31 Actually Helpful Tips For Dealing With Panic Attacks
Genius strategies from people who live with them.
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they get through and care for themselves after a panic attack.
Panic attacks are terrifying and debilitating, and they can happen to anyone. There's usually not much you can do other than wait it out, but these are the tricks some people have found helpful — physically, emotionally, or otherwise — for dealing with panic attacks.
Remember: These aren't meant to be medical recommendations, but they're tactics that have worked for others and might work for you, too. Be sure to check with your doctor before trying anything new for panic attack prevention, relief, or recovery.
1. Listen to songs that will help you control your breathing rhythm.
"I had a playlist of songs that I used to listen to when I got frequent anxiety attacks. All of the songs were around 60 bpm. The song I found most effective was Broken Social Scene's 'Pitter Patter Goes My Heart.'" — Jeffrey Samuel Shochat, Facebook