Panic attacks can be frightening to experience, so learning to manage them is crucial to continue your daily life without being brought down by them. Here are 4 habits that make it hard to manage panic attacks.
ENGAGING IN NEGATIVE THINKING
There is a huge range of negative thinking patterns that can be harmful to your psychological state. As a general rule, any thinking that brings you down or traps you in negative thought processes will worsen panic attacks. Sometimes, they even lead to panic attacks themselves! Negative thinking is the crux of anxiety, and it’s often irrational, over-critical, and not grounded in any form of reality. That’s why recognizing negative thinking and learning to change those thoughts and transform them into positive thinking can help you with panic attacks. Here are some common forms of negative thinking to be aware of: catastrophizing, magnification, jumping to conclusions, overthinking and emotional reasoning.
SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME ALONE AT HOME
Are you a homebody? It’s outstanding to be an introvert or to love your creature comforts! But balance is necessary if you want to manage your anxiety better. Overdoing your alone time or at-home time can both harm your anxiety levels. Here are some ways you shouldn’t be spending your time if you want to manage panic attacks: spending every weekend indoors, isolating yourself, being indoors all day.
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CHECKING DEVICES TOO OFTEN
Phones, laptops, computers, tablets… we live in the age of technology! With so much right at your fingertips, it’s tough to restrain yourself from constantly spending time on these devices. Unfortunately, that’s not healthy for you. Here are some ways that overdoing device usages can harm your mental health and worsen panic attacks: constantly checking your phone, in general, checking your work emails all the time, constantly scrolling on social media.
The food you eat changes the way your body functions. Your food contains the energy you will use throughout the day, and using the wrong kind of power is a surefire way to worsen your psychological state. Anxiety is significantly affected by this, as a lack of sustenance can trigger stress responses. Here are some ways you may be eating poorly and causing more severe panic attacks: skipping meals, not eating sufficient protein, low-carbohydrate diets, low-fat diets, eating too little.
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