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I’ll never forget the first time I had a panic attack. I was standing in the living room with 4 kids all talking to me at the same exact time. Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe because it felt like I had an elephant on my chest. I just knew that at the moment I was going to fall over, leaving my 4 babies to fend for themselves. A couple days later it happened again and I knew that I had a serious problem which led me to a trip to the doctor.
While talking to the doctor I realized that my life is insanely busy which had gotten me to this point. I was so busy rushing around and tending to everyone else that I had forgotten that I needed to take care of me. I was prescribed medications. However, I decided that now that what was going on with me had a name I would attempt to deal with it without medications. (This does not mean that you should follow my lead on this one. Talk to your doctor before deciding anything).
It was at this moment that in order to get my panic attacks in order I needed to get my life and schedule in order. After all, for me, it was the overwhelming areas of my life were exactly the main triggers of my panic attacks.
So How Am I Handling Things Differently:
Mind you my life has not slowed down at all. In fact, there are moments that I am almost certain that I am busier than ever. Yet, I have learned a few things that have helped me not only manage my panic attacks it is actually helping me to become a better wife and mother to my family.
First and foremost I had to remember who is in control. My days are filled with chaos but I know that God is right there beside me. He is right there holding my hand and leading me throughout the day. Something I seemed to be forgetting is that in motherhood we are never meant to handle everything. We are meant to lean on God more!
Secondly, I needed to check my priorities. With all the things that I was doing I needed to figure out what it was, that was most important to myself and my family. When I wrote down all my various activities I realized that some of the things on my list I was doing were strictly out of the feeling of obligation. My hands were in things that my heart was simply not in and they were not benefiting me or my family. Of course, once I removed those items my schedule started to free up a bit more and I was able to actually breathe.
Thirdly, I learned that I needed to let things go and focus on the important things. Our family needs us they do not need a bunch of added fluff. Things do not have to always need to be perfect in order for us to have fun and make memories. Therefore, I learned to stress less and enjoy the little moments more. The fact is my kids enjoy playing an impromptu board game together than have a well planned out and executed day any time.
So many times we think that motherhood and anxiety are supposed to go hand in hand and that is simply not the case.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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