If you know someone who has anxiety or panic attacks, and you just don't get it... then thank the Lord!
Keep in mind that there are all levels of anxiety. There are those people who have the occasional visit from Anxiety; it's there, but it doesn't invade their every day activities. These folks usually feel off when an anxiety attack comes on ~ They are surprised when they can't take a deep breath? Who could blame them? It's then they realize that life has taken its toll!
Then there are those people who have frequent, and oftentimes unexpected visits from Anxiety. One minute you are going along and minding your own business, and the next minute ~ BOOM!!! Anxiety is breathing down your neck... it's stealing your oxygen so now you're having trouble breathing! You're not so much shocked as you are frustrated. Seriously, life is hard enough when you can be focused, efficient and effective. Having to concentrate that hard just to breathe and steady your heart beat is exhausting!
Then there are those people who have anxiety all the time! Yes, all the time! They never take a deep breath. They actually feel off when an anxiety attack retreats for a few moments, or even a few hours. This is when they happily proclaim with astonishment to anyone who will listen: OMG!!! I just actually took a deep breath! It was effortless! What the heck! Yay for me!! Thank you, God!! However, moments before they enter back into 'their everyday lives', their heart automatically knows and begins to race and breathing becomes a chore once again.
Anytime Anxiety sits its heavy butt on your back and makes it difficult to breath, whether it's once a month or every day, you need to stay hopeful that whatever is causing the stress will someday be gone. One day, anxiety will no longer overwhelm you and steal your joy and peace. It will not be able to disrupt your steady heartbeat and even breathing. The day will come where we take away Anxiety's frequent flyer miles!
Have faith that you will come out of this storm!
With love and a deep breath!
Cindy Gagne Teixeira
Just like you, I wear many hats. I'm a mom, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and a writer. I choose to laugh (and talk... and write) about my problems because crying takes too much time.