My chest is burning, I’m having difficulty breathing. My head feels as if it is going to explode, and my heart feels like it will be ripped from my chest. The tears are flowing, and I am overcome with immense fear and sadness.
My Quiet Strong Voice says Breathe… Relax… This too shall pass…
I repeat my mantra, over and over and over again. It usually works, not this time though.
Yesterday I was fortunate to be on a call with Cheryl Richardson, I had my question answered about fear and frustration. Her wise words were “When you’re angry or scared, put your hand on your heart and ask yourself “What am I afraid of?” Pinpointing my fear, allowed me to journal and reflect and work through it. This worked for a bit, and then it returned.
I close my eyes, I am visualizing a beach, my hands and feet playfully touching the warmth of the sand. The sounds of the waves rolling in, and the birds in flight, gracefully and majestically soaring in freedom. The sun is beating down on my body, the sounds of children giggling while they make sandcastles fills my heart with joy. The air smells so fresh, that beautiful ocean smell. The taste of the salt water freshens and strengthens my spirit…
aaahhhhh I just got myself through another anxiety attack. I just typed this with my eyes closed (yes I’m a good typer) and got myself through the third anxiety attack I’ve had tonight.
Anxiety is debilitating, yet it is also something you can move through. I just did, so can you!
The trick is, to have many tools in your toolkit (I lovingly refer to it as my BLUEkit) to draw upon. Sometimes one will work, and at other times it won’t.
Visualization: exactly like I did above, for me the ocean and beach calm my heart and soul. What brings you peace, practice taking yourself there, be sure to touch all senses in your visualization: smell, touch, sight, sound and taste.
Meditation: My mantra “Breathe, Relax, This too shall pass.” is a self meditation. Tonight I also listened to the beautiful, calming and wonderful voice of a cherished friend Christine Wushke
I also synchronistically received an email with a link to a video, from a coaching client – interesting how the student is also the teacher. The video shared with me evoked such a powerful surge of emotion, a release, a letting go.
Millions of people deal with anxiety, WE are not alone.
Ensure you have tools in your BLUEkit to help you through it.
Some great resources for Anxiety and Panic Attacks thanks to Healthy Place
I love this video from Summer Beretsky for PscyhCentral.com
It too shall pass.