Taking to Tumblr, a 26-year-old woman who uses the name “thesigilwitch” shared her boyfriend’s neat trick.
“I was just about to spiral into a bad panic attack, and my boyfriend goes “Stick an ice cube in your mouth.” I’m not really sure where he got the idea, and I kinda laughed at it because I didn’t see how it would help, but he was insistent,” she explained in her post.
“So I did it.”
“And now I’m on my second cube because it worked.”
“He explained his reasoning to me when he got home.”
“I would initially think “what the f****” and be distracted from the anxiety. (Correct.)”
“The cold of the ice would shock my system, bringing me back to the physical world and reality, drawing my focus to the cold in my mouth, and keep my brain away from thinking “I’m panicking, I must be dying.” (Correct.)”
“He assumed I hadn’t drank much water today and wanted to keep me hydrated. (Triple correct.)”
Tumblr; pictured above is her post
You also can hold an ice cube to help relieve panic attacks.
In an article written by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S, for Psych Central, she mentions another way you can use ice.
“This technique can help you divert your attention away from a panic attack, especially if you’re in the throes of a particularly intense attack,” she said.
“Take out an ice cube and hold it to your hand for as long as you can (you can put the cube in a paper towel).”
“Then, place the ice cube on your other hand. This focuses your mind on the discomfort, de-escalating your symptoms.”
Pretty neat! Have you ever tried these ice cube tricks? Did they help? Let me know in the comments below!
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