Chapter 10

Tame Panic Attacks

“Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.”
Christian Nestell Bovee

When you suffer a panic attack, it can feel as if everything is collapsing all around you, that you are going crazy and might even die. The good news is that the world around you is not collapsing. You only imagine that it is. You are not going crazy, and you are not about to die.

Let me remind you of four common symptoms of a panic attack:

  • Increased heartbeat
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Increased inflow of adrenaline
  • Breaking out in a sweat

Now consider this: when you are exercising in a gym or out running, exactly the same symptoms occur. In those situations, you don’t think you are going crazy, losing control or are possibly going to die. If you acknowledge and remember these facts, then the “out of control” and “about to die” feelings that you imagine and experience during a panic attack will decrease.

More techniques for decreasing panic attacks:

  • At the onset of an attack, take a deep breath, tense up every muscle in your body for about 8 seconds, and then relax all of your muscles as you slowly exhale.