A note

Dec. 20th, 2013 03:22 pm
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
[personal profile] kaberett
When I say "poetry teaches me how to breathe", or "poetry reminds me how to breathe", I'm not actually being metaphorical.

In the middle of bad anxiety, it feels like my throat is tightening and closing up: breathing is difficult enough, let alone regularly, and I do get stress-related voice loss on occasion. I do tend to hyperventilate, or to forget to exhale (where inhalations take care of themselves), but - poetry, I tend to read aloud. It forces me to regulate my breathing patterns, but does so in a way that is second-nature and soothing; playing the horn also works for this, though singing doesn't tend to for reasons I'm not clear on.

(Also, doing better than last night. <3)

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Date: 2013-12-20 04:44 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter

Glad to hear you're doing better. <3


p.s. if additional resetting activities would be useful, this roundup looked promising — I have a 'back to baseline breathing tag' for a reason.

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Date: 2013-12-20 05:33 pm (UTC)
batdina: bucky barnes the winter soldier (Default)
From: [personal profile] batdina
hm. I think I knew that anyway, though why I'm not certain.

at any rate, I'm also glad you're doing a bit better and you're not the only one for whom poetry serves as a lung opener in the literal sense.

Happy Friday.

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Date: 2013-12-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raze
Interesting! I find that when I am having a panic attack driving, turning the radio up and singing helps with my breathing, but I've never tried poetry.

More importantly: so happy to hear you are doing better!

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Date: 2013-12-21 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tamouse
Interesting. I wouldn't have actually taken that metaphorically.

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Date: 2013-12-21 06:16 pm (UTC)
forests_of_fire: A woman with shoulder-length black hair. She has a friendly, but serious smile on her face. (Oleander: Default)
From: [personal profile] forests_of_fire
That makes sense to us. Rach's panic attacks leave her with a tight feeling in her throat a lot of times, though she usually tries to bail before things get to that point. So, yeah. Makes sense to us. <3


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