It’s that feeling… the kind that makes you feel completely uncomfortable with yourself and everything around you…
I know you’ve felt it before. We all have… and it’s the worst!
Anxiety. It starts with a bit of discomfort. I wish I could say it stayed little, but it rarely does. It’s almost like a little pellet just waiting to burst inside you. First, you feel the little nagging thing, then, without notice, it bursts inside you and then… it consumes you. You can’t even get it out of you because before you know it, it is EVERYWHERE. Literally! It’s in your back, and then suddenly, you can’t sit in your chair any more… it’s in your fingers, and now typing becomes a chore. It darts to every single part of your body, disabling each functioning part of you until finally, you just want to crack. Instead though, you almost stop breathing, because even that is too overwhelming.
Now, what if you could stop it before the damn pellet burst? It takes A LOT of practice, but you can. TRUST ME! I know how awful anxiety is and how much easier it would be just to take a little pill to help it go away. Really, I do… and I believe in the pills because damn it, they do help! But… you can live without the pills… with A LOT of practice, but the practice teaches you more than just how to break the anxiety. Practicing helps you regain your own strength. It’s about breathing through the anxiety. Really BREATHING! I’m talking the kind of breathing where you force yourself to stop thinking about everything except for the air going in through your nose and out of your mouth. S.L.O.W.L.Y. Seriously, don’t breathe in and out fast. It doesn’t work. You need to calm your system down, not speed it up. Once you’ve regained control of your breathing, mind and body (and trust me, the simple breathing can do this), replace your thoughts with gratitude. The gratitude, I promise, will stop the things that make you anxious rear their ugly heads again.
I’m terrible at asking for comments, but would really love it if you left one! I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you’ve ever suffered from anxiety too?