Before going into how to stop panic and anxiety attacks naturally, it makes sense to get to know what causes you to have terrifying panic attacks. Through this knowledge, you’ll be better able to appreciate just how natural remedies are able to stop these attacks.
In the main, anyone who suffers panic / anxiety attacks will usually have higher than normal (for them) levels of anxiety. In this situation all it takes is for the person to suffer a stressful event that adds to the already high anxiety so that it throws their total stress / anxiety levels ‘over the top.’
This increase fools your body into thinking it’s in mortal danger, so it triggers its ‘fight or flight’ response which means making very rapid changes in things like blood pressure, blood flow, chemical changes, etc. It does this to increase your speed, strength, vision, hearing, etc., to give you the best chance of survival.
But as you aren’t aware of any danger and these changes happen so fast, you start to experience a number of symptoms which you find puzzling and hence so terrifying, because you think you are having a heart attack or something similarly scary.
Typical panic / anxiety attack symptoms are; hyperventilation, racing / irregular heartbeat, tingling feeling in your extremities, hot / cold flashes, nausea, dizziness, feeling of being detached from reality, and, a feeling of impending doom.
Mainstream treatment is usually through drugs such as antidepressants, tranquilizers and sometimes beta-blockers. But they can have some terrible side effects, one of the worst being dependency issues, if not handled properly. So more and more people are looking for natural ways to stop panic and anxiety attacks.
How to Stop Panic and Anxiety Attacks Naturally
(1) As you’ve now seen previously, an attack is purely a natural reaction arising from a ‘mix-up’ between reality and what your body’s defense mechanism has wrongly perceived. So it’s a medical fact that a panic attack can’t harm you.
Let this fact be your starting point when you first sense the signs at the start of an attack. Keep in mind throughout, that this attack cannot harm you and will soon pass.
(2) Do not look inwards at your symptoms and analyze their severity, etc. This is a vicious cycle that will make the fear worse. Concentrate externally on physical things around you. Study them to keep your mind off your symptoms.
(3) If you are hyperventilating — short, shallow, rapid breathing — breathe into a paper or plastic bag to re-balance your body’s oxygen / carbon dioxide ratio.
And, as stated previously, keep in mind that you aren’t in any danger and the symptoms will pass. The better you do this the sooner it will pass.
These 3 steps are fundamental steps to help stop panic and anxiety attacks once they have started. But of course it’s much better to prevent them being triggered in the first place! And one of the biggest things to overcome is your fear (unconscious or conscious) of having another attack. This can actually trigger one!
This is a vicious cycle of anxiety that needs to be broken in order to prevent panic attacks and heal your general anxiety. Luckily, there are natural techniques that can help you do this. (See below).