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Every one of us is subject to experience anxious and stressful situations, to which we react differently. Some may have the ability to control their emotions and nerves, while others have a hard time managing their stress, to a point where they feel like their world is falling apart.

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What Is a Panic Attack?

Although people experience it differently, a panic attack is a brief period of extreme distress, anxiety, or fear that triggers suddenly. It is usually accompanied by physical and/or emotional symptoms. Panic attacks often manifest after a period of discomfort and can affect men and women alike and at all ages.

What About Panic Disorder?

On the other hand, a panic disorder is the occurrence of repeated panic attacks, usually accompanied by anticipated anxiety. Meaning the patient would spend their time worrying about when the next panic attack would happen. A panic disorder is therefore characterized by recurring panic attacks that lead to excessive worrying about future attacks and/or behavioral changes designed to avoid stressful situations.

The Symptomps of a Panic Attack

Symptoms generally peak around 10 minutes and subside within a few minutes. However, it is crucial to note that this rapid increase and anxious state can occur in either a calm or anxious condition. A panic attack is often accompanied by at least four of the following physical and emotional symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Feeling of suffocation
  • Dizziness, imbalance, or fainting
  • Fear of death
  • Fear of Insanity or losing control
  • Feeling of unreality and getting out of touch with oneself. 
  • Flushing or chills
  • Nausea, stomach pain or diarrhea
  • Sensation of numbness or tingling
  • Palpitations or rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating

Avoiding Panic Attacks

In the context of stress and overactivity, many people seek various means to decompress both mentally and physically. There are now many approaches to enhance and maintain well-being, such as yoga or massage therapy. However, these activities are not the only source of achieving a sense of well-being. There are other methods that yield the same results without breaking the bank.

Maintaining the well-being of the mind and body requires a diverse and balanced diet. Insufficient vitamins and vegetable intake, paired with excessive fats, sugar, and salt in one’s diet, are harmful to one’s health. That’s why it’s important to eat healthy food and practice caution with what we provide our bodies. These harmful effects are not only limited to unhealthy eating habits, but also substances like nicotine, cannabis, and others alike are extremely harmful to the body and are recommended to be avoided at all costs.

Other than healthy eating, practicing sports and physical activity optimize the mental state and physical well-being in general. The practice of any physical activity is essential because the goal is not the search for performance. Simply put, it is to make regular efforts to maintain optimum physical condition. The simple act of walking, climbing stairs, or dancing around your room for 10 minutes will regularly contribute to your body’s well-being,

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