My chest tightened as I pressed my hand to feel my racing heartbeat. My breath speed increased as I was gasping for air. I got chills down my body yet I was starting to sweat.
Panic mode: full on.
Josie. Come back.
You just posted a breathing exercise recently. Inhale two three four. Hold two three four. Exhale two three four. Again Josie. Again.
Look at this from the outside.
What just happened. Explain it in words in your head. Name everything. Disconnect. Don’t take it personal.
Josie focus. Inhale. Hold. Exhale.
Gratitude. Turn to naming things you are grateful for. Yes!
Coming down now.
I am blessed. I am grateful.
I had my first major anxiety attack in a while today. And while it was intense in the moment, I believe it is one of the shortest ones I’ve ever had. I turned the situation that sent me into an upset spiral into a moment of gratitude by immediately thanking for something else in my life.
I’m not saying it’ll work everytime. But it worked this time.
Thank you for all those that reached out in response to my first blog post about my journey through anxiety and depression and I am working on what that has looked like from June till now- but this is a glimpse of what today was.
Actually- this is a glimpse of what 10-15 minutes looked like, because if we are being honest, the rest of the day was pretty happy, amazing and bad ass ✨ - 12 minutes ago