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Shana Stein Faulhaber

Monday was a rough day for me. I got scared and spent a couple of hours in fight or flight mode.

The situation triggered an old stress response that feels like clammy hands, a thumping heart and a twitching eyelid. For many of us, once this response is triggered, coming down and back to normal can feel like an act of congress.

I think it’s important that we not beat ourselves up for being human, but rather arm ourselves with the tools to deal with it.

For starters, I asked my loving husband to come meet me where I was at. I texted my dad to vent. I told other people who might need to know.

I breathed my way through it, relaxing my body so that it wouldn’t turn into a longstanding episode, injury or sickness.

When it was over, I went and ate a nice veggie sandwich – with sweet potato fries. Because those make everything better.

I went grocery shopping and made sure to go overboard because a little retail therapy never hurt nobody.

I came home, put on my jammies, and watched an episode of Mister Rogers. Reminder... when the world seems scary, look for the helpers.

And then I went and bought some stickers for this year’s vision board.

Life won’t always be easy, but we can learn to ride the waves by supporting ourselves and allowing others to do the same.

Shana Stein Faulhaber is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Athens and Corsicana and can be reached via email at

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