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Guy Finds A Brilliant Yet Simple Way To Prevent His GF’s Panic Attacks – By Putting An Ice Cube Into Her Mouth
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Guy Finds A Brilliant Yet Simple Way To Prevent His GF’s Panic Attacks – By Putting An Ice Cube Into Her Mouth

The National Institute of Mental Health describes panic disorder as an anxiety disorder that is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of an intense sense of fear that seem to occur out of nowhere. These episodes can be accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or even abdominal distress.

While psychotherapy and medications can certainly help with the issue, not all people decide to voice their problems to a doctor and choose to rely on themselves to deal with panic attacks when they come. This Tumblr user shared a brilliant way her boyfriend came up with to calm her down and prevent a surging panic attack.

This person recently shared a simple yet brilliant tip her boyfriend came up with to prevent a panic attack

Turns out, as many as 4.7% of adults in the US experience panic attacks at some time in their lives. According to the statistics, panic disorder is more likely to affect women than men, but some argue that men don’t like to admit having mental health issues and therefore avoid seeking help.

Turns out, a simple ice cube could do the trick

Image credits: Marco Verch

Apparently, the cold distracted his girlfriend and distanced her thoughts from the incoming anxiety

However, not all is lost even for those who would rather keep their mental health issues to themselves. This Tumblr user who goes by the nickname “thesigilwitch” shared a brilliant yet very simple tip for how to overcome the incoming surge of panic.

Thankfully, it all turned out just as he had hoped it would

Image credits: Beatrice Murch

Another Tumblr user shared some knowledge and explained why “the ice cube method” actually worked

Turns out, one time, her boyfriend suggested for her to put an ice cube in her mouth. Despite feeling unsure about it, she gave in to his pleas, and, to her surprise, it worked!

Turns out, it kept the non-crucial body functions working when they would usually shut down during a panic attack

Image credits: rawdonfox

People who tried “the ice cube method” after reading her post confirmed that it worked for them, too

Others said that chewing on a slice of lemon could work as well

Image credits: Chemiu

Someone explained that these kinds of distractions work not only with panic attacks

Furthermore, eating some spicy food could help as well

Image credits: Paul Bratcher

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Fulsome Kitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Panic attacks are different for different people. If you need it, try it. Hopefully it works for you! If not, count your breaths and actively try to relax your muscles and try to be patient until the adrenaline response passes. Also, remember that panic causes panic. The cortisol and adrenaline released into your system can cause residual heart palpitations, blood sugar crashes, and anxiety for days to come. Keeping that in mind can help you from panicking about your new symptoms and help you focus on what you can control. Hopefully the ice method or ANY method helps you! You are not alone!

Rex the Rat
Community Member
2 years ago

For some reason when I would go into a panic attack the breathing part was the worst, I would try to breathe slow but then I would breathe to hard and I was just a mess 😂. But personally what helped me was go outside and focus on the beauty of nature, your right it's different for each person.

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Ivana Junas
Community Member
2 years ago

This works on the concept of grounding oneself. It is considered a temporary solution, ad grounding methods doesn't work for everyone. If it doesn't work for you, then don't worry and try something else. Grounding makes my panic attacks much worse.

Pseudo Puppy
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2 years ago

Ivana, I totally hear you!! When I was having panic attacks, it ALWAYS happened unexpectedly and when I was CALM. The whole "grounding" thing, was my initial trigger, so trying to "stay calm" only exacerbated my panic. It felt like drowning on dry land with lungs full of sand. Horrifying, isn't a strong enough word. What I found worked for me, was to talk. Having to "explain" what was happening to an ER nurse, enabled my brain to both be active, and focused, and surprisingly calmed my body down, so I could function again. (The ER nurse intentionally asked *me* to explain to him what was happening, because he knew it would help me. He wasn't being a jerk in any way. And thank goodness he did, because it was the first time I found any technique that would help!). Ivana, if you're still experiencing them, I wish you all the best - I know how horrific it can be. :)

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Isle_of_stressed_pilots
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2 years ago

this is why I always keep WarHeads in my pocket (the card sour candy)

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Fulsome Kitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Panic attacks are different for different people. If you need it, try it. Hopefully it works for you! If not, count your breaths and actively try to relax your muscles and try to be patient until the adrenaline response passes. Also, remember that panic causes panic. The cortisol and adrenaline released into your system can cause residual heart palpitations, blood sugar crashes, and anxiety for days to come. Keeping that in mind can help you from panicking about your new symptoms and help you focus on what you can control. Hopefully the ice method or ANY method helps you! You are not alone!

Rex the Rat
Community Member
2 years ago

For some reason when I would go into a panic attack the breathing part was the worst, I would try to breathe slow but then I would breathe to hard and I was just a mess 😂. But personally what helped me was go outside and focus on the beauty of nature, your right it's different for each person.

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Ivana Junas
Community Member
2 years ago

This works on the concept of grounding oneself. It is considered a temporary solution, ad grounding methods doesn't work for everyone. If it doesn't work for you, then don't worry and try something else. Grounding makes my panic attacks much worse.

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
2 years ago

Ivana, I totally hear you!! When I was having panic attacks, it ALWAYS happened unexpectedly and when I was CALM. The whole "grounding" thing, was my initial trigger, so trying to "stay calm" only exacerbated my panic. It felt like drowning on dry land with lungs full of sand. Horrifying, isn't a strong enough word. What I found worked for me, was to talk. Having to "explain" what was happening to an ER nurse, enabled my brain to both be active, and focused, and surprisingly calmed my body down, so I could function again. (The ER nurse intentionally asked *me* to explain to him what was happening, because he knew it would help me. He wasn't being a jerk in any way. And thank goodness he did, because it was the first time I found any technique that would help!). Ivana, if you're still experiencing them, I wish you all the best - I know how horrific it can be. :)

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Isle_of_stressed_pilots
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2 years ago

this is why I always keep WarHeads in my pocket (the card sour candy)

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