Preventing-Anxiety-Attacks by brookssteve560

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									 Preventing Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety attacks choose no one. It can happen to happy and perfectly
normal people of all ages including children. Many cases of anxiety
attacks just come out of the blue, or happen without any logical, clear
or apparent reason. It may occur while you are relaxed during the day and
even while asleep. Still, there are several ways on how to prevent
anxiety attacks.

Learn about anxiety – Understanding how anxiety affects the body as well
as the mind can go a long way in your effort to prevent attacks. Read
articles about anxiety and other psychological disorders that are related
to it. Learn what are the things you should watch out for, things you
should avoid, and practices you should do in case of an attack.

Avoid unnecessary stressors – Recurring attacks are caused by "triggers"
– situations such as speaking in front of the public or getting trapped
in an elevator. The effects of these triggers are often aggravated by
stress. In other words, stress can act as a catalyst for such attacks to
happen. Hence, reducing the stress level by avoiding unnecessary
stressors can help prevent attacks. Avoid people that stress you out.
Learn how to say 'no' to invitations as well as overtime when you have
other things to do. Do not accept additional work that you can't
accomplish. These may seem very little things but can significantly
increase stress level as well as increase the chances of having an
attack.

Exercise – has lots of health benefits including the promotion of well-
being. It is also proven and effective method to prevent anxiety attack.
Research shows that as little as 30 minutes of physical activity - 3 to 5
times a week - is enough to promote a healthy body. Increasing the
intensity of the exercise produces more positive effects.

Eat balanced diet – Like exercise, a well-balanced diet is important in
keeping the body healthy, resistant to illnesses, and maintain a low
stress level. As much as possible, eat natural or organic foods. Avoid
processed foods or those that contain preservatives and chemicals.

Avoid smoking and caffeine. To those who are susceptible to anxiety
attacks, substantial amount of caffeine (from coffee, soda and tea) as
well as smoking cigarettes can provoke such attacks even further. It is
wise, therefore, to avoid these things as much as possible.

Practice relaxation techniques – Yoga, meditation, and other breathing
techniques help strengthen the body's relaxation response. When practiced
regularly, these techniques even increase the feeling of uplifted
emotions, happiness, and self-control, which increase self-confidence and
self-esteem - significant factors in fighting anxiety attacks.

Learn to become assertive – People with anxiety disorder usually have low
self-esteem. Low self-esteem is manifested by passiveness, feeling
worthless, feeling of guilt and shame, depressed mood, isolation, and
difficulty in school, work, and community functions. Learning to become
assertive may involve joining a group, entering into therapy sessions or
simply learning to open up to others. It may take a while, but once a
person learns how to assert himself, he will carry positive outlook in
life which helps prevent anxiety attacks caused by "triggers".

Awareness of the symptoms of anxiety attacks is as important as knowing
how to prevent it. Watch out for:

•   Chest pain or heart palpitation
•   Feeling of loosing control or going crazy
•   Irrational fear over trivial things
•   Hot flashes or chills
•   Trouble breathing or choking sensation
•   Feeling like passing out
•   Feeling unreal or detach
•   Nausea or stomach cramps
•   Hyperventilation
•   Shaking or trembling
•   Feeling and fear of dying

								
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