If you've been looking, unsuccessfully, for some great panic attack self help ideas, then perhaps you should consider the power of negative suggestions.
Throughout our lives, we're constantly faced with negative suggestions – "Beware" signs, "Do not Hit Your Head" signs, "Do not Run With Scissors." You get the idea. But here's the problem with all these negative suggestions: the more we try to avoid doing something, the more likely we are to actually go ahead and do it.
In its simplest form, this is often simply a rebellious desire to do something that society, or our own brain, is telling us not to do. But in its more complex form, it's a very dangerous and subconscious power that our minds have over us.
Think for a moment about the words your mind speaks to you on a daily basis regarding your panic attacks. In a busy area, when you feel flustered, you may tell yourself over and over again, "Do not have a panic attack, do not have a panic attack." If you experience a physical symptom that's caused by your anxiety, such as palpitations, for example, you may repeat in your head again and again, "I'm not having a heart attack, I'm not having a heart attack."
On a basic level, you're doing a good thing – you're reassuring yourself.
But on a deeper level, and on a level that's still very real to your subconscious, your mind is yelling at you the thoughts you're trying hardest not to have. So, "Do not have a panic attack, do not have a panic attack" becomes "Have a panic attack! Have a panic attack!" And "I'm not having a heart attack, I'm not having a heart attack" becomes "Having a heart attack! Having a heart attack!"
If you want proof that negative suggestions do, in fact, affect all of us in this way, then try this little test.
I want you to try as hard as you can not to think of an elephant.
My command to you was not to think of an elephant, but the command "think of an elephant" is still embedded in there, and your mind finds it impossible not to think of an elephant. The moment I gave you a command not to think of an elephant, an image of one appeared in your mind.
And the thoughts that are inspired by your panic and anxiety disorders are no different.
Simply being aware of how negative suggestion has the power to worsen your problems with panic and anxiety will allow you to alter very slightly the way you think, and instantly create a better frame of mind that's more beneficial in fighting off panic attacks and the horrible things associated with them.
The key is to turn your negative suggestion thinking into positive suggestion thinking. So instead of the thought "Do not have a panic attack," which in your head becomes "Have a panic attack," you can think something more along the lines of, "I'll be okay," or "This will pass and I'll be fine again. " Notice in those last two thoughts that there are no concealed negative suggestions hiding in there.
Now that you're aware of the destructive nature of negative suggestions, you'll discover that you experience them on a very frequent basis. But now that you know how to recognize them, you will be able to nip them in the bud, and eventually be able to cut them out of your thoughts completely.
This simple reorganizing of your thoughts is an incredibly powerful strategy, and one of the most beneficial panic attack self help concepts that you should make a part of your life from this point on.