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					A panic attack may set off a series of new problems in almost everyone
who gets one. They will worry about the underlying cause and they will
wonder whether it could be related to a much deeper health issue.
Furthermore, they will want to know what they can do to manage their
situation.One of the most important periods of time is right after a
panic attack. There are recommended steps that you can take immediately
after a panic attack that will calm you. More importantly, these steps
can help you think more clearly about what to do in order to recover from
the symptoms of an attack.Immediately after a panic attack, you feel
tired. Your body has just been under immense tension. You were
hyperventilating and could not get enough air into your lungs, you
trembled and you were nauseous. Acknowledge all these things and take a
break. The reason for using the term acknowledge is that without
accepting that you have just had a panic attack, you will not relax
enough subconsciously. You will be torn deep down, and your mind will not
let go. Acknowledging your attack and stop resisting its occurrence so
that you can do the right thing. Take a break. Lie down and regain your
breath, stop trembling and let your muscles relax. Breathe deep and feel
the breaths go really deep down.
 You need to replace the thoughts that brought about the attack. If, for
instance, your panic attack was brought on by a crowded place, you have
most likely got yourself out of the threatening situation by now. Now
replace the fearful thinking. Think of the place that makes you feel
calm, the place that centers you, and focus on it. Let its imagery calm
you.
 If you feel very tired after a panic attack, it's normal. Take a nap.
Let your mind go, relax your jaw (this is very important) and drift off.
20 minutes will do. If you want to sleep for longer that's fine too.
 After you feel completely calm in your mind, you will be able to think
clearly about what to do in regards to treatment. You may have had an
attack before and are already on therapy or medication. Continue as
prescribed, but it's always worthwhile to let your doctor know that you
have had another attack. Also, journalize it so that you can have a
record. Records form patterns and you may find that it will lead to you
finding out more about triggers. If you are getting a panic attack for
the first time, you need to see a doctor. Explain what happen especially
before the episode and during. They will recommend either behavioral
therapy or medication or most likely both. Work with them to try and
discover what may have caused your attack.The main aim of doing all these
things after a panic attack is so that you can relax and restore yourself
to normal. In many cases, the attack will come about because of
accumulated stress. It's your body's way of telling you that you need to
slow down and take better care of yourself. This also needs acknowledging
because it's the only way you will deal with it effectively. Restructure
your life as much as you can so that all the things that cause you to
feel stressed are either reduced or eliminated.

				
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