Monday, 6 June 2016

How to help with panic attacks

Hey Internet Friends,
Okay so I thought I'd share with you something I feel is very important. As a person who suffers with panic attacks, I know how frustrating it is when people tell you to "just calm down" or "stop worrying". So, here are some ways you can either help yourself or someone else who suffers with panic attacks.

First of all, make a note of days where you are either anxious or panicky. This might help you notice a pattern in when the attacks occur and so help you to prepare more for when they come. Like me, you may also struggle to find a pattern in them but sometimes it helps so you can keep track of when you get better or worse.

Secondly, take up a hobby to keep yourself busy on days where you don't feel too good. If, like me, you struggle to find the will or determination to do a hobby when you're down, talk about how you're feeling instead with someone close to you.

Thirdly, if you are with someone and they are having a panic attack, please under no circumstances ever tell them to "just calm down" as this can be very frustrating to a person as they will physically struggle to get over the attack. They are a horrible thing to experience so gently ask if there's anything you can do to help. If you know them well, maybe give them a hug. Reassure them that it'll pass and that everything will be okay. Giving them a glass of water also helps. Make sure you don't make them feel as though they're wasting you're time as this may just make it worse.

If you have any other tips or any questions about panic attacks, feel free to either comment on this post or contact me either through email or social media (all contact information can be found on the Contact Me page).

Love and Hugs,
1 More Blogger xox