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How to Stop an Anxiety Attack in Minutes

How to Stop an Anxiety Attack in Minutes  How to Stop an Anxiety Attack in Minutes 

During an anxiety attack, you react to something that is causing you stress and feel scared. Although there are some connections, anxiety attacks are not the same as panic attacks. Researchers point out that the main difference is that anxiety attacks are caused by a stressor while panic attacks can appear for no reason. Nevertheless, you can learn how to stop an anxiety attack in minutes.

Recognize the Symptoms

Before you can stop an anxiety attack, you have to recognize the symptoms. The main ones are feelings of fear, doom and danger. You may also experience dizziness, shaking, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, numbness and sweating. 

Focus on Your Breathing

One way to stop an anxiety attack is to distract yourself with something simple. You want to focus on your breathing and make it slower. There are multiple breathing exercises you can try that will help you, so you should experiment with them before you have an attack.

Talk to Someone

In some cases, you can stop an anxiety attack by starting a conversation. Again, this helps distract you and can make you feel safer. However, this is difficult for some sufferers to do, so you may want to try other techniques. 

Create New Thoughts

Often, anxiety attacks appear because of overthinking and stress. One way to battle the attacks is to have a checklist in your mind that is ready to go at the first sign of fear and anxiety. These new thoughts will help you fight the negativity that is making you panic.

Try to Exercise

Exercise is an effective way to prevent and stop anxiety attacks for many people. It is a fun distraction that helps you fight stress hormones and replace them with serotonin. Studies show that aerobic exercise can increase serotonin levels, so you feel happier, and the fear disappears.

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    Linda Manns Linneman

    These are such great suggestions. I usually have my patients do pursed lip breathing and relax their whole body. Thank you so much for sharing

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      Colleen

      Your welcome Linda, I love to hear that what I share is helpful!

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    Deborah D

    I love these tips.

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    denise low

    Thank you for sharing. I didn’t know that exercise could help reduce stress.

  4. 4
    Cindi

    Very interesting.

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