It sets in ever so quickly and unannounced.
It starts as nausea and ends with shortness of breath and chest pain.
My thoughts seem to race and I can’t put my finger on what caused it or why it’s back.
My go-to coping strategies have recently changed. For that I am grateful but it’s still a challenge to calm my frayed nerves.
Focus on the breathing.
Everything about the breathing.
And it passes.
The calm sets in.
I hear the white noise of my ceiling fan.
I feel the cool breeze.
I focus on the candle flame that flickers nearby.
I think of all of my blessings and I am thankful to have air in my lungs and a soft pillow beneath my head.
And I breathe.
Find a way to glow.