Another recreational habit to pick up is journaling or being able to document each day and write down your thoughts through digital means or a traditional pen and paper. This creates a habit similar to mindfulness activities that allow you to be in tune with your feelings. It allows you to take time to process and understand the feelings you have at a certain moment.
Anything that allows you to take a break or separate you from your stressors for a set time in your schedule is helpful. Having time-outs or enjoying certain leisure activities allow you to not get too overwhelmed by certain stimuli. Here are a few activities that can help take our mind off worry:
- Getting a massage
- Joining a crafts workshop or dance class
- Tai Chi
- Keeping your weekends work-free
In the event of a panic attack happening, the body’s fight or flight response is triggered. This means that a lot of activities that involve prior planning may not be possible. The best we could do is to equip ourselves with methods of preempting panic attacks or knowing what to do if ever we are put in a situation wherein we or someone we know is suffering a panic attack.
Here are some natural remedies for panic attacks.
The first is rationalization or using logic and questioning our thought process. In the event of a panic attack, our minds usually spiral into focusing so much on stressors and sending us to unreasonable and disproportionate reactions. If we doubt ourselves or point out logical flaws in our way of thinking when we realize or catch ourselves slipping down the slope, it is easier for these thoughts to be curbed.
The second is a way of calming down by using focused breathing. Focused breathing is a method wherein you pay attention to your breathing, as the name implies. There are resources online to guide you through focused breathing with the timing and even soothing sounds to prevent you from hyperventilating and spiraling further into a panic attack.
Grounding is a common method of dealing with panic attacks. This involves paying attention to tangible things that are present. This aims to shift the focus from what is causing the anxiety to other things. Identifying things you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel allows you to shift your focus from whatever is stressing you out and grounds you to the present time.