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Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks

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Summary:
Anxiety attacks come with a variety of symptoms that can prevent a person
from enjoying and living his life to the fullest. Anxiety disorders that
trigger attacks are treatable but can take a long time. This article
provides insights on what a person can expect during an anxiety attack
and tips to prevent it from happening.


Keywords:
anxiety attacks


Article Body:
Anyone who has ever experienced anxiety attacks can attes t that the
condition can be very debilitating. Shortness of breath, palpitations,
numbness, nausea, and the feeling of being trapped are all part and
parcel of having an anxiety attack. Fortunately, there are ways of
preventing an attack, foremost of which is identifying its cause.

What causes an anxiety attack?

An anxiety attack can be triggered by a number of reasons including
illness, social events, or even memories of past situations. It is very
important to know which situations trigger your attacks so you can take
precautions to make them more manageable. For example, if going to social
events like corporate parties triggers an attack, bring a friend with you
to help you feel comfortable about the situation. Most importantly,
consult your doctor for medications or therapies that can help minimize
your anxiety.

Preventing an anxiety attack

There are several methods you can use or activities you can do to
minimize your attacks or prevent them from happening like the following:

- Changing your diet

People who have switched to a more vegetable-dense or whole grain-based
diet reportedly feel better than those who consume red meat. Scientific
research shows that aside from keeping the body healthy, vegetables and
whole grains release endorphins and other feel-good hormones in the body
that promote a sense of well-being. On the other hand, people who eat red
meat have been found to have a lot of stress-inducing hormones in their
bodies that can trigger an attack.

- Avoiding caffeine-rich and alcoholic substances
Caffeine and alcohol can increase chances of attacks as well as certain
drugs. Instead of taking coffee or alcoholic beverages for a quick pick-
me-up, try substituting them with fresh fruit juice. Juices are healthy
options that can give you a quick energy boost like caffeine without the
danger of triggering an attack.

- Exercising regularly

Exercise and physical activity triggers the release of endorphins in the
body which promotes a feeling of happiness. Aside from this benefit,
exercise, particularly cardiovascular activities, also prevents attacks
by providing an outlet for the release of stress and anxiety.
Cardiovascular exercises also strengthen the heart and body so it can
withstand attacks easily with minimal symptoms.

- Practicing relaxation methods

Certain activities like meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and massages can
reduce anxiety and stress levels in the body. They can also help you
focus on good sensations and feelings that can improve your sense of
well-being. You can try carrying relaxing aromatherapy oils like lavender
and chamomile for a calming sniff when you feel an attack coming.
Listening to soothing music, reading inspirational books, or drinking
herbal teas can also soothe your frazzled nerves.

Although these prevention tips can help you ward of an anxiety attack,
nothing beats talking to your doctor. A health professional specializing
in anxiety disorders can help you understand your condition and provide
you with treatment therapy. Along with the prescribed medication, you can
also ask your doctor about group therapy for anxiety disorders.