Friday, April 30th, 2021
Have you ever woken in the middle of the night to find that you can’t breathe, or that your mind is racing? Do you get a sudden rush of sweat and feel clammy shakiness too? Maybe you feel you can’t calm your mind during these episodes.
What’s happening is your body’s response to stress, fear or ‘danger’. It’s how your body would react if you were faced with a dangerous situation, in fact these bodily reactions helped us protect ourselves and survive animal attacks at one time in our ancient history. It’s known as the “fight or flight” response. Unfortunately, nowadays our bodies do not know the difference between perceived danger, and panic or stress.
When our sympathetic nervous system reacts with the physical sensations mentioned above, it’s important to have some tools to calm this reaction or engage the parasympathetic nervous system. This would be the calm reaction we get after we realize that we are safe. Some ways to stop your panic/stress reaction and fire up your parasympathetic nervous system, involve getting your body to calm down through sensorial stimulation.
Here are some tips and strategies that can provide immediate relief and help calm a panic attack:
If these symptoms happen frequently or over a long period of time it is recommended that you see your doctor. Therapy is also highly recommended as a preventative method for panic attacks. Therapists at Hasu are trained to help with coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety which can be cause of panic attacks. Feel free to browse the Hasu therapist roster to find a therapist that might be a good fit for you!
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