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Anxiety with chronic pain

Just Breathe: Tips For Anxiety

Just Breathe: Tips For Anxiety
Through all of the challenges in life, I have found that there are only a few things that you can really do in moments of chaos, anxiety, or trials.
I have fibromyalgia, panic attacks, chronic pain, TMJ, and migraines. I am also married with three kids, work, have pets, family, and friends that can all add to frustration and anxiety. Over the years, I’ve tried prescriptions which have only helped a little. I’ve tried prayer, dieting, and just to breathe. No one by itself seemed to be the answer. What I’ve found is, all of these combined is what helps the most.
To just breathe helps in the moment to distract. I inhale, and I hold the breath to a count of ten, then exhale for a count of ten. 
For panic attacks, if possible, I remove myself from the situation or environment. That option is not always there.
Take time to just breathe, and then, however you pray and be close to God-stop and do it in that moment.
Ways I relax:
1. Breathe!
2. Go to Bible Study
3. Concentrate on only 1 Bible verse
4. Bible journal
5. Bullet journal (a mixture of art therapy, journaling, and planning)
6. Look around you: find five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. This is called grounding. It can help when you feel like you have lost all control of your surroundings.
7. Take time for you, whatever that is that you enjoy. Even five minutes of ‘you’ time will be rewarding.
I also have many journals with uplifting quotes, verses, and things that I keep everywhere to read. So, I will end with two verses I’m always quoting to myself when I need reminding. Now, as a teenager, I loved the movie “Road House.” In it, the character played by Patrick Swayze says something to the effect of, “pain don’t hurt.” Well, I know differently, but your pain is whatever it is. It doesn’t define you unless you allow it.
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything.
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