I am not in danger, I am getting enough air. I couldn’t count the amount of times I’ve been mid anxiety and had to say this to myself again and again. Its such a simple yet powerful quote. One that I think can really help calm you down in a moment of panic, just like last week’s.
Did you know that when you become anxious you sub consciously start to take shallower breaths? This in turn makes your chest feel tight and your head feel light. When I read this in one of the many books I immersed myself in shortly after my diagnosis, it really struck a chord. One of the first things that would make me erupt into full blown panic attack was the inability to catch my breath.
“I am not in danger, I am getting enough air”
I’m no expert, but I did gain a lot of knowledge from all the books I read. One of those was that when your breaths are shallow, you get a build up of carbon monoxide. This can cause the feelings of dizziness. When you are breathing and not thinking about it, your outward breath is longer than your breath in. However, anxiety tends to alter this and thus induces other symptoms.
Its amazing how much remembering this helped me. When I was feeling particularly anxious, this quote would come to my thoughts and I would remember to slow my breathing down. Next time you’re feeling anxious, think about your breath and if need be, use the 7-11 breathing technique. Breath in to the count of 7, then out to the count of 11. Most importantly remember, you are not in danger, you are getting enough air.
Do you have any techniques that you use to feel better in the start of anxiety? If so leave them in a comment below