This past weekend I took a trip with my mom to San Francisco to visit my brother and sister-in-law. We’ve been planning this trip for a while, and I was so excited! I hadn’t been to San Francisco for over 15 years and it had been several months seen I’ve seen my brother. A Win-Win situation!! Packing was easy since it was a couple of days, so I could check that off my list.
And so it begins…
When we got to the airport, the person who tagged our luggage said our flight was delayed 2 hours. So, what do you do when you have time to kill in an airport – EAT! As we’re enjoying our food I get a phone alert that our plane is boarding and leaving in 10 MINUTES! What happened to the flight delay? This seemed to be taking off on time. We literally ran through the airport, went through the TSA checkpoint and made it to the airplane with about a minute to spare. Whew! I got myself all settled in, and about halfway through the flight I realize I didn’t have my jacket! What???? I literally started having a mini-panic attack right there on the plane. My mind was racing as to where my jacket could be, my heart started beating faster than I could ever remember, I started feeling nauseous, and I was sweaty all over. Although that lasted probably only a couple of minutes, it seemed like an eternity. I don’t have anxiety in general, so this feeling was really foreign to me.
Just Let It Go!
I don’t know what snapped in me, but I was able to tell myself to calm down, take some deep breaths, and everything will be okay. Now, that sounds easier than it was to do, but I reminded myself that I help my clients all the time with their anxiety, and how to help them calm themselves when they feel anxious. I continued to do some slowed paced breathing, some positive self-talk, and told myself that there are worse things that could happen than losing my jacket. Of course, when we landed it was supposed to be raining and windy. Oh well, a little water wouldn’t hurt until I was able to get in the taxi. And, San Francisco is a big city with tons of stores to buy a new raincoat. Obviously, that wasn’t the issue here. It had more to do with my feeling out of control about something I had no control over.
Calming Down and BREATHE
Once I was able to really calm down, slow my breathing, and clear my mind a bit, I realized I left my jacket at the TSA checkpoint back at the airport! Thankfully, my husband was able to track it down for me, and I got it when I returned home. Really, the point of this whole story is to know that you can be in control of somethings, let go of other things, count your blessings, breathe, and know that you are way more productive when you’re calm!
Part of these things to remember came to me when I saw this great meme today.
Although this says “My to-do list for today”, I think these things are great to practice every day.