I always thought of Anxiety as a sense of not being connected to your body, another explanation is the term "derealization" it's kinda like dissociation, something common to many panic attacks. So you are either getting out of your head or focused on your head (thoughts). Grounding does not need to be a new agey catch phrase, it can have a real physiological effect. When the panic kicks in, it's hard to have rational thoughts and even harder to remember good advice. Write the advice in the image down and keep it handy for the friend or family member in need. For you...write it down like a loving prescription from yourself when things are harder to deal with. Keep it w/ you and refer to when you start to feel like an attack is coming on. One key thing to remember and ask yourself: "What triggered the attack". This can do wonders for calming yourself down and get you back to rational thinking. When you know the trigger for example, "I drank too much coffee" or "I did not sleep". Then you realize it is a panic attack, know it will pass quickly, it's just adrenaline is going through your body and will dissipate in 10 to 20 minutes. Often that thought alone can help you rationalize the experience. For many, a panic attack feels like you are going to die and often a feel of dread or doom...obviously irrational, yay panic! So getting your brain to calm down is key, connecting to your body via the tips in the image below, recognizing the trigger, remembering it will pass. be patient w/ yourself, trust you will be fine and look into Panic Prevention (my next post).
Bonus exercise, walk slowly dragging your feet across the floor, the sensation in your feet can help you get out of a mental anxious state and reconnected to your surroundings and back in your body.