thought i would create a powerpoint on this since the post went down well yesterday
Quite good, but I do suggest fetching them something cool (water would be best, but a bottle of soda could work to). Drinking can help, as can resting the bottle on the back of their neck
I: am in fact the biggest dick ever (I ALWAYS tell people [read: Jess] to calm down because I don’t know what to do and I feel like a failure when I can’t fix everything. I know, way to make it about me. I’m working on it).
But, I wanted to add that the cold thing is absolutely true. Putting something cold completely over your face or on the back of your neck helps slow your heart rate. When I was a preteen I had totally uncontrolled panic attacks (not even things I could link to anything - I would just start shaking and hyperventilating) and my mom did this. To this day even washing my hands with cold water is one of the ways to chill me out best.
It’s also important to talk to people (when they’re not panicking) about their specific triggers since this advice is super good but won’t work for everyone. Asking me what I want you to do during a panic attack would freak me RIGHT the fuck out. Asking me what I want you to do ANY time would freak me out.