Panic attacks, breathing correctly can be a godsend to people who experience panic attacks. So, just how do you breathe properly? Well, to begin with you must breathe from your belly and not from your chest or your clavicle. Almost everyone breathes primarily from their chests which is grossly inefficient and leaves our bodies grossly under oxegenated.
When the body is deeply oxegenated with plenty of energy in the belly we feel calm and serene.
In fact, warriors in ancient times practiced belly breathing daily for many years so that they could remain calm and even serene in the face of chaos and bloodshed. Surely we can use the same technique to master our stress and panic attacks.
Sit on the edge of a chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground, assume as close to perfect posture as possible, but relax your muscles. Close your eyes and put your mind in your belly, one or two inches below your belly button. . . now, slowly and gently breathe into that spot. Hold your attention on that spot, and keep inhaling and exhaling slowly, rhythmically, follow the breathing. Proceed for at least ten or fifteen minutes, now, open your eyes and take a look around the room. I think you'll be amazed at what you see. The world just looks and feels different, calmer, bigger, roomier, brighter.
Why? Because you've put your parasympathetic nervous system in control, which is the one that controls relaxation and rest. Usually we are dominant in the sympathetic or action mode and this burns us out over time if we don't balance ourselves. I realize this is a bit of an oversimplification, but honestly there is no simpler, easier, cheaper, or better method to calming our stress and panic attacks than belly breathing.
It has worked for thousands of years and will always work. It is part of being human, and should probably be given out at birth and part of our owner's manual.
In addition to belly breathing, I stumbled upon another method which treats panic attacks specifically.
I don't want to give too much away, but it's literally like training your brain
The author is into health, self-help, and eastern philosophy. He suffered from panic attacks until he mastered his body and his mind.