4 Ways to Quickly Stop a Panic Attack

An extreme form of anxiety is called a panic attack: a sudden and intense fear/anxiety that triggers severe physical reactions. While having anxiety from time-to-time may be normal for most individuals, chronic anxiety can greatly interfere with your quality of life.

Panic attacks are caused by an unbalanced brain. During a panic attack, your brain is flooded with chemicals, and as a result, your body reacts in an extreme way. This is a crisis situation, and what your body wants to do is eliminate the feelings you are feeling.

When someone is having a panic attack, fear escalates and you usually want to stop breathing. To stop panic attacks, you want to do the opposite of this innate intention, and instead, find a mellowing, meditating peace.

So how do you do this? The quicker you can balance your brain, the quicker you can regain control and stop the panic attack. This can be done physiologically; here are 4 ways to quickly stop a panic attack:

#1 Find a chair, sit down and put your head between your legs.

This bent over motion will help get blood to your brain, fast. Breathe in slowly and this will help to rebalance your brain.

#2 Jog in place or move your arms in a circular motion

Any bilateral stimulation (moving from left to right, to left to right) also helps to rebalance your brain and lowers panicked feelings.

#3 Stick your hand in ice cold water for 30 seconds

This will slow your heart rate and give your body the feeling of a diving sensation. After holding your hand in ice cold water for 30 seconds, the panic attack should dissipate.

#4 Breathe slowly

Inhale into your belly and exhale out slowly five times, By the fifth time, you should be able to control the symptoms of the panic attack.

For those that may need a little extra help managing their panic attacks, at GUTS OC, we have a treatment plan specifically for those whose goal is to learn how to control and manage their panic attack symptoms.

Though each individual’s circumstances are different, our treatment plan typically involves

  1. Micro current neurofeedback: this can help eliminate panic attacks quickly and efficiently.

  2. Life coaching: our life coach works with you to help identify the triggers of your panic attacks and teach you the skills and techniques to use to dissipate your anxiety and stop your panic attack when it is happening

Your life does not have to be controlled by your panic attacks. It is absolutely possible to regain control over your life, panic attack free. Contact us so we can learn more about your particular situation and develop a customized treatment plan for you. Start living your best life, today.


About GUTS OC:

We combine mental health services and state-of-the-art technology to help our patients obtain long-term results faster. Our specialties include therapy, micro current neurofeedback and life coaching. Our evidence-based approach has helped thousands of individuals, couples and families who have sought our help over the past 22 years. Our trained specialists are committed to educating & empowering our patients with the skills and mindset to live successful, happy lives.

GUTS OC is based in Tustin, CA but provides services to all of Orange County through in-person sessions and/or virtual therapy sessions via phone, chat or video.

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