Following on from last weeks post: Anxiety: – My Personal Story which I talked about my Anxiety and how it affects me I thought I would share some tips on how you can get through a Panic/Anxiety attack.
THE RUBBER BAND TECHNIQUE
This can be used in two ways
- Have an elastic band around your wrist when you are out and about and if you start feeling anxious give it a ping and the shock from that will divert your attention from the anxious feeling you were having.
- Go out and buy an elastic band ball and keep it in your bag/pocket and use it as a stress reliever.
THE MUSHROOM BAG
Next time you are in a supermarket grab yourself a couple mushroom bags from the veg section. It will be a very handy tool when you feel you are breathing a bit too fast and need to control your breathing.
Place the mushroom bag over your nose and mouth and do 6-12 normal breaths and really concentrate on these breaths as it will bring your anxious state back down. I use this method and find it very effective.
If you notice when you are having a panic attack your mouth goes super dry. Sometimes a drink isn’t always at hand. A tiny packet of chewing gum fits pretty much anywhere and instantly moistens your mouth and alleviates the dry mouth symptom.MP3 PLAYER / MUSIC
I have this exact MP3 Player and it is full of feel good songs old and new and i find that when i am having a anxiety attack i need an instant distraction and music always helps take away the scary feelings i get during an attack.
I know they are a bit old school as most people use their phones but this will be there when your phones battery isn’t.
PHONE A FRIEND
Put a few friends in a favourites folder on your contact list so when you feel anxiety rearing its ugly head you have someone to talk to and help calm you down. If you can’t phone anyone just put the phone up to your ear and pretend you are talking to someone and hope that your phone doesn’t start ringing.
These are just a few things that you can use as distraction techniques while you are out and about.
I hope that you can take away a few of these and use them when you feel a little anxious. Don’t feel that you have to suffer alone. People won’t think any less of you if you have anxiety they will more than likely be glad you felt you could confide in them.
I HAVE ANXIETY BUT ANXIETY DOESN’T HAVE ME