I have not had a panic attack in over ten years, and I am proud of that. Now, just because I have not had an attack doesn’t mean that I have not had uncomfortable moments. It just means that over the years, I have become super hip to triggers. I have learned to pay close attention to my inner dialogue and my outer world. I am a transformative coach and speaker BECAUSE of the fires I have walked through; this is just a glimpse into my truth.
People might be tempted to think that I didn’t have bad attacks, but trust me when I tell you, they were God awful. I have come to accept all of my experiences as part of what makes me this version of myself. Still, I don’t wish panic or anxiety on anyone. Some of the highlights of my panic-free and anxiety-free living have been things that some might take for granted. For those of us who have suffered through this, this list is full of gems.
- Airplane travel! There was a point in my life that I never thought I would be able to fly again. My claustrophobia was so intense that the thought of being stuck was beyond what I could stand. I am so grateful to be able to fly because my big dreams have always included traveling for work and play. My purpose is to help others. And it’s an honor to serve so many cities across the country.
- The simple act of driving my car! I cannot tell you how many events I missed because I was afraid to get in my vehicle. I remember understanding that this fear was illogical but still being unable to move beyond it. Sadly, I could not tell people why flaked because I was embarrassed .
- Attending public events is one thing that I do quite regularly. However, it’s something that can still spark a tinge of anxiety. I am meticulous about preparation. I do my best to make sure I follow a wellness practice for body, mind, and spirit before and during events.
- The luxury of feeling SANE daily! Panic and anxiety began to make me feel like I was losing my mind. I was ashamed of my condition, and it made me miserable.
As you can see, this list includes some basic things that I lost to panic. Today, I have my life back and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help others. I am not a doctor or therapist. I am just a woman, openly sharing my experiences and what I have learned from them.
The above clip is from a talk I did for women business owners who were ready to leap into living on and with purpose. To BE THE CHANGE I had to MAKE CHANGES. If you are in that dark space, please do not give up! Your anxiety may be trying to teach you something