Just breathe

 

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I went back and forth about my next blog post and whether or not I should write about my experience with anxiety. Ironically, a few times throughout this past week I saw different people share a post relating to this topic. So I figured, yep, the next blog post is going to be about anxiety.

Anxiety, that little bastard that creeps up out of nowhere totally uninvited and ready to make a mess. Isn’t it the worst?! It’s completely unnecessary if you ask me. You have no control over it, you have no idea when it’s going to happen or when it will end. You can be fine one minute and then the next minute, boom! You can’t breath, your heart is racing, you feel nauseous, you’re dizzy. The list goes on and on. When you’re in the thick of your anxiety/panic attack it’s hard to feel like you’re going to be okay. One thing I have learned throughout all of it is to just breathe. It may not be the cure all, but it does help. Just keep breathing.

I deal with anxiety and panic attacks on a weekly basis. I’ve probably been struggling with anxiety since my sophomore year in college which was about 2001-2002. It got so bad the one summer that I literally never left the house out of fear I was going to have a panic attack in public. I didn’t feel safe anywhere except in my room at my parents house. Zero fun! At 21, I should have been out having fun and living it up. I’m pretty sure most of my friends thought I was out of my mind. I will never forget the time a dear friend of mine came over to my house to see me. She was there during one of my panic attacks. I couldn’t hide it from her even though I tried really hard. She was amazing through it all. She may not even realize how she helped me in that moment, but she did. She helped me to feel calm. She didn’t judge me at all or think I was weird. That in itself made me feel so much better. Thank you, Kate! You reminded me it was okay to feel the way I was feeling and to just keep taking deep breaths and that the anxiety would pass eventually.

Through all of the anxiety/panic attacks, I have personally found that distracting myself helps me. I know sometimes you feel like you can’t even move when you’re having a panic attack but sometimes by doing just that…moving, it can actually help. I wanted to include a little list of things that help me when I’m having anxiety. Maybe this list can help you, too. You are not alone. We are in this together!

 

  • Get up and get moving.
  • Take a walk.
  • Meditate.
  • Listen to music.
  • B R E A T H E !
  • Clean.
  • Yoga.
  • Coloring.
  • B R E A T H E !
  • Fresh air.
  • Play a brain teaser game.
  • B R E A T H E !

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As always, thank you for taking the time to read. Remember to be kind to yourself and remember…”just breathe!”

-Ange

4 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Great post, Angela. I have been there so many times myself. Hearing how others deal is so helpful – on many levels. Thank you for being you.

  2. Amanda CS Ketcham says:

    I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks as well. It makes me panicky just thinking about writing about it. I know, it’s debilitating, somewhat. But I know this: and it’s helped me rein in my source of calm: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8

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