In addition to medical treatment, the following lifestyle changes may help you manage the symptoms of panic disorder:
- Avoid caffeine.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid drug use.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Schedule quiet time for yourself each day.
Some people find that avoiding caffeine helps reduce panic attacks. Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and some soft drinks.
For information on reducing your caffeine intake, click here .
Avoid Drug Use
Avoid drug use unless prescribed or approved by your doctor. If you think you are addicted to illegal drugs or prescription or nonprescription medications, ask your doctor for help overcoming dependence on these substances.
Get Plenty of Rest
Feeling well rested can help you to feel more relaxed.
For more information on getting a good night sleep, click here .
Schedule Quiet Time for Yourself Each Day
Give yourself a little quiet time each day. This will help you release stress and feel more calm.
For more information on reducing stress, click here .
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -