By myself, I am so calm,
But, in a group
Hot sweat lingers on my palms.
My heart begins to pound,
I begin breathing shorter and faster
I feel the anxiety all around.
It feels like a weight is on my chest,
So hard to breathe
I’m doing my very best.
I try to calm down,
Close my eyes and slow my breathing
I no longer feel as if I will drown.
I think of things that I should,
Like fun times with friends,
These are things that make me feel good.
I write down my thoughts with paper and pen,
It helps me analyze my feelings
If I get stressed out again.
I might call a friend to talk,
Listen to some music
Or even take a relaxing walk.
I now know how to fight the fear,
Overcoming the anxiety and stress
Is something I hold near and dear.