Many people nowadays suffer from Aquaphobia, which is is medical definition of water-related anxieties and panic attacks.
If you are a poor swimmer, or may have some negative association with water that perhaps stems from a childhood experience, you can suffer from this aspect of the disorder. In order to feel better in such a state, you can try self-help strategies or engage in therapy sessions.
If you are breathing rapidly during the time when you approach the ocean or swimming pools and then the panic attack arises you, breathe in and out, preferably out of a paper bag. This can help because generally when panic attacks occur, it is due to inhaling too much oxygen. Using a paper bag will bring your oxygen levels back to normal. Controlling your breathing can significantly calm you down. Slow abdominal breathing has been seen as an effective method to prevent panic attacks.
Furthermore, you should exercise regularly which leads to burning extra adrenaline in your body. Adrenaline causes faster heart beats and rapid breathing. Meditation and yoga practices, if practiced daily, promote relaxation and bring about positive feelings in your mind. Moreover, you should try to develop ways in which you can overcome your negative thinking. This can make you stronger in terms of coping up with panic attacks that you encounter.
You should also abstain from alcohol, cigarette and caffeine intake if you are susceptible to panic attacks. Alcohol consumption uses the extra supply of vitamin B present inside your body.
Also, it is essential to find a friend or family member who you can confide in. This will make you feel much calmer and will decrease your exposure to unnecessary burden and stress. Sleep is also essential. You must ensure you get enough sleep. A good sleeping routine will help in reducing panic attacks significantly. (more…)