Anybody can experience a panic attack at some point or another in their lives, even if suffering of a panic disorder or not. It's useful to learn some basic methods of stopping a panic attack in case it hits you when you least expect it. You probably have heard before about the breathing techniques that offer relief in such cases. Find out now exactly what they are and how to put them in practice.
Everybody says to take a deep breath, but contrary to the common belief, deep breath is not of help. Slow breaths are the ones that stop an attack. Deep breathing only makes it more difficult for you to breathe at all. Correct breathing comes from the diaphragm. Sit on your back and put one hand on your chest and the other one on your stomach in order to makes sure you are doing this correctly.
Start breathing and let your stomach go up and down as you do that. The hand on it is able to tell you if you breathe from your diaphragm, while the hand on your chest tells you if you are also using your chest. If both conditions are accomplished, you are breathing correctly. Do this exercise daily and if a panic attack occurs you will not feel like you are going to suffocate anymore.
Do your best to have a positive mindset. Keep on telling you that there is no need to panic and that you are completely relaxed. This will help you in stopping panic attacks right before happening. These tips can turn out to be very useful in attenuating the attack. However keep in mind that if you are experiencing frequent attacks you have to go to a specialist, as your condition might be more severe than you think.