Breaking Free from Anxiety: A Guide to Managing Panic Attacks

October 4, 2023

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You feel your heart racing, your palms begin to sweat, and your thoughts spiral out of control. Suddenly, you can’t catch your breath and a sense of impending doom washes over you. This is an anxiety attack. 

Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, can be overwhelming and debilitating. But there are ways to manage and reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the United States, affecting over 40 million adults. But there is hope. With the right therapy and support, you can regain control of your life and reduce the frequency and intensity of anxiety attacks.

Why Do Panic Attacks Happen?

Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, happen when the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered, releasing a flood of stress hormones like adrenaline. This can happen in response to a specific trigger, such as a phobia, or it can happen for no apparent reason at all.

Physical Signs Of Anxiety Attacks 

The first step in managing anxiety attacks is recognizing the signs. These can include rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, difficulty breathing, and a sense of impending doom. If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to take action to reduce your stress levels.

How To Stop Panic Attacks

Deep breathing exercises, such as taking slow, deep breaths in and out, can help to calm the body and reduce the physical symptoms of an anxiety attack. Mindfulness meditation, yoga, or exercise are also effective ways to reduce stress and prevent anxiety attacks.

However, these techniques can only do so much. To truly overcome anxiety, it’s important to address the underlying causes of your anxiety. This is where therapy comes in. A therapist or counselor can help you to identify the triggers of your anxiety and develop a plan to manage them.

At Steady NYC, we specialize in treating anxiety disorders using a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and EMDR. Our goal is to empower you with the tools and strategies you need to manage your anxiety and live a fulfilling life.

Don’t let anxiety control your life any longer. Take the first step towards recovery and schedule a consultation with me today. Together, we can work towards reducing the frequency and intensity of your anxiety attacks and give you back control over your life.


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About the author
Kyra Ross

Kyra believes that the incorporation of the whole person is needed for growth, healing, and the ability to flourish as an individual. In her work as a clinician, she utilizes body and breathwork to strengthen the awareness of the mind/body connection. Awareness of her clients intersectionality and how their multiple identities contribute to their worldview allows room for healing from intergenerational and societal traumas.