Dealing with Panic Attacks

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Panic attacks are very frightening. They make you believe you’re in an emergency. They’ll make you think you’re losing your mind, having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks can cause trembling, numbness, chills, hot flashes, sweating, abdominal cramping, chest pain, shortness of breath and rapid pounding of heart rate. Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear when there’s no real danger.

Panic attacks can be caused by stress or one’s temperaments – your disposition to handling uncertainty. But panic disorders can also be genetical. Whatever the cause, understand that panic does not last forever. Have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear. Your current challenges are stepping stones for promotion. Most of our worries never happen.

If you ever experience a panic attack, breathe deeply and practice tightening your muscles. Make a fist with your hand for 10 seconds. Then, let go of all the tension and relax.

Next, do a mind exercise. For example, try counting backward from 100 in groups of eight. Afterwards, try holding ice cubes or put an ice pack on your forehead. Ice or cold water are known to reduce anxiety. When you gain some calmness, take a walk outside – it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.

If symptoms persist, seek medical treatment. Remember, anxiety never solves your problems. On the contrary, anxiety complicates your problems. Learn to live a day at a time. Your destiny has already happened. Your duty is to find it. God is in control.

DR. K. N. JACOB

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