Have you ever suddenly felt like you couldn’t breathe? Or that, perhaps, you were breathing too fast? Your mind is racing as fast as your pulse, as if you’ve just run a marathon. There’s a strange tightness in your chest as well. Spots dance in front of your eyes. Any moment now you feel as though you’ll pass out. What you’re experiencing is not a heart attack. Rather, a panic attack. These two things can often share the same symptoms, but with very important differences.

If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know the sense of helplessness and overwhelm that can accompany it. You’re desperate for something soothing. Relaxing. Something to make the world stop spinning, and your mind to stop its natural fight or flight response. Here are some encouraging quotes to help calm your anxiety, and ground you back into reality.

Encouraging Quotes

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”– Lao Tzu

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle..” – Christian D Larson

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” — Jamie Paolinetti

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King

“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” – Steve Maraboli

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Help Calm Your Anxiety

Anxiety and panic disorders plague about 2-3% of Americans every year, and are more commonly found in women than men. It is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. However, that does not downplay the unease it causes, or the challenges it presents to everyday life. How it affects your relationships, interactions at school, and the fear you feel every time you leave your room. In fact, there are many different types of anxiety. Both large and small. If you feel as though you have anxiety, or have experienced panic attacks before, make an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can help diagnosis your symptoms and create the right treatment plan.

In the meantime, though, read these quotes any time you feel the nervousness, shortness of breath or intense worry creeping up. Go through each quote, read it out loud to yourself, and remember to breathe in and out slowly. You got this.

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CrowdriseAdoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.

However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.

About the Author

Rachel RobertsonRachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.

In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.

When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.




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We are not shutting down during this difficult time! We are fully devoted and available to all pregnant women and birth parents that are looking at adoption as an option. We will also continue to work with prospective adoptive parents who are already a part of our program. If you are a prospective adoptive parent hoping to apply to our program, we are accepting applications and doing Homestudy now.

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