There are many home remedies for panic attacks. While not all of these remedies may work for all people, many sufferers find at least some home remedies to help minimize the severity of the attacks. Physical activity, aromatherapy, deep breathing, self-talking techniques, dietary changes and massage are just some of the home remedies for panic attacks.
Panic attacks are the main symptom of panic disorder. Panic disorder is fairly common, as about one in twenty people are said to have it in a mild to severe form. A panic disorder is characterized by attacks of anxiety which can be as short as a few minutes to as long as an hour. The sufferer feels overwhelmed by fear and anxiety and the body responds with an increase in adrenaline, shortness of breath, racing heartbeat and often an upset stomach as well. Hyperventilating and skin sensations are also common.
Massage of the neck and throat is said to help ease panic attacks as these areas are often tense during the attacks. However, it's important to be careful to massage gently on one side of the neck and throat and not both sides at once. Too aggressive massaging on both sides may cause unconsciousness if the massaging interferes with blood flow.
Dietary changes that include avoiding caffeine in beverages such as soda, tea and coffee are often said to help reduce the likelihood of a panic attack. Some people think that attacks may be caused by dietary deficiencies such as a lack of B-complex vitamins, calcium or magnesium. Be sure to discuss this with a doctor or qualified nutritionist before taking extra vitamins or minerals.
Some sufferers have noted that self-talking techniques can help reduce the severity of the attacks. For example, during an attack, the sufferers tell themselves that, yes, they are having an attack, but it will be all right. The idea that they can experience the attack, yet know they will be all right after it seems to help some panic attack sufferers feel more calm and in control.
Deep breathing can help calm down the hyperventilating, or rapid shallow breathing, that often accompanies a panic attack. Aromatherapy, in which the sufferer smells comforting aromas associated with pleasant childhood memories may also be calming. Daily exercise has been shown to help sufferers cope with the attacks better than if exercise is done only occasionally.