HOW TO STOP AN ANXIETY (PANIC) ATTACK BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF CONTROL

This exercise is particularly effective for those with high stress and anxiety, even anxiety/panic attacks, if you catch the attack at its very beginnings. I've had a number of people say that once they learned this rather easy method they never had a full blown anxiety attack again.

 

If you've had anxiety attacks before and know how they start, you can stop it before it gets out of control. For some people, they can feel their anxiety attacks start in their chests or heads, and some people's anxiety attacks start in their feet, legs, etc. Anyway, as soon as you notice/feel an anxiety attack coming on, however it starts for you, you simply repeat the following process until you get a sense of feeling better, relaxing, or letting go.

 

You can do this a number of ways. One very common way to do this is to give yourself what is called a "butterfly hug". This is done by hugging yourself, with left hand on right arm and right hand on left arm. Then just started tapping alternately back and forth with your hands, left, right, left, right, and so on until you get to the relaxation level that you desire.

You can also tap your left foot, then your right foot, left, right, left, right, until you feel relief/release of the stress or anxiety. This is a particularly good way to do it at work because no one will notice that you are doing it. You can also give yourself what is called a "butterfly hug". This is done by hugging yourself, with left hand on right arm and right hand on left arm. Then just started tapping alternately back and forth with your hands, left, right, left, right, and so on until you get to the relaxation level that you desire.

Butterfly hug by older male

You can also tap your left leg with your left hand then tap your right leg with your right hand. The trick is to tap bilaterally, meaning alternately, one then the other, right, left, right, left, (or, left, right, left, right), etc. You can tap as hard as you want or as soft as you want and as fast or slow as you want. You will find what works best for you. Continue this process until you feel less anxious/calmer.

 

In the beginning of this process you just want to focus on tapping alternately from right to left repeatedly until you get to some kind of calmer level. When you calm down enough ask yourself what number of intensity of anxiety you have (0-10 with 10 being the most intense and 0 feeling no anxiety at all). As you tap, periodically ask yourself what the number of intensity is. You will find that the number continues to go down the longer you persist in tapping.

You can also tap your left foot, then your right foot, left, right, left, right, until you feel relief/release of the stress or anxiety. This is a particularly good way to do it at work because no one will notice that you are doing it.

This method is called Bilateral Tapping and is the core element of an anti-trauma therapy called E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This method was originated to release traumatic memories and feelings but has also proven to be very effective in helping people get relief from their anxiety in general and I have found it to stop anxiety attacks in their tracks as well as.

 

This is just one of the many therapeutic methods I use to help people release anxiety, fears, phobia, panic attacks, depression or unwanted anger, (guilt, shame, etc., etc., etc.) quickly, easily and very effectively. Questions? Give me a call or send me an email.

WARNING: The purpose of this exercise is to help you stay more relaxed and most people have found it to be very effective in stopping a panic attack before it becomes full blown. As a matter of fact, some have stated that once they learned this method they never had a panic attack again. However, if, while tapping, you continue to feel very uncomfortable feelings over time, stop tapping. If you have any questions you can call me or email me.

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Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W.
Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
(914) 242-3484
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I am a therapist with over 40 years of experience working with people to help them resolve the issues that are creating problems in their life. I am Certified and trained in a number of alternative therapies that are quicker, easier and much more effective than talk therapy in releasing one's issues.