Panic Attacks | What to do when you feel one coming on

Monday, 18 July 2016


Having anxiety is something Ive struggled with for years now. And its taken me a long time to be comfortable talking about it. Before I was embarrassed to talk about it and I don't know why. Its something that so many people have to deal with every single day so you're not alone if you do have one. 

I had my first panic attack at age 13 when I was so worried about going to school to do a speech in front of my class. I had no idea what was going on at the time. I thought I was going to die. Now obviously I didn't and I was fine once my Mum and Nana calmed me down.

I am now 20 and I still get panic attacks every-now-and-then. I don't have them as much as I did in my teen years- thank God! But they do come in phases. Ive actually had a few in the last two weeks and let me tell you, they are not fun!


But over the years I have found a few really helpful things to help with panic attacks and if I could help one person just a little bit that would make me really happy. 

Drink water

This was always the worst thing for me. Whenever I was having a panic attack and someone handed me a glass of water I would get annoyed because I would think "I can barely breathe right now, do I really look like I can drink something?!" but actually once you start sipping at a glass of water it really helps to control your breathing because you are stopping to drink and swallow. 

Meditate

Mindefullness meditation has completely changed the way I handle my anxiety. I actually use the app CALM which is a free app that has different guided and non-guided meditation sessions. 
I use this app often because it is so straight forward. I actually had it on standby when I was on an airplane recently just incase I had a burst of anxiety hit me. 

Breathe

One thing I do if I dont have the CALM app on my is to just focus on my breathing. Its quite easy to forget about your breathing when you feel anxious and then the next thing you know you're gasping for air. So just breathe. For a lot of people the 4-7-8 technique really helps. Just inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7 and then exhale for 8. 

Let it happen

Sometimes the worst thing you can do is try to stop an anxiety attack. Im sure a lot of you can agree with this. Whenever I use to try to stop one from happening, I would end up feeling far worse 30 minutes later and having a bigger panic attack than I would've had earlier. 

Remember its going to end

Always remember that an anxiety attack wont last for ever and before you know it you will be feeling like yourself again. Just keep telling yourself that. 


Now these are just the things I have learnt to do when I feel anxious. I know every single person deals with them differently.

If you ever want to talk about anxiety or anything like that you can tweet me @beautylifebecca or email me and I will be more than happy to talk to you. 

Love, Becca x





10 comments :

  1. This is such an amazing post and so helpful. Love it! xx

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  2. I've found having a glass of water to be a big help too. I just sit down somewhere quiet and sip on my water, maybe watch a youtube video or scroll through twitter to make me calm down. I've managed to avoid a full on panic attack like that a couple of times.

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    1. Yeah thats a good way to calm down. I like to watch some calm youtube videos sometimes to help xx

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  3. Such a helpful amazing post!! I think everyone should read this!! <3 Lovely post!

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

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