I just wanted to share a mindbody moment I had yesterday. I was stretching as I was waking up in the morning when suddenly my calf muscle clenched in a painful cramp. I’ve only had that happen once or twice—25 years ago when I was pregnant. But I think this was worse than back then. It was extremely painful so I grabbed my leg thinking if I manipulated my foot with my hands to stretch it in some way, I could ease the pain. But it was hurting so badly and was so tightly cramped I couldn’t do anything to ease the pain. I started to feel a little panicky like I wouldn’t be able to stop the pain. Then a second later I said to myself, “oh, just relax!” And the panic disappeared and so did the pain. The cramp was still there, but not the pain! Then I just waited it out and maybe 15 seconds later my rock-hard calf muscle softened back to normal. I was so excited and pleased with myself for being able to think my way out of a painful situation. PS, I wanted to change the title of my post (because I don’t want to imply that it’s easy to simply “not panic”) but I can’t seem to go back and change the title, so just know I’m saying I was just glad that I was able to reverse the oncoming panic in that moment.