3 Panic Coping Tactics to Keep You Working
Nov 05, 2020
Panic attacks seem to be lurking close by, ready to strike at any moment's notice. An accumulation of stress building up over time unseen can make these attacks seem to come out of nowhere. Usually, this can occur during the most inopportune times like during work. What do you do when this happens? How do you get through this episode unscathed, especially if you are in the middle of your work-day?
No matter how you feel whether you're light-headed, dizzy or you feel detached from reality keep breathing. Even if breathing seems hard and the air feels like cotton, breathe. Try to breathe slowly. Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth, this slows your breath down and sends a signal to your brain to calm down.
Concentrate on what you
are doing at that moment and keep doing it, this is especially helpful
if you are in the middle of doing a task. Hold all your focus on doing
that task. This could give you mental grounding.
Find Someone to Talk to
Locate a trusted co-worker within the vicinity to chat with, let them know what's going on as best you can, and ask them to talk to you. Engage in a conversation while working, even if it is about your panic attack to help them understand what's going on. Humorous banter may work best.
It's Okay to Step Away
If the 3 above tactics don't work, excuse yourself if you are able. Leave the area as quickly and calmly as you can. Find a safe place to be to calm down.
These tactics may not
work for everyone or in certain situations. Find out what works best for
you. Book an appointment for an anxiety counseling session. We can help
identify ways in which you can cope with panic attacks
during work or in other areas of your life, contact us today.