I should of added the word ‘try’ in the title of this post because sometimes there is no prevention to panic attacks. They just happen.
However for me, they usually occur due to certain situations, which is how I know I can prevent or manage them when they come along.
There are of course, certain situations that I don’t even enter because I know for a matter of a fact, they will happen. But in some instances I can use different techniques and tricks I’ve learned, to make the whole situation a bit better.
If you know you have something coming up that may occur anxiety or panic attacks, your best bet is definitely planning and preparing for what to do if you have any of those funny feelings.
Sometimes they happen whilst I’m driving in the car with someone else as a passenger, so whilst I drove to Edinburgh with my boyfriend, I had my headphones and podcast episodes ready, so I knew if I needed it I could just plug in and take my mind off feeling anxious whilst my boyfriend could still listen to the radio if he wanted.
If you usually experience them on public transport or crowds for example, take your headphones on your journey with you and download a new album or audiobook to listen to.
USE YOUR SENSES + MIND TECHNIQUES
My therapist taught me all about how the five senses are great at bringing your mind back to the present moment, and can help you in stressful moments.
I personally carry a rollerball with me containing a calming scent, that I like to use to zen out a bit. Sometimes even just thinking about what you’re doing later that day or what you’re eating for your tea really brings you back to perspective and make you realise theres more than just the ‘moment’ you are currently in.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
This one is probably the most important, because its YOU that has to take control and make sure you are acting in your own best interests.
Like I said earlier, some situations I won’t even enter if needs be, because I know I’m not set out for them. If you have social anxiety, make sure that along with going out of your comfort zone, you don’t try to do TOO many things at once. Slow and steady is great progress. Always try to remember how far you’ve come.
I hope these tips were helpful to you if you needed them! xx