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Breathing Through Anxiety

Okay yesterday was a bad day!

It was my husband’s birthday and we were going out to dinner, so I had to pull myself together. One of the things I’m still  learning at 44 is that you have no control over someone elses behaviour. (Damn it:).

We were at the casino, so we decided to go in and gamble.

Bingo, instantly I felt better. I love playing poker machines. One thing about being Bi-Polar is that you can have a tendency, at times, to spend large amounts of money unnecessarily. But when it comes to gambling I only ever spend what we can afford to lose. Thank god!

My mum taught me years ago that slowly breathing in and out is a great way to help calm my anxiety. So, you breathe in through your nose, with your mouth shut, and hold it for a few seconds (watch your chest rise)… Then slowly breathe out through your mouth. If you don’t already do this  you will be amazed how it works! Repeat this until you feel yourself calming. But not until you pass out!

Now I do realise that when anxiety gets a hold on you, it’s not always an easy thing to do.

This may sound a little peculiar but if you have a pet, go cuddle into her/him and slowly start to do the breathing exercise. Cuddling something you love helps a lot. (Pet or person). The reason I say a pet and not your other half is purely because they may not be around. Animals have an amazing soothing effect on us.

Life is not perfect and it’s filled with ups and downs, I just have to remember to stay positive.

Kind of let that one slip my mind, again!


I should have eaten a cupcake!



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