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    1. Very true, Kathrine! Deep breathing and journaling sounds like a great way to start the day off:)

  1. Thank you for sharing your insight – and the journey that you have been through. Breathing is so important – and something that is so helpful to calming the stress and anxiety in our life. It is something I have worked on – but it takes commitment to stay with it – I find I get distracted/busy and forget to practice breathing on many days. Thank you for the reminder and encouragement. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Lisa! It really is such an important way to help reduce stress and anxiety. I hear you; it is easy to forget in our days’ busyness, so I do have to be intentional about setting aside time. Now that I am, I see quite a difference in my anxiety. Have a wonderful week.

  2. When I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack or I feel one coming on, I always try to focus on the breath I’m taking in and then out. It really makes me focus on the present moment. Struggling with anxiety is the worst..and it seems most friends I know have the same obstacle. Glad we are all in it together! 🙂


    1. Exactly Shauna deep breathing brings you back to the moment and helps to calm us down. Anxiety is prevalent, and it is nice to connect with others who also struggle so that we can support each other through it!

  3. I’m pinning this and sending it to a close family member who suffers from panic attacks. You always hear to take deep breaths when you are stressed out but this technique really helps you pause and slow down.

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    1. I’m so glad to hear you thought of someone you can share this with, I hope it will help your family member, Jill! And thanks so much for pinning it:)

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience! I’m going to share this with my daughter. I know she sometimes has issues and we are trying to teach her tools to cope. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Laura, I’m sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling. It’s great that you guys are teaching her coping mechanisms early on. I hope this will be helpful.

  5. Martha, I’m so glad that you shared your story. I also love that you mentioned that your story is one of hope and resilience! You are sharing that hope and positivity with others through your blog and the interactions with others (me being one of those people!). My father passed away when I was 11 and it truly changes you when something like that happens, and we all grieve differently. I’ve also suffered from panic attacks and still have some on and off, along with some anxiety. I will try this technique and I appreciate you sharing it so much.

    Make Life Marvelous

    1. Aww, thanks for your very kind words, Ashley. I appreciate it! Sorry to hear about losing your father at such an early age. Yes, grieving can be complicated and impacts us all differently. You’re welcome and I hope it will be beneficial for you too.

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