Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How to Overcome Panic Attacks With a Natural Approach

One of the things in my life that I am the most proud of is learning how to overcome panic attacks. It is amazing how much control you can gain over the situation once you have identified it and made the choice to fight it. This is an important choice as panic attacks can consume you if you do not fight them. They can make your life very difficult and even the smallest routine thing can become a huge situation in your life.

I wish I could say there is a magical way of how to overcome panic attacks. However, since the situation I had and what you are facing are different then it was to be approached differently. The feelings of panic and anxiety even to the point that you think you may have a medical condition though are very common. For me, they lasted less than a minute but that was enough to scare me very much and upset the balance that was in my life.

I did lots of research when it came to the topic. I went to my doctor first to make sure I did not have any type of medical problem that needed to be addressed. Once that was ruled out, and the assessment was that I suffered from panic attacks I made a plan of action to overcome them. My doctor did give me the option of using daily medication. I choice not to because I was still nursing my child at the time and I did not want to give that up.

However, many people do see great results in their efforts when they use medications. You may want to evaluate that option to see if it is right for you. I got myself in a healthier routine and that was a huge improvement for me. I made sure I ate right, made time each day to exercise, and that I got plenty of sleep. I also paid attention to what seemed to trigger my panic attacks.

In my situation stress seemed to be the biggest problem. I felt overwhelmed at times by certain things going on in my life. One of my goals for how to overcome panic attacks involved facing them. I decided to see a professional counselor and that did help. You need to be honest and identify what your triggers are. It can take some time to find out but make that a priority. Then you can devise a positive plan to help you make changes for the better.

Many people find that breathing techniques and talking themselves through panic attacks is very helpful. I tried these methods and they did work some but not enough for me to rely upon them alone. Do not be afraid to try new things to see if they make the situation easier for you. Find out what your options are and explore them so that you can get the most from them. You want to do what will work for you as an individual in your quest for how to overcome panic attacks.

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