Often, people feel helpless and don't know what to do, but learning how to deal with panic attacks when they come out of nowhere can help you. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), if you are prone to panic attacks, it's best to speak with a mental health professional because it can be treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both. You have to try to remember you are not alone in this, and you can treat and overcome panic attacks. Take the time to learn about panic attacks, and speak with loved ones for support.
While knowing about panic attacks can help, there are tips you can learn to help you during and after such moments. When you realize you are about to have a panic attack, practicing some tips can alleviate the situation. Healthline recommends trying deep breathing by focusing on your breath because this can help calm you. Practice mindfulness by focusing on your current moment in reality. During such episodes, we enter the world of fear (that feels extremely real), so bringing yourself back can help relax you.
You can also try meditating. Furthermore, studies have shown that smelling lavender can help reduce the anxiety that causes panic attacks, per Medical News Today. Remind yourself that this too shall pass, and it's a temporary situation. It can be hard in the moment, but with practice — and perhaps keeping near you an item in which you have close personal value — you can help yourself feel better after a panic attack.