When you’re someone who experiences getting panic attacks, one of the struggles that go along with it is the fear that one can happen at any time and blindside you. What’s even more troubling is the chance of that attack being a major one that will affect your functioning.
And sometimes, it’s that fear of a sudden major panic attack that eventually triggers you into having one.
People often deal with this fear by avoiding any situations that can lead them into having a panic attack. That can done be by avoiding socialization, responsibilities, or certain environments. But once you do this, it can severely limit the space and activities you’re moving in.
Once you’re stuck in a situation where you can’t help but be exposed to these possible triggers, you’re on fear mode where you’re apprehensive about every single thing that could push you into having a major panic attack.
But the thing is that being in a state of apprehension leads to general anxiety, which only worsens your chances of having that major panic attack that you’re fearing.
Today, I’m going to share with you how you can avoid having a panic attack by wanting it.
The Best Remedy To Pending Panic Attacks
Unless you find a way to address your anxiety (i.e. Medication), having a panic attack is likely to happen. But what if I told you that you can control whether or not you get panic attacks?
The trick to not having panic attacks is actually quite simple: stop fearing them.
In other words, the best way to not have a panic attack is to want to have one.
It sounds a bit contradictory, yes, but remember when I told you that the greatest trigger is often the fear brought on by the dreading anticipation?
So it makes sense that by wanting a panic attack, the fear of the unknown is immediately diffused.
You can’t bring on a panic attack by wanting it, but you certainly can by fearing it.
Stop resisting your panic attacks, because you won’t be able to keep them at bay by always being on high alert for them. In fact, you’re only making them more likely to happen when you do that. Instead, face your fear.
Facing Your Fears
Panic attacks are brought on by the helpless thoughts wherein you start believing that the situation is beyond your or your body’s control. So the moment that you seize control and want to have one, it doesn’t happen.
In order to make this easier for you, think about the previous times where you have undergone a panic attack. Did any harm come to you?
Not really, right?
Yes, it may have been extremely uncomfortable and stressful at the time, but when the attack has passed, did you suffer any real harm from the situation that had triggered the attack in the first place?
Chances are nothing happened. Your mind reacted and put you in a heightened state of panic, but in reality you were in no real danger.
With that in mind, you can better make yourself ‘want’ a panic attack and face it head on. Since you know that no serious harm will come to you, you can brave it and face your fears.
Take The Leap
Often, we are told that the best way to overcome our fears is to face them. A person afraid of heights can expose themselves to being in situations where they are in high places, like a diving board.
The longer you dwell on your fear, the less likely you will jump.
(Trust someone who’s stood on top of a diving board for over an hour because they allowed the doubts to creep in.)
But when you don’t allow the ‘what ifs’ and ‘I can’t do this’ kinds of thoughts to settle, it’s very likely that you will be able to jump and actually enjoy the whole experience.
In this analogy:
Being in a possibly triggering environment like school or work = the whole experience of diving
Jumping off the diving board = thinking that a panic attack cannot harm you, so you face it head on
Standing on the top of the board = the time you spend fearing an oncoming panic attack
Just like diving into a pool, there is very little harm that can come to you if you go through with jumping off the diving board. There is even less harm when you decide to face the idea of a panic attack instead of fearing it and allowing it to paralyze you.
It may sound a bit daunting to want to have a panic attack in order to stop one, but remember that you are safe and that no harm will come to you when you have one. And once you get that initial apprehension out of the way, you will realize that you can keep panic attacks from ever getting you off guard.
I know that it’s not easy dealing with panic attacks one way or another, but know that you can overcome them.
Don’t be afraid to face your fears head on, and you’ll be able to drive your panic attacks away.