Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tips to Prevent Panic Attacks During Menopause

(Guest post)

While panic attacks can happen to just about anyone, from teenagers to women and men alike, panic attacks can also be very common in perimenopausal and menopausal women. There are actually many issues associated with menopause, from hair loss to weight gain, from anxiety to depression, from insomnia to fatigue. But perhaps one of the most frightening is anxiety during menopause.

 Though everyone is different, and each woman will differ with symptoms relating to menopause, panic attacks typically include the following symptoms:
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pains 
  •  Hot flashes
  • Cold chills 
  • Fainting 
The severity of a panic attack can range from mild to extreme, depending on the panic attack itself and the individual suffering from it. A wide number of things can actually trigger the onset of a panic attack. Usually, attacks from panic due to menopause are the results of changes and fluctuations in a woman's hormones. After all, it's during this time in her life that she will be experiencing extreme drops in her primary hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone. These extreme declines can cause emotional shifts and mood swings, as well as stress and anxiety that can in turn, to lead to something as extreme as a panic attack. One way to combat anxiety is to take a dietary supplement. There are many to choose from, Kuhl Care (http://www.kuhlcare.com) has been receiving rave reviews and might be worth looking into.

 If fits of panic attacks in one individual are left untreated, this can then cause phobias in certain situations. Even worse, is that such as attacks caused by panic can easily take a toll on your overall health. From mental issues, all the way to physical stress, attacks that are ongoing and not relieved can be detrimental to one's well-begin. Here are a few tips in order to help relieve and prevent future attacks:

Identity: Identifying the main issue behind the attacks is the first step to treating this issue. Although the attack itself is probably the result of all the changes associated with menopause, there may be certain situations and circumstance that could trigger an attack. Your job now, is to find out what these are, if any.

Stay Positive: One of the most effective things you can do to keep yourself healthy, both in a physical and in a mental way, is to try and keep yourself positive at all times. Try to think of only positive thoughts, especially before you to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning. You can even try out certain ways of coping with stress that could otherwise lead to extreme panic, such as meditation, yoga and aromatherapy.

Distract Yourself: Upon the onset of an attack, try your best to find something that will distract and occupy your mind. Doing so can easily put an end to a panic attack.

Seek Help: Sometimes talking to people, such as your loved ones can help out in this situation. You can also find help through therapy.

Breathe: Always always breathe. Sometimes even breathing through a paper bag will help. Also, make sure to relax your muscles during an attack. Trying these methods is a great start to helping yourself out, and avoiding panic attacks in the future that are associated with menopause.




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