A Better Way To Breathe
Everyone has a story,’ says the petite blonde woman propping my head up with pillows. ‘But here, you don’t have to tell it.’
To ears either side of a clinically anxious mind – all talked out by counselling – this is sweet music. I’m done with talking, but I still need help.
It’s been one month and 15 days since I last saw my blood-flooded, gasping reflection in the bathroom mirror having a panic attack. Quite a while, by my standards. But uncertainty, intense vigilance and the constant hum of anxiety remain, never quite allowing me to relax. So I’ve dome to a ‘breathwork’ class, that at a cost of £90 aims to teach me to breathe – you know, properly breathe – in an effort to achieve lasting calm.