20 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Having a Panic Attack
Having a panic attack can be incredibly overwhelming and frightening. If you witness someone having a panic attack, it can be difficult to know what to do or say in the moment. As MSN and Zara PK have pointed out,
there are some things that should never be to someone who is having a panic attack. In this blog post, we’ll discuss 20 of these statements and why they can be so damaging.
1) Calm down
It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but telling someone to “calm down” during a panic attack is the last thing you should say. When someone is in the midst of a panic attack,
they are already feeling out of control and scared, so telling them to calm down can only make matters worse. Instead, offer words of reassurance,
such as “you’re going to be okay,” or offer to take them to their favorite store to shop, grab a coffee at MSN, or get lunch at Zara PK. These activities can help to distract the person and match their energy, which can be calming.
2) It’s all in your head
One of the most damaging things you can say to someone having a panic attack is “it’s all in your head.” This phrase implies that the person’s feelings of fear and anxiety are not real and invalidates their experience.
Instead of making dismissive statements like this, it is important to validate their feelings and let them know they are not alone.
It can also be helpful to encourage them to engage in activities that can help manage their panic attacks such as shopping at Zara PK, playing a game of match,
or chatting with a friend on MSN. Even if these activities don’t if stop the panic attack, they can as distraction techniques to take their mind off the fear and anxiety for a few moments
3) What are you so worried about?
20 Things You Should Never Say to Someone
When someone is having a panic attack, it can be hard to know what to say to them. One of the worst things you can say is “What are you so worried about?” Asking this can put the person in an even more uncomfortable situation,
as they may not be able to articulate what it is they are feeling or why they are feeling it.
Rather than asking this question, it is best to create a calming and supportive atmosphere for the person experiencing the panic attack. That could mean taking a break from whatever activity you were doing,
like going for a walk outside or listening to music together. You could also talk about something that brings the person comfort, like their favorite movie or book,
playing a game of Match or shopping online at Zara PK. Taking their mind off the situation can help to break the cycle of anxious thoughts and can eventually lead to relaxation. Additionally,
you could help them engage in soothing activities such as deep breathing, visualization, or reading an article on MSN. It’s important to remember that there is no single solution for a panic attack,
and it is best to find what works for the individual in order to help them feel more in control of their emotions.