How to deal with claustrophobia?
Hello, I am 22 years old female. How can I deal with claustrophobia? I am claustrophobic and I feel suffocated in closed places. Earlier I used to feel claustrophobic in elevators but last week when my teacher at coaching closed all the doors and windows to avoid external noise I felt claustrophobic. Please tell me how should I deal with it?
@raavina Hello, Claustrophobia is one of the most common phobias. Environmental factors may play a big part. People typically develop claustrophobia during childhood or in their teenage years. Different types of counseling may help you overcome your fear and manage your triggers. You should speak with your doctor about what type of therapy will work best for you. Here are a few tips that will help you manage claustrophobia-
- You can Breathe slowly and deeply while counting to three with each breath.
- You can remind yourself repeatedly that your fear and anxiety will pass.
- You can visualize and focus on a place or moment that brings you calm.
Accept that the attack is occurring, remind yourself that it’s OK to experience these feelings, reassure yourself that the attack isn’t life-threatening, and remember that it will pass.