Focusing on the different features of my app, one of the features I would like to have is a step-by-step way to help users cope with panic attacks. In order to do this, I need to know how people cope and what ways work.
Searching on Pinterest (my FYP pinterest board) I found a pin about how people cope with panic attacks (view here) which linked to an article by the website Patient, who teamed up with Anxiety UK and asked users on Twitter how they cope with panic attacks.
Below are some of the 26 different ways people cope:
Distract yourself – like playing a game on your phone
Singing a song – singing a song out loud can be both funny and helpful
Listening to audiobooks – distraction without having to focus on something
Going out and getting fresh air – going for a brisk walk as anxiety attacks feed on adrenaline
Different breathing techniques – inhaling for 4 seconds, hold for 4 and exhaling for 6 and repeat
Call a friend – pick up the phone and talking to someone will help calm you down
Accepting the emotions – learning to accept the emotions instead of fighting them will help them to stop returning more often
Solving a made up problem – trying to think of a solution to a problem you make up, as silly as it is, will make you focus on the solution rather than the attack
Certain techniques – name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and one thing you can taste. This distracts your mind from the panicky feelings
I thought this article was inspiring because not only does it inform me of what helps people to cope, but it also comes from people who have experienced/are experiencing panic attacks every so often. Having different opinions from different people is very helpful – it gave me a broader range of opinions than from just one person. Every person is different and may cope differently so it’s better to have several ways of coping rather than just one. Of course, these are only a few different ways of coping and I am sure there are many other ways that I will have to research.