It can appear out of the blue, for no apparent reason, leading you to believe that you are going to die, right there, right now, in the middle of everything.
Your palms get sweaty, your heart pounds, you tremble and shake.
All of a sudden, you can’t breathe and you’re sure you’ve forgotten how.
The world spins around you and blood rushes to your face, giving you a hot flash.
You feel like you are going to black out and lose all control.
But there is no physical threat….nothing is trying to hurt you. It’s all in your mind.
Your body is reacting to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Your sympathetic nervous system has perceived a threat and signaled the release of stress hormones into your bloodstream. Whatever the trigger, and in most cases there doesn’t appear to be one, the brain interprets that you are being threatened and initiates the fight or flight response. This is a very important life-saving response…unless there is no threat, and it doesn’t shut off.
Facts About A Panic Attack
It can appear at random.
- May run in families.
- Can be mild to severe.
- Usually lasts 5 to 20 minutes, peaking at around 10 minutes.
- Can come in clusters for up to an hour.
- Can have “aftershocks” days later.
- It comes in the form of a vicious cycle. You can feel symptoms coming on, which increases the release of more stress hormones, which heightens fear, which heightens the possibility of an attack and on and on.
- The release of adrenalin leaves you shaky, edgy, and confused, with all of your senses heightened.
- You feel disoriented.
- Your heart races.
- Your legs get rubbery.
- Your mind races to find the threat on the outside, and when it can’t find it there, starts believing the threat is on the inside, leading you to believe that you are going to die, that your heart is going to stop beating, and that you will forget to breathe and suffocate.
- Leaves you feeling worn out and extremely anxious, like you just been physically attacked.
What To Do During A Panic Attack
- Take yourself to a safe place…if you are driving, pull over.
- Acknowledge to yourself that you are having a panic attack.
- Don’t fight the feelings-don’t hold your breath.
- Try to detach and just observe yourself, the feelings you are having.
- Distract yourself by trying to focus on the outside world instead of your inside world.
- Breathe deeply. This is the most important thing you can do. Breathe through your nose, into your stomach, and exhale slowly. This will either eliminate the panic attack completely, or drastically alleviate it.
- Change your brainwaves. Carry an mp3 player with you, and listen to a brainwave entrainment recording, the second you think an attack is imminent. If you do this at the first sign or symptom, you can stop an attack in its tracks.
- Once you’ve calmed yourself down, drink some water, eat something…your blood sugar levels may be off.
- Try to incorporate a stress relief method into your daily routine. Once you’ve had a panic attack, you may have another, so eliminate any precursors that you can.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks is by stimulating your brainwave patterns into a relaxed state.
Brainwave entrainment can take you from an agitated state of mind to a relaxed state of mind, in as little at 6 minutes. Anxiety diminishes as you listen to specifically designed recordings that alter your state of consciousness.
With repeated use of these recordings, your brain will adopt the relaxed state as your normal state of mind and generalized anxiety will dissolve.
Brainwave entrainment is an effective, natural solution to relieve panic attacks.