Symptoms of Panic Attacks
- Racing heart
- Tingling or numbness in your hands
- An overwhelming sense of terror or impending doom
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling like you’re losing control
How to Handle Panic Attacks at Work
- Find a spot to be alone: If you are experiencing a panic attack in front of co-workers, inform them that you need to leave by excusing yourself to go to the bathroom or saying you need to take a personal phone call outside of the room. If you’re in your office, close the door.
- Organize your worries: Stop your thoughts from spinning out of control by identifying them and putting them in order of importance (you can do this mentally or actually write them down). This can sometimes be enough to start calming you down.
- Think positively: Tell yourself that you are in control—this simple reminder can help push negative thoughts out of your mind.
- Relax your muscles: With a panic attack, your whole body will begin to tense up. Take a moment to focus on relaxing your muscles from head to toe. By putting your attention on something simple like this, you can calm down more quickly.