How to calm down: The 5-4-3-2-1 exercise can stop panic - South Arkansas Sun

An activity that uses all of one's concentration can control anxiety

The 5-4-3-2-1 Exercise is a quick way to dispel anxiety. It is nothing more than a concentration exercise

5-4-3-2-1 Exercise to give clients who experience fear of flying a way to break out of the vicious cycle in which an anxiety-producing thought triggers the release of stress hormones

The 5-4-3-2-1 can stop a panic attack if it is used early. This means a person must sense when they are headed toward panic

Then, in a state of overwhelm, any effort to attempt to stop the panic increases the overwhelm. Used early enough, it stops panic

Years ago Australian Claire Weekes pointed out that, once a panic attack has started, the best way out of the attack is to go along with the ride

A newer exercise, the Strengthening Exercises, can. Instead of hoping panic won't happen, train you mind to keep panic from happening at all

Sit or recline comfortably. Focus on some object in front of you. Keep your focus on it throughout the exercise

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