According to the online therapy resource Betterhelp, an anxiety attack is defined as intense feelings of anxiety, fear, worry and worry that appear slowly but tend to persist even after the end of the “attack” itself. This is different from a panic attack, which occurs unusually and often manifests itself as acute fear and alienation from the world around you. There are two not the same thing, so keep in mind that the advice of Dr. Buqué is for a stress crisis. (However, you can find some tips for managing your panic disorder here.)
In a recent Instagram post, Dr. Buqué shared that if you experience a stress crisis in public (whether at a vacation party, doctor’s office or grocery store), you can distract your brain with a basic technique. “One thing you can do that is actually super incognito is to carefully measure the colors in the room,” he says. “You can measure the colors in the room for a period of 30 to 60 seconds and then write down how many colors you actually measured. This will actually distract you and distract your mind from anything that causes stress.” Until you distinguish the shades around you (“Emerald. Aquamarine. Ruby red …”), you should feel a little more like yourself again.
Dr.’s anti-anxiety tool Buqué is a great tool to keep in your back pocket. But keep in mind that if you have frequent anxiety attacks, it is a good idea to refer them to a mental health professional who can help you develop long-term strategies to keep your stress away. You do not need to navigate this yourself.
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