I present you with this clever little web app for breathing by Twitter user @oatsbarley. You can customize the app’s parameters to speed up or slow down the inhale/exhale indicator to your liking.
This is one of the most calming videos I’ve watched in a long time. The level of care and attention that woman provides to that tiny, helpless, brand-new human? Oh gosh; it gives me the cutesies.
Want a copy for free? I’ve got an extra one that’s looking for a good home. (Even if that home is a bit cluttered and disorganized like mine.)
Inattentiveness is a huge problem for me. I can only play the chicken-or-egg game for so long – does the anxiety make me distractible, or does my distractibility make me anxious? – before I throw my hands up in frustration.
Whenever I’m feeling the first few rumblings of panic in my gut, a simple distraction can make a huge difference in my anxiety level.
Keep your “what if” statements simple. Tempting as it may be, don’t follow their improper and twisted logic. They’re fiction.
I want to create a truce with caffeine. I want to recognize that my body’s reactions to this drug are completely normal. I want to train myself to be comfortable with caffeine again.
Caffeine is an unavoidable drug, and I don’t want to fear it. I don’t want the buzzy sensation I feel when I take the migraine meds to create a fertile breeding ground for panic.
Adrenaline is not my friend. I don’t search for it. And when it finds me accidentally, I usually tell it to shut up.
Here’s the catch: when you distract yourself from panic, you also distract yourself from panic’s slow retreat.