Sometimes you may feel as if you are going to have a panic attack , but does it really overtakes you, or you are just under high levels of stress?
A panic attack indicates a short period in which you’re overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. The attack usually lasts 5-20 minutes, and can be divided into three phases:
At first, something causes the body to react as a warning. For example, perhaps you are worried about the outcome of the situation and how you will solve the problem.
In the next phase occurs a physiological arousal. The body begins to react to fear. The usual symptoms are: increased sweating, shortness of breath, chills and nausea.
The body starts to perceive these symptoms as a total disaster, as the worst thing that may happen. Therefore, if anyone is experiencing tachycardia, may think it’s a heart attack.
What can you do?
The most important thing that you can do is to start breathing slowly and deeply. This will help you to keep your focus on something else, but also to increase the level of oxygen in the body.
When you manage to calm down, drink a little water, continue to breathe deeply and remind yourself that it’s just a panic attack it will pass.
Try focusing your thoughts on the fact that this is a panic attack, not a heart attack or stroke, as well as that you will not die, and this terrible feeling will pass.