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Why Panic Attacks Are Actually Your Best Friend

Updated: Mar 13

Why Panic Attacks Are Actually Your Best Friend

A friend support during an attack

Panic attacks are a common occurrence among many individuals, and they can be incredibly frightening and overwhelming. The physical sensations associated with panic attacks can feel debilitating and can disrupt your daily life. However, what many people fail to understand is that panic attacks are not random occurrences. Instead, they are signs from your body that you need to listen to and act on before serious health problems develop. In this article, we will explore the following;

  • What is a panic attack?

  • Why panic attacks are your best friend

  • How you can learn to overcome them.

  • Case Study: Overcoming Panic Attacks with Hypnotherapy, NLP and Mind Reboot


What is a Panic Attack?

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Before we delve into why panic attacks are your best friend, let's first define what they are. A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear or discomfort that typically lasts for a few minutes. It is simply the body’s way of trying to get rid of stuff quickly and efficiently. It’s your body’s attempt to flush out the offender so you can feel better. The body and mind reach a point of overload and need to do a big “flush” to get back into equilibrium.


During a panic attack, you may experience a range of physical sensations, including heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Panic attacks can occur out of the blue or in response to a trigger, such as a stressful event or a phobia.


Why Panic Attacks Are Your Best Friend


Many people view panic attacks as negative experiences that they would rather avoid. However, panic attacks are actually your body's way of sending you an important message that you need to listen to.


This is why a panic attack really is your best friend in helping you to get out of this state. It’s like when your best friend holds you and takes care of you when you vomit, holds back your hair, makes sure that you don’t make those phone calls to your ex at 2 am in the morning and makes sure that you get home safe.


Understanding that panic attacks are your best friend can take much of the fear and power out of the equation. When you know that a panic attack is simply a message from your body to think and behave in a different way, you can take control and give your body what it's asking for. As a best friend, it keeps reminding you that you need changes in your life…

By doing so, you can prevent more serious health problems from developing and improve your overall well-being.




When you have a panic attack, your body is trying to tell you that you need to slow down, stop, and make changes before serious health problems develop. If you continue to ignore the warning signs, you may experience a heart attack, cancer, or another catastrophic event.


How to Get Rid of Panic Attacks


To overcome panic attacks, it's essential to work on your sleep. Anxiety and panic attacks are often linked to sleep issues, and by fixing the quality of your sleep, you can also work on the panic. One effective therapy for improving sleep and reducing panic attacks is hypnotherapy.


Hypnotherapy is a safe, effective, and proven therapy for resolving sleep issues and getting rid of anxieties that may be contributing to panic attacks. During proper sleep, your mind is flushing and solving unnecessary problems so you can wake up refreshed and relaxed.


By creating a relaxed state of mind, your brain is fully open to finding lasting solutions and creating positive change.


A combined approach to overcoming panic attacks


The tools I give my clients provide lasting panic attack relief. We use a combination of hypnotherapy, NLP, Mind Reboot and IEMT to encourage positive change. We release traumas and negative beliefs to get rid of what’s holding you back to reach your goals.

This approach is solution-focused, and the emphasis is on what we can change. There’s no focus on the past - we are all about the future and how you want to feel. These techniques activate the parasympathetic mind, also known as the “chill-out brain”. This moves the mind and body into a rest and digestion state.


You will learn simple but effective tools to use every single day for a calmer mind.


These therapies teach you how to recognize and manage your thoughts and emotions, which can help you feel more in control of your life.


Case Study: Overcoming Panic Attacks with NLP, Mind Reboot and Hypnotherapy



At the Psychologist

Let's take a look at a client of mine who was struggling with severe panic attacks before seeking therapy. Her panic attacks were so debilitating that she was afraid to go out in public. However, after just three neuroscience-based therapy sessions, she felt able to go into a coffee shop and spend time with a family member. This experience was fun and liberating for her, something that she thought was impossible before working together.


Through this combined therapy approach, she gained a full understanding of why her panic attacks were happening and a range of tools that she could use every day to help her feel calm and in control. She even stated that "Gabriella is very kind and knowledgeable. She helped me a lot and gave me so many tools to tackle my panic attacks. It's nice that you can actually get suggestions and valid explanations, about why things happen in a certain way and why your body reacts like that. I can only recommend her!”


There are other lifestyle changes that can help reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks. These include;

  • exercise,

  • relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing,

  • mindfulness

  • arts, crafting

  • gratitude

  • avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine.


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Another critical aspect of managing panic attacks is identifying and addressing any underlying emotional or psychological issues that may be contributing to them. This could include past traumas, unresolved conflicts, or ongoing stressors in your life. Working with a therapist who is using a combined approach can be an effective way to explore these issues and develop strategies for coping with them.


It's important to remember that panic attacks are not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. They are a natural response to stress and anxiety, and they can be managed and overcome with the right tools and support.


In fact, many people who have experienced panic attacks report that they have gained valuable insights and personal growth from the experience. By learning to manage their anxiety and develop greater self-awareness and resilience, they have become stronger and more confident in their ability to handle life's challenges.


So if you're struggling with panic attacks, try to reframe your perspective and view them as an opportunity for growth and positive change. Seek out the support and resources you need to manage your symptoms and work towards a happier, more fulfilling life.


Remember, panic attacks are not your enemy - they can be your best friend if you listen to the message they're trying to send and take action to care for yourself.


If panic attacks are taking over your life, it’s a sign that you need to slow down and listen to the messages your body is sending out. Feel free to book a consultation to see how we can achieve this.



Gabriella Davidovics


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What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is a sudden onset of intense fear or discomfort that typically reaches its peak within a few minutes and lasts up to an hour. Panic attacks are often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, chest pain, and choking or being smothered. People who experience panic attacks may also feel dizzy or lightheaded, nauseous or have abdominal distress, chills or heat sensations, numbness or tingling sensations, or a sense of impending doom.

Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly or may be triggered by specific situations or objects, such as public speaking, flying, or being in a crowded place. Panic attacks can be very distressing and can lead to avoidance of certain situations or places to prevent future attacks.

Panic attacks can be treated within a few therapy sessions as it is a sign of having too much stress and anxiety in your life. When we release what’s holding you back and you learn to balance your mental health, panic attacks will disappear from your life.

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