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The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) region of the brain is activated during a panic attack, and two opposing components get to work as needed:
Being aware of your body’s response and trying to relax can help restore the balance to the autonomic nervous system **(ANS), allowing the parasympathetic system to come in the front.
One needs to understand that panic attacks, in general, are not dangerous but is an automatic response for your protection. It is our mind or the fear psychosis that can cause the real ‘panic’.
Panic attacks can be false alarms in many cases.
The bad thoughts that one may have (“I am about to die!” or “I am going crazy!”) need to be challenged and replaced by rational thoughts like: I am having a stressful, emotional response to a problem, and this will be over in a few minutes.
Breathing deeply and consciously will help your parasympathetic nervous system to get into action. Slowing down your breath also relaxes you in general, and just 10 breaths per minute can minimize many fear-based symptoms.
It’s good to practice beforehand any breathing technique. For instance, the 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness technique makes you breathe slowly while you pay attention to five sights, four things you can feel, three sounds, two smells and one taste.
If you flee the place where you have a panic attack, the problem can penetrate deep inside you, leading to long term fear.
Staying in place makes us face our fears and understand that the thing we feared wasn’t what we imagined it to be. Remember that the panic attack will pass away in a few minutes.
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