Panic attacks occur unexpectedly and are not related to any external threat. A panic attack is a brief episode of intense anxiety that causes sensations of fear. When a person experiences this, they will feel:
- a racing heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- trembling and muscle tension
Usually, a panic attack occurs without a trigger. Often it is mistaken for an anxiety attack. The difference between the two is the presence of a stressor; an anxiety attack is a response to perceived stressors or threats.
If you experience any of the two attacks or if symptoms are building, learn to manage your emotions. Activate your happy chemicals to make you feel better. These are:
- Dopamine, the feel-good hormone.
- eat your favorite dish
- get enough sleep
- listen to your favorite music
- Serotonin, the mood stabilizer.
- make time to exercise
- spend time in nature
- Oxytocin, the love hormone.
- play with your fur baby
- catch up with some friends
- give sincere compliments
- Endorphins, the pain reliever.
- indulge in chocolates
- watch your favorite comedy show
- go on a mini drinking session with friends
It is never wrong to give yourself the things you enjoy every once in a while. As a provider of psychotherapy in Palm Beach County, Florida, we see that giving in to your guilty pleasures is okay. But make sure to do it in moderation.
Grow Yourself provides therapy for anxiety, depression, and elderly persons disorders in Palm Beach County. Annalee Shein can help you get your life back on track. Experience our psychotherapy now. For questions, contact us.