A few days ago, one of my daughters had a panic attack. To protect her privacy, I am not going to share how or why it happened. It was the first time she had experienced this type of physical or emotional symptom and she was REALLY scared. Thankfully I have survived panic attacks in the past and have been studying anxiety and feelings for years so I was able to help her regain her emotional stability.
In case you ever have a child (or yourself) go through a panic attack here are the strategies that I used in the moment, as well as what I did after her brain could process what happened. Read More
When I was in 2nd grade I hated going to school. I had a good teacher. Kids were pretty nice. There wasn’t anything terrible happening; and yet I chased my mom’s car down or ended up in the nurse’s office with a stomach ache pretty much every day. Years later I figured out that I had anxiety (I also went to the Dr a lot because my parents were convinced it was a medical issue) but I didn’t have the right tools to manage my fears and feelings. This continued to be an issue for 20 more years. 20 years of avoiding life because I was afraid of feelings. I was afraid that I couldn’t take care of myself. Read More