Christmas is just one week away. Whether you have decided to experience a little holiday gumption, try out some holiday planning, or tune out the day altogether (I completely understand), I want to share my treasured go-to anxiety hack with you, to calm those Christmas nerves.
About a year and a half into my grief journey, I began seeing a psychologist that armed me with an incredibly simple way to combat a present anxiety attack.
During one of our visits, we were trying to discuss how I felt about being widowed but my mind was completely blank. We discovered that I had stowed away my grief so well, that I couldn’t even describe it.
As we explored words to identify the way I was feeling, I felt faint and literally thought I was going to pass out. The room became spotted, grey and started to blur.
She jumped up out of her chair and said, “I’ll be right back!”
I thought this was a horrible moment to up and leave me half fallen out of my chair. Thankfully, seconds later she came running back in the door with a ceramic mug filled with ice and said:
“Wrap your hands around this and just breathe.”
Half out of it, I did just that and within seconds I found myself coming back around. The anxiety I felt was gone and I felt surprisingly calm. As we continued to talk, I was amazed at what this simple cup of ice was doing for my body. My temperature was returning back to normal and I felt extremely grounded to my body through contact of this object.
Seven years later, I still use this little hack when I experience an anxiety attack because it works like a charm, every single time!
If you find yourself experiencing an anxiety attack on this upcoming Christmas holiday, fill your favorite mug with ice, wrap your hands around it, and breathe in a quiet space as you reach your calm.