4 Key Strategies For Dealing With Anxiety Attacks
Your heart is pounding. You can’t seem to catch your breath. You feel dizzy. You
start to feel tingly or numb in your hands and feet. You feel a pressure in your
chest and you think you you’re having a heart attack - or dying…In fact you’re not
having a heart attack at all - and you’re not dying. These are all symptoms of an
In 2009 almost a fifth of British workers thought their job was very or extremely
stressful. The year before that, the Health & Safety Executive reported that over
11 million days were lost due to stress, anxiety or depression.
Over 19 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder according to the
National Institute of Mental Health. The World Health Organisation puts the
European figure of those suffering from mental health disorders, including stress
and anxiety, at over 80 million. The global figure is said to be well over 100
So what is anxiety?
Anxiety is a disorder in which sufferers experience an intense, irrational fear and
an impending sense of doom or dread. It manifests as a paralysing fear for no
apparent reason that will make you feel trapped. And you can experience this
unprovoked fear at any time of day.
There are other disorders that go hand-in-hand with Anxiety Disorder. These
include Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia, or other
phobias that may require treatment.
Causes of anxiety
There could be specific causes of anxiety or you may experience anxiety for no
apparent reason. Often sufferers of anxiety attacks fear having another attack,
and in cases like these the fear of an attack fuels the anxiety even more. It is a
The pressure of living in a fast-paced society can also trigger anxiety…work,
family, children, and other events can lead to people feeling pressured and
What can you do to cope?
There are four things you can do to try to deal with anxiety attacks:
1. Firstly try and relax as m