The other day I was with a client of mine who suffers from anxiety. She is a 22 year old college student who was feeling that she was losing her life to this anxiety that would sometimes lead to panic attacks. Logically she knows that she isn’t going to die as a result of the anxiety that she is experiencing, but emotionally it is a whole other story.
She asked me before we started our sessions together what she could do to ward off the panic attacks before they ever got the best of her. You see, this is a very smart young lady that I am working with, who realized that if she inquired, she may be able to get a technique to help her before I ever saw her.
The advise that I gave her was to do something that is so simple anyone can do it.
What you do is take in a deep breath for the count of 4.
You hold it for the count of 4.
You release it for the count of 4.
Do this 5 times.
What this does is oxygenate the blood as it goes to your brain, resulting in relaxing you, allowing the anxiety to disappear.
Getting yourself outside your head will help you. So, call a friend, read a book, or watch something funny on television.
Another thing you can do is think about what the steps are that occur leading up to your anxiety and do them in reverse order. You will find that you cannot bring on the attacks any more.
Try out these techniques and see if you find them helpful. I bet if you give them a try, no longer will your anxiety get the best of you, allowing you to move on with your life.
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