when you experience anxiety and you feel like your heart is exploding and your chest is caving in, please:
1.) breathe. yes, i know. breathe? really? that’s all ya got? but when you’re panicking in a corner feeling like your world is collapsing it’s hard to keep that in mind. focus on steady breathing, my love.
2.) do not let the unknown source of your anxiety frustrate you. sometimes there is no explanation, sometimes your subconscious is overwhelmed and the anxiety hits you out of no where. you can’t let that upset you.
3.) i know that this feeling won’t last forever. you will be okay. that i can promise you.
4.) when the initial attack is over, and you’re left with the pain in your chest, ache in your head, pit in your stomach and hurt in your soul, please find something to take your mind off of everything; watch a disney movie, read a book, a bubble bath, talk with a loved one.
5.) try not to dwell and wallow. anxiety is hard, it’s suffocating and cruel but you can’t let it control you. you can’t let it win. do the things that make you happy and put all the pain behind you for as long as you can.
6.) and please remember anxiety does not define you. you are more than a panic attack. you are more than an illness. this is not who you are. you are much more.