Some of you already know that I have had a horrible panic attack every day at many times during my life. I wouldn’t wish that feeling on my worst enemy!
In this video, I describe 5 ways to calm yourself down from a panic attack.
When you are feeling a panic attack coming on, do these right away.
5 ways to calm yourself down during a panic attack
1. Move your body
Anxiety wants us to curl in a little ball and try to shut it out. But this is the worse you can do. Moving actually decreases your stress hormones and gets your brain back to calmness. Do something! Anything!
2. Connect with someone
Anxiety wants you to isolate yourself because then you listen to all of its lies. You are more vulnerable alone. Get with someone you care about or a loving pet and talk out the fears or talk about anything that might take attention from them!
Simple. Laughter and anxiety cannot share the same moment. We take our fears very seriously. Lighten up. Watch comedy, funny videos on YouTube, tell jokes, spend time with a hilarious friend. Whatever makes you laugh.
4. Do something creative
Creativity uses the part of the brain that keeps you anxious. If you use your brain to create something or problem solve, then there is less room for anxiety.
When I was anxious, I used to start house projects, design or plan something. Ask my friends, I was always making something. This saved my life. It gave me amazing transformation instantly. It was not just a simple distraction, it was complicated and took my attention into something life-giving.
Watch my video Ease Trauma with Giving Back.
5. Sing and dance
Singing opens the heart chakra and dancing breaks the chains of anxiety that immobilize you. It also is silly and fun. Exercise increases endorphins and allows the amino acid, tryptophan, to go into your brain, calming you down. Don’t worry about what you look like. Do it!
What has or does calm you when you are panicking?