“One day at work I experienced my first panic attack. It was an unbelievably strange feeling of losing control of my body. It happens out of nowhere; I was just at my desk writing emails when suddenly I started to feel intense fear; I could feel that my voice choked. Nothing happened but I remember feeling like I was going to die right there.”
Those among us have experienced panic attacks might relate to what Katie shares on the Mental Health Foundation’s website. If you are someone who has encountered such episodes already know hard it gets to manage after effects of a panic attack. If you are at work and you suddenly start encountering some weird sensations that choke your breath and you fear that you are going to die, can only be a panic attack, it can be extremely challenging to manage panic attack at work.
However, if you were looking for tips on how to control your panic attack episodes and how to recognize that you are actually having a panic attack? Then this blog is written for people like you. In his well explained informative video in Kannada and English B.A. Ashwath talks about how to correctly recognize a panic attack phase
and what measures to take to recover when severe panic strikes.
Mr Ashwath has informed eLifeGuru about his expertise in dealing with a panic attack and anxiety. He has notified us that he holds an M. Phil Degree in Psychology. He has an associate membership with Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science and has completed Basic Lab in Human Process. He has also done a foundation course in Cognitive Hypnotic Coaching and Psychotherapy from Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Related Sciences.
A panic attack symptoms typically involve an intense fear of dying, losing control of one’s own body, going crazy and similar baffling and threatening surge of emotions. A panic attack symptoms typically make you feel that you are under grave danger.
Shortness of breath is one of the most common symptoms of a panic attack. Experiencing shortness of breath is terrifying and many describe it as a choking and smothering sensation. You need to practice deep breathing techniques. First, find a place to sit and try to calm yourself down with breathing techniques suggested by B.A Ashwath and other prominent psychologists. Start with sighing gently, as you do it let the shoulder and upper body relax down. Exhaling will help you to relax the muscle. Pause for few seconds and then slowly inhale through your mouth by pushing your stomach out. The stomach movement will help you to inhale more air comfortably without exhausting the upper body muscles. Repeat this 5-6 times and the shortness of breath will soon disappear.
Ashwath also talks about how placing your hand on your chest while exercising the breathing technique can give you a lot of relief. As placing your hand on your chest or stomach is reassuring that you aren’t losing yourself and can give you confidence while calming your down.
Call someone whom you can really trust and explain your situation. Don’t be in a hurry, talk slowly don’t exhaust yourself. Seek help from your family and friends, there is no shame in reaching out when you are in sheer need of doing so.
Want to know more about how to deal with a Panic attack? Are anxiety and panic attacks making your life a living hell? Talk to a Guru before it’s too late. Book an appointment with B.A Ashwath and reclaim your life.