Berni Alexandrou; Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner & Counsellor
How can I stop these panic attacks? They're ruining my life!
Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or apprehension which come on suddenly. They are usually accompanied by heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality. They can last from minutes to hours. Panic attacks usually begin abruptly, reaching a peak within 10 to 20 minutes, gradually subsiding on their own.
A good way to control a panic attack is through breathing exercises. One such breathing exercise is a 5-2-5 count. Using the stomach (or diaphragm)—and not the chest—you inhale (feel your stomach come out, as opposed to your chest expanding) for 5 seconds. As soon as you have breathed in as much as you can,, hold your breath for 2 seconds. Then slowly breathe out, over 5 seconds. Repeat this cycle twice, and then breathe 'normally'.
If you suffer from panic attacks, you are most likely an anxious person in general. Do you worry about things that might happen? That you have no control over?
With cognitive counselling and hypnotherapy I can help you to control and overcome these problems.