Frequently Asked Questions About Anxiety Attacks

As a father of three cute little kids, I always thought that I could do everything for my children. And even if things are way too impossible, I always make sure to find ways to come up with solutions. But sometimes, despite all my efforts, I can’t still get rid of the fear and worries I have for my children. That is the reason why at some point, I deal with my emotional and mental health issues alone so that my wife and kids won’t know about my mental health struggle and won’t worry about me.

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But the more I hide my struggle with mental illness, particularly anxiety, the more I get trapped with it. The symptoms often take me to a different state of mind, and it entirely ruins my function as a husband and a father. In some unfortunate instances, I feel too uncomfortable to even with myself as I engage in panic attacks. There are a lot of things that occupy my head. Some of those are unrealistic, while others are mere negative thoughts. Fortunately, I did not let my fears and anxiety eat me, and I tried my best to learn more about my anxiety and panic attacks. In line with that, I found some of the helpful answers from these frequently asked questions. How do you calm an anxiety attack?  You can calm anxiety attacks when you breathe in slowly from your nose through your mouth. You can start deep breathing by gently closing your eyes and relaxing your body. It would be best if you recognized that you have a panic attack. That way, you easily shift your focus and practice mindfulness. After entirely understanding emotional and mental relaxation’s effectiveness, I get to free myself from too much anxiety. Every time it hits me up, I start channeling my emotional and mental energy into a productive activity. Instead of worrying too much about what could happen to my kids when I am not around them, I make sure to spend more time with them.  What does an anxiety attack feel like?  Anxiety attack often feels like you are losing control or going crazy. Sometimes, it gets accompanied by chest pain and heart palpitations. There is also the feeling like you’re going to pass out, as well as experiencing choking sensation and trouble breathing. Anxiety attack also causes chills and hot flushes.  What causes an anxiety attack?  Some factors can cause anxiety attacks. However, the usual reason is stress. It comes from life situations that perhaps include financial issues, a death in the family, work deadlines, and social relationship problems. An anxiety attack also happens when there is an impending worry or fear of upsetting chronic illness or other health issues.  What triggers panic attacks?  Panic attack triggers include family history. It could also come from major life stressors, such as serious illness, a loved one’s death, and traumatic event. These can include sexual assault, physical abuse, or a serious accident. But in my case, I often deal with a panic attack when my kids are not around. I always have these negative thoughts about my children getting hurt physically and emotionally when they are around other people. Yes, I know I can’t stop that from happening. That is why it took me a lot of time to realize that I should not worry too much about my kids every time they are out of sight.

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 Do hugs help anxiety attacks?  Fortunately, yes. Hugging impacts people’s overall health as it helps reduce stress and lower your risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Hugs may even help you heal emotionally and mentally as it releases dopamine in the brain. It is known as the pleasure hormone that provides feelings of happiness. Honestly, it really works. When I feel a little stressed and anxious, my children would run towards me and hug me. They make me feel secure every time they hold me in their arms so tightly.  What to drink to calm nerves?  Kava Tea, Valerian Root Tea, Warm Milk, Peppermint Tea, Anti-Anxiety Smoothie, Tart Cherry Juice, Green Tea, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetable Juice, and Water are the best drinks that help calm nerves.  Can anxiety go away by itself? Mild anxiety can go away on its own, even right after the stressful event that caused it. Some people can handle anxiety better than others. However, in the state of chronic anxiety, the condition often persists and eventually gets worse. It is important to consult a medical health professional if symptoms persist. I can’t often deal with anxiety because I understand that it is part of human nature. The particular emotion exists because there are a lot of things one cannot control. But as long as I stay positive and concern about my overall wellness, I know anxiety can’t stop me from taking care of myself, my wife, and my kids.  What happens during an anxiety attack?  During an anxiety attack, an individual may experience chest pain or discomfort. Sometimes, it gets included with chills or hot flushes. There is also trouble in breathing and sometimes experience choking sensation. There is also the constant fear of death and the feeling of going crazy or fear of losing control. As a father like me, my anxiety usually starts when my kids tell me that they are experiencing emotional issues. I need to jump off my office chair and go to where my kids are.  Can anxiety last all day?  Some moments of anxiety are shorter and mild compared to others. Usually, it lasts anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Sometimes, it can last for a couple of days. However, this anxiety feeling is incomparable to such passing worries or a stressful day for some people. Your anxiety may not go away for a couple of weeks or months. And sometimes, with its severity, it can last up to many years.  How long does anxiety take to heal?  Some anxiety conditions only take a while to heal, especially when you can incorporate certain methods to help with physical, emotional, and mental enhancement. However, the success of treatment in severe cases varies as it usually needs professional care. Thus, CBT is usually taken into consideration. Medical conditions vary with individual circumstances. Treatment options may be short-term or long-term, depending on the severity of symptoms.  What should I do after an anxiety attack?  An anxiety attack’s unsettling experience can cause you to feel emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted. To lessen your symptoms, you need to practice deep breathing techniques. Close your eyes and picture yourself in a happy place. Find focus on other objects so you can distract yourself from having an escalated anxiousness.  What should you not do during a panic attack?  There are things you should not do during a panic attack. You shouldn’t ignore your body. Listen to your needs, and don’t rely on self-diagnosis. Consult your health care specialist if you are not sure about your condition. And if possible, you mustn’t skip any doses of your prescribed antidepressant medicines. Besides that, I try to reach out to my wife and tell her how I feel. Luckily, she would comfort me and tell me that things will be alright. And I thank her for that.

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 Why do hugs help anxiety?  Hugs reduce stress by helping you to relax your muscles, increases circulation, and soothe aches and pains. It also releases dopamine and serotonin in your body that boosts your mood and relieves symptoms of depression.  Why do tight hugs help anxiety? Oxytocin is known to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine or most known as the feel-good hormones. Hugs elevate your mood and reduce muscle tension. Hugs can also help soothe aches and pains.