To Anyone, Like Me, Who Has Anxiety Problems:

Don’t panic.

It is scary now, but just focus on these words. Block everything else out and focus on what you’re reading right now.

Good.

Now focus on the rise and fall of your chest.
Keep it at a steady rhythm.

In.

Out.

In.

Out.

Good. You’re doing great. Repeat this a couple times if you have to.

Now, smile.

You deserve to smile. You’re doing so great right now.

Do you want to cry? That’s ok. Go for it. No one will judge you. Just let it out, then come back and read this. I’ll still be here, so don’t worry about it.

There. Do you feel better? I’m so glad. You’re so strong.

Now, this is a little tough, but try it for me.

Laugh.

Just laugh, even if you don’t like the way it sounds.

Here, allow me to help you:

http://youtu.be/RP4abiHdQpc

Wasn’t that funny? I love that video.

Now, how do you feel?

Better?

I’m so glad. My mother used to do this for me all the time when I was little, though without the youtube video, of course. Now, if you ever need this, it will always be on my blog. I will never delete it. I promise.

Now, I love you, and have an awesome day.

-Someone who knows what it feels like

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About the author

As an avid writer and poet, Alyssa Hubbard explores the earthly and spectral talismans that carry us from life to death and back again through her work. As the darkness within makes its way from pen to paper, she finds room for more joyous activities, such as sampling new ice cream flavors, singing in public, and geeking out over the latest anime. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, works in Digital Marketing, and has been writing (professionally) for 8 years. Her work has been featured in literary journals and magazines such as Adanna, The Coffin Bell, and many others.

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