Wednesday, February 3, 2010

On Managing Anxiety

Eden says it better than I can today.

For what it's worth, I believe that managing your breath has quite a bit to do with overcoming anxiety. A wise man, Mr. Bill Orender, taught me about deep breathing exercises about 6 years ago when I was suffering from panic attacks. I bet you don't realize how shallow you are breathing all day long, as you drive around town, running late from errand to errand and cranking in the caffeine to keep your system hoppin'.

I'm also a firm believer in yoga. It's not a religion for me - it's a workout in detaching from the physical pain of my body and the emotional pain trapped in my breath and my mind.*

*someone's gonna read this and go, "oh brother, it all started when she began reading those awful Harry Potter books! Pagan!"


Kay said...

I am praying hard for you this week.

Beck said...

I'm fine, Mom! I just read Eden's post & thought it did an excellent job of describing what I was thinking about...

Katy said...

Dad taught me the breathing, too. Reading this made me breathe in deeper!

I love yoga and harry potter too. what does that say about me?