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How to Cope With Panic Attacks in Difficult Times

Only people who have experienced panic attacks know how daunting and unpleasant it is. A panic attack includes sweating, palpitations, increased heartbeat, and breathlessness amongst other symptoms. In times of

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Only people who have experienced panic attacks know how daunting and unpleasant it is. A panic attack includes sweating, palpitations, increased heartbeat, and breathlessness amongst other symptoms. In times of crisis, especially with what’s happening around the world in countries like Ukraine and Palestine, people can suffer from anxiety, stress, and sudden panic attacks. However, there are a few ways to overcome a panic attack and it is useful to know of these strategies.

Keep reading to find out.

Work with your mind

Focus your mind on happy and relaxing thoughts. Divert your mind from the current situation you are in, and take yourself mentally to a happy place. This could be thinking about your family or going back in time to a happy memory. You can also imagine yourself in positive situations or try to picture yourself in calm scenarios such as near a flowing stream or on top of clouds.

Focus on your body

Stay in the same position you are in and try to relax your body and muscles. Focus from one point and go to another. For example, try to relax your forehead then go down to your shoulder all the way to your toes. You can also try to stretch or do a yoga pose. One more thing you can do is to repeat a mantra like motivational words or some religious chants.

Practice deep breathing

One of the best ways to overcome a panic attack is by practicing breathing exercises. All you have to do is breathe deeply and slowly. Feel your lungs expand and take in all the air and let it out from your mouth. Be mindful about your breathing and keep reminding yourself that the panic attack will pass. Panic attacks are scary to experience but they are not life-threatening. A panic attack will not cause any harm physically to your body and the good news is that you can get over it in as less as 5 minutes.

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