How To Use This App:

  1. (OPTIONAL) Choose your favorite colors by clicking on the "theme" button. Choose from pre-existing themes or choose your own colors.

  2. Breathe along with the app normally. Do not take abormally large breaths. Simply breathe as you would normally. The idea is to slow down your breathing and to avoid hyperventilating. Many find it helpful to breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

  3. You may find it helpful to set a goal for yourself in terms of how long you spend in the app practicing you breathing. You can start a timer by clicking "Start Timer" underneath the theme button. Perhaps you could start with 5 minutes in the app, then see how you feel. Repeat as necessary.

  4. If you find that you are unable to calm down and are experiencing a crisis, text the Crisis Text Line.
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How to Use This App

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million adults in the US aged 18 and older (or 18% of the population) are affected by anxiety disorders.

Over four million of these Americans also suffer from panic attacks (5% of the adult population).

These are low numbers…after all, many anxiety disorders and panic attacks are never diagnosed as the sufferers "live with it."

This app exists as a tool for people who are "living with it."

I volunteer for an excellent organization called the Crisis Text Line, which you can learn more about by tapping the button in the menu.

One way we help people currently experiencing a panic or anxiety attack is by instructing them to breathe, even sharing animated images to assist with this. But I know when I personally struggle with anxiety, the last thing I can think to do is google an image on the Web, download it to my computer or phone, and view it.

So I thought…what if there was an app that could help to regulate your breathing and calm you down that was only a single button push away? Wouldn't that be great?

I found out that this didn't exist, so I decided to build it myself.

The instructions are simple enough…simply open the app, and start breathing along with the on-screen animation. Note that this will, in many cases, NOT stop a panic attack. What it should do, however, is regulate your breathing to calm you down faster and stop some of the common symptoms of panic attacks (like light-headedness, etc).

Just keep breathing,
Collin Stover