Having panic attacks after a breakup is actually a common occurrence, even if right now you may feel like you are the only one in the world to be having them. You are likely a sensitive soul and gave everything you had to that special person and are now feeling lost in the world. Some of you may be in fact contemplating suicide, while everything may seem lost right now there are some steps you can take to try to get through this very painful experience in your life.
One of the first things you can do after a painful breakup is to get up everyday, even if this is the hardest thing to do, do it. Get up and choose yourself for the day, do everything for you, exercise, work, eat, go shopping if that fancies you (although don’t make shopping a crutch – that’s a whole other issue).
Each morning may be the hardest struggle for you, you may be having dreams that keep it that much harder for you to move on, if this is the case, get up quickly, don’t dwell and linger in bed and on the thoughts, that will only make things worse.
Get a new routine going everyday, something you don’t even have to think about, make it a habit to get up and do this new thing. If that is exercising, great, exercising can be an excellent way to gain back some of the confidence you have lost, that and it is a great distraction.
The next thing you need to do is stop all contact with the person who broke your heart, this will be the hardest thing to do because likely you are thinking of them every second, perhaps even worrying about them, it is necessary to push them from your mind as much as possible and distract yourself with other things to allow time to begin its healing process.
If you are experiencing panic attacks in the mornings when you wake or even throughout the day the best thing you can do is let them happen, face them head on and realize that it is only your mind dwelling on the person you cannot have, you must accept that you cannot have them, for now, and let it be. Take a deep breath, let the panic attack run its course and move on from it. By doing this each panic attack will start to decrease in intensity with time.
Panic attacks after a breakup can be life altering and debilitating, they can keep you from being able to function, they are often even terrifying – keeping you from breathing normally you may even feel like you’re having a heart attack or that your heart is actually breaking. Rest assured it is not and you will be fine, try to remember that life isn’t about that person, it is about so many more things and make yourself the focal point for once, by doing this you’ll eventually get past the hurt and the panic attacks will stop.