety can affect a person in a very negative way. It can prevent them from engaging in daily routines that are necessary for normal function.

Anxiety is much more than a feeling. It is a product of the body’s fight or flight response, anxiety also involves a wide range of physical symptoms that include:

  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent urination
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension or twitches
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Insomnia

Because of the physical aspect of anxiety, a lot of time it goes misdiagnosed. An anxiety attack or a panic attack are episodes of panic or fear. They usually occur suddenly and without warning. Sometimes there is an obvious trigger, however, in some cases they come out of the blue.

When this occurs it can feel very scary to the individual that is experiencing the attack. It is very important to be hypervigilant of the fact that these attacks can occur out of the blue and to jot down when you experience them.
If you are operating any sort of machine or vehicle when this occurs, get to a safe place.

These attacks can sometimes cause you to pass out or hinder your ability to make cognitive decisions. What is helpful for some is to call another person right away. Sometimes other people can help us by talking to us or grounding us. If that doesn’t help try grounding exercises. Try to remind yourself of where your feet are planted and where your hands are.

Another useful tactic is labored breathing. When you experience an attack your breathing turns into hyperventilation and you can’t breathe properly. Try your best to labor your breathing and stay aware of it. If you are at home, getting in the cold shower can help you come out of it.

Make sure to keep your body moving if you can, these attacks can get worse when you are not physically moving your body. Another helpful mechanism is talking to your family or work about what measures you can take when these come on so that you are in a safe place.

Avalon Malibu has the experience and treats Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks, and Panic Attack Disorder. They treat other mental health disorders as well. If you or a loved one needs help in recovering from this call today at (844) 857-5992.

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