Re: panic attacks and holding your breath
Yes, it does help. It keeps in the carbon dioxide which helps in slowing down the breathing. The fast breathing increases oxygen which leads to hyperventilation....and that can cause faster heart rate, light headedness, headache, numbness of extremities..etc which gives the sensation to some panic suffers that they are having a stroke or heart attack.
The physical sensations are what people notice first -- although it's the thoughts that are actually creating the anxiety. They focus on that and the fearful thoughts are what help continue and escalate the anxiety and panic, etc.
Yes, when I get the VERY first flutter or sensations of anxiety I take in a very slow breath and hold it until the anxiety sensations stop.
I don't even care what thoughts I was having because it doesn't matter anymore....I can stop an anxiety attack in under half a minute and that's fine with me.
It's an intervention that's successful for sure.
Glad it worked for you.
It's all a matter of perspective!