What is the best way to treat an anxiety attack? How can you stop an anxiety attack once it’s started? No matter how often you experience anxiety attacks, you want a solution you can turn to. In this guide, we will look at three proven ways to treat anxiety attacks, courtesy of Urban Balance counseling centers.
Breath control is a simple and effective way to calm a panic attack. Breathe in slowly over the course of four seconds. Then exhale slowly for four seconds. You could also imagine that you are inhaling scent from a hot cup of soup. Blow on the imaginary soup to cool it down. Repeat this process several times over.
The slow inhalation and exhalation will help your pulse get back to a steady rate. During a panic attack, your pulse may feel heavy or rapid. This intensifies anxious feelings and prolongs the anxiety attack. After several rounds of controlled breathing, you should feel relief from the rapid pulse.
Grounding (The 5 Senses)
Another proven way to stop an anxiety attack is through grounding. This involves tapping into your senses – sight, sound, taste, smell, touch. Identify things you can see, feel or hear around you. “That is the pillow I sleep on. This is the rug by my bed.” Not only will this distract you from the anxiety, but it will also make you feel safe and secure. Even if you are in an unfamiliar space, you can comfort yourself by finding things around you that you recognize.
Anxiety Attack Prevention
Stopping a panic attack is great, but preventing it is even better. With anxiety therapy, you can find coping strategies that address the root cause of your anxiety. Treating the anxiety from the source can reduce all of your anxiety symptoms and teach you how to handle anxiety triggers. You’re less likely to experience anxiety attacks as a result.
The solutions that work for you may not work well for someone else. Your therapist will recommend personalized tools that you can turn to. The more tools you have, the better equipped you will be when anxiety strikes.
Urban Balance offers confidential anxiety counseling near you. Contact us to get matched with a licensed therapist.