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Question by  VanillaTwilight (281)

When experiencing a panic/anxiety attack, what are some methods/thoughts that can take your mind off the attack (besides breathing techniques)?

I'm looking for ideas/thoughts to distract my negative thinking at the time of an attack. I already know breathing techniques and use them well. It's my mind that I need help with!


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

Choose a scent you like and smell it during something pleasant. When you have anxiety, think about this pleasant thing and use your scent. People use vanilla, perfume, mint, etc.


Answer by  raun08 (1839)

I use visualization techniques to help with my attacks, along with the breathing which you mentioned. It depends on what kind of panic I'm having. If I feel rushed and out of control, I imagine myself at the center of a great oak tree with roots deep into the earth. If I feel confined and cornered, I imagine soaring freely.


Answer by  lovelife (998)

Use guided imagery to assist with controlling your panic attacks. Imagine a place that represents a sense of calmness to you. It can be a real or an imagined place. Picture yourself in that place, close your eyes and imagine what it looks like and how you feel while being there. Learning to relax will decrease occurrence of panic attacks.


Answer by  worker8915 (8)

During a panic attack, you should place a cool rag on your neck to help with the hot flash. You should also walk around the room and humm something soft.

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