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Well, it happened.
I had an anxiety attack. It wasn’t fun and in fact, it was quite scary.
Last night I woke myself up about 5 times gasping for air and feeling my heart fluttering away. Have you ever felt like your heart was a butterfly? The fluttering is scary. Is it a heart attack? Not likely.
Life has been stressful and for those of you who are single parents, you get it. Single parenting is no joke. It’s often a nightmare. You see, I went to bed angry at my daughter – perhaps that was my first mistake. Having an anxiety attack in the middle of the night was not fun.
I want everyone to know that life coaches don’t necessarily have it all together. We just have been through some stuff and gotten past it. Can I confess something? I struggle with the issue of “good enough.” It causes me to have anxiety attacks when I least expect it.
Am I good enough? Most days I believe I am. It is those days when I feel worthless that hit me like a truck and knock me down. Today I have done my fair share of crying. After 5 panic attacks, I woke up and discovered that I may no longer have a job after December. More panic sets in. What the heck is going on?
Am I alone in this?
The phrase, good enough is led by “I’m not” and followed by “I’ll never be.”
Insert Anxiety Attack Here
The truth is – I am good enough and I will be okay – even if it doesn’t feel like it right now. I often feel like my heart is a butterfly but that doesn’t mean that my life is a mess. It means that I am working something else out. It could mean that I need help, that I need to relax, or that I am taking on things that don’t belong to me.
Having an anxiety attack can feel like a heart attack especially when my heart flutters like a beautiful butterfly. The episode is not beautiful, but it is something that I can learn from.
- Take a timeout
- Get more sleep
- Massage therapy
- Detox bath
- A night out with the girls
- Take a day off
- Go on a date
- See a therapist
- Have some fun
- Take a trip
- Spend some time alone
What things do you do when life is causing your heart to flutter- and not in a good way?
If you suffer from anxiety attacks, what are your coping skills?