Tips for Preventing and Lessening Panic Attacks

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It can feel impossible in the moment of an attack to try rational strategies. That’s why tips are best tested when you’re feeling better and stronger. Visiting a wise mental health professional (and listening to their advice) can greatly increase your chance for success in trying these tips. Always see a professional when in doubt and get help immediately if you feel suicidal.

  • Practice thinking about things that give you special delight. Philippians 4:8b says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT) Make a habit of thinking about these kinds of things. Even if you start only thinking about them 1 minute a day and add 1 extra minute each day, in one year you would be thinking about them for about 6 hours a day! Ask God to help you focus your thoughts on the good, not the evil.
  • Practice thinking about things that have eternal significance. Colossians 3:2 says, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Does that mean God doesn’t want you to think about paying bills or unloading the dishwasher? No, actually what it means I believe is to look at everything you think about through the perspective of eternity. If you realize that paying your bills helps bless your family and leave a godly legacy for them, or that unloading the dishwasher sets an example for your children for how to serve, for example, you’re on the right track!
  • Find a small group. 1 Thessalonians 5:11b says, “. . encourage one another and build each other up . .” Join a small group where you can share with friends and they can share with you. You might just find they could use your help! If you don’t know how to get connected to a small group, ask around at local churches. More than likely, unless you live rurally, there are a ton of options in your area.
  • Get involved in missions. Philippians 2:4 says, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Feeding hungry families at a local homeless shelter, hosting a book fair for elementary students, bringing flowers to a friend in a nursing home, and volunteering at a local pregnancy care center are all ways you can touch the lives of others. You never know, but that God could use you to help others who have panic attacks, too!
Published in: on March 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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