Now try playing with the picture in your mind. You might want to relax while you are doing this. Close your eyes and bring to mind your panic images. So, for example, if you imagine your heart bursting, try seeing it in new ways perhaps as infinitely elastic, or so strong that it simply cannot burst. Incidentally your heart is designed to beat at different rates. Its only job is to pump blood and your increased blood pressure wont make an iota of difference to its central function. What you are doing with image manipulation is something elite sportsmen and women do all the time. They see their performance in positive ways and this not only changes how they feel but seems to have a positive effect on their actual output.
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Try belly breathing instead. Carbonell compared the type of breathing you’ll need to the breathing of infants, whose bellies rise and fall with each inhale and exhale. When an attack starts, exhale deeply, loosen your shoulders and focus on some longer, deeper inhales and exhales that let your belly rise and fall. Place one hand on your belly if you need to feel this happening. Relax It’s easy to say “just relax,” right? But once you start to observe your body during a panic attack, you might find that certain parts of your body clench up during an attack. Make a deliberate effort to tighten and then relax those parts of your body.
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