9. Passion Flower
Many herbalists believe that passion flower is very effective for treating panic attacks. This herb contains flavonoids like chrysin and benzoflavone that help increase the amount of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. This in turn helps decrease anxiety as well as stress.
Passion flower is available in the market in tea, tincture or capsule form. It is recommended to take this herb under the supervision of an herbalist.
Note: You must not take this herb in excess as it can also disrupt mental and motor functions. Also, this herb is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
10. Exercise Daily
Many studies have proven that regular exercise is an excellent treatment for panic attacks. In fact, people who exercise regularly experience fewer panic attack symptoms than those who do not exercise.
Exercise helps reduce the stress hormones and increase the “feel good” hormones in your body. Plus, exercise will allow your body to use the energy that may be contributing to panic feelings.
Regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, for 30 minutes daily will help reduce stress. Even walking (as fast as you can) daily can help.
- Reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine, sugar and foods that are high in fat.
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Sleep better by following a strict sleep routine.
- Individual and family therapy may help.
- Join a support group. Do not expect yourself to handle it alone.
- Use stress management methods if your panic attacks are related to excessive tension.
- Take more breaks from day-to-day life. Go for short weekend breaks or a holiday with your family and friends.
- Consider keeping a pet to give you company and keep yourself busy.
- Keep a journal to help deal with your feelings and track stressors that trigger your panic attacks so that you can manage them.
- Get out and enjoy nature. Taking a walk through a park can help you feel better.
- When you feel a panic attack coming on, try drinking a glass of cold water to help relax you.
- Consider taking nutritional supplements with B vitamins, magnesium and antioxidant vitamins.