(Excerpted from the Freedom of Fear Foundation Newsletter, July-August 1994)
Use any or all of the following positive coping statements to help you cultivate attitudes of accepting, floating and letting time pass during a panic attack. You may find it helpful to repeat a statement over and over the first minute or two when you feel the panic symptoms coming on. You may also want to do some deep abdominal breathing in conjunction with repeating a statement. If one statement becomes tiresome or seems to stop working, try another.
Write your most helpful suggestions on a 3 x 5 card and keep it with you. The statements and the act of reading the statements to yourself will lessen the anxiety and allow you to stay in the present.
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