• Heather Lynn

I Am Safe, for Now

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Tonight I totally hit the wall, my anxiety went through the roof, I can't even say exactly what happened, one moment I was getting along just fine, and the next my heart racing and I started thinking about everything all at once, and I just broke down.

I am seeing a therapist, I've been going once a week, I feel like I connect with her, she's not pushy, she lets me share what I want, as I am ready. I haven't told her everything yet, I'm just taking my time.

And then tonight comes, I'm sobbing uncontrollably, I have no one I want to open up too, I remember my therapist telling me I could call in an emergency situation, she also gave me this paper with a grounding technique, she said it works for people with anxiety.

I found the paper...

The 54321 grounding technique

5 things you can see

4 things you can touch

3 things you can hear

2 things you can smell

1 thing you can taste

I see, my couch, the grey blanket on my couch, my white coffee cup, my war and peace book, and the controller to the t.v.

I touch my phone, my face, the soft grey blanket on the couch, and my wedding ring.

I hear people talking gently in the next room, the dogs paws on the hardwood,

I smell the clean clothes in the dryer, and my coffee.

I taste the salt from my tears.

I take a deep breath, and feel the relief.

I am safe, for now.

Story inspired by an anxiety attack.


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