Having anxiety isn’t just feeling anxious, it’s caring so much of what others think that you live in constant fear. It keeps your mind racing on small things that aren’t even a big deal. It is a battle against you and your caring mind.
lparrilla We sadly lost a ONCER in the tragic #Manchester bombing last night. Her name was Georgina Callander. She was a sweet, loving girl and will surely be missed. Sending prayers, love and light to her family & friends. Georgina, you will forever be a part of our ONCE family. We love you ❤️RIP @emiliesatwell 🙏 (x)
• wash your hands
• take a few deep breaths
• say the alphabet backwards
• smile to yourself
• make anagrams (easy & good for distracting yourself!)
• play a game on your phone
• take a shower
• go outside for a little bit
• listen to a few of your favorite songs
• excuse yourself to a room with a cooler temperature
• count the people in the room
• solve math problems
• hug a pet (or stuffed animal!)
• sing a little something
• eat a fruit or veggie
• drink a bottle of water
• take a few minutes to yourself in a quiet place
• text your mom or dad
• turn on a fan
• shout into a pillow
You are so awesome, girl/boy. Panic attacks are scary, but once you feel them coming on there are ways to distract yourself.
“I recently read a powerful quote that summed up a lot of this for me. It’s from a book of essays called “The View from Flyover Country” by a journalist named Sarah Kendzior, and she talks about the dangerous ideology behind these attacks on the social safety net. And here’s what she says:
“When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character. Think about that for a moment. She goes on to make this point: This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor. But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw. Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.”
The fact is, there is no highly organised network of jihadis working to ceaselessly undermine Western democracy from within the ‘Muslim community’. Such a simplistic understanding, imported from the Bush-era ‘War on Terror’, only serves to perpetrate endless cycles of international warfare, racist backlash and domestic political repression.
Are we really surprised that kids from dirt-poor, ghettoised communities -
- who watched the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan on the TV when they were young,
- who grew up experiencing racism and discrimination at school,
- who see images of people with the same colour skin as themselves routinely degraded in the media,
- who have had vital public services, youth clubs and social services taken away by successive austerity administrations,
- can fall into the clutches of opportunist recruiters on Internet forums and chat rooms in their own bedrooms, away from any stabilising influence in their faith community,
- and feel the need to claw some kind of power back by committing horrific acts of violence against the society which has made their lives a misery?
It’s a comfortable fiction to convince ourselves that there is ‘no motive’ for the awful acts committed in Manchester and in London. Flooding Britain’s streets with military personnel and sliding towards a police state is stupefyingly insufficient: if we can’t understand the underlying social conditions which motivate these violent, grotesque, twisted individuals - and address them head on - then we cannot even hope to truly fight terrorism.
karendavidofficial I’m deeply saddened to hear that this sweet, and beautiful lady, Georgina, who I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to for awhile, only a couple of weeks ago at #SBUK3 was one of the innocent victims in tonight’s atrocity in Manchester. It’s not fair, it’s not right. It makes me so angry and it breaks my heart that such a young and promising life has been stolen away! But I refuse to give in to hatred. I continue to choose love. I continue to choose unity because when we join together, we are strong! We will not be afraid. Dearest Georgina, may your kind soul rest in peace. Heaven has gained an angel…My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your friends. 🙏🏽😔💙 (x)