Eartha’s wisdom- Don’t Panic

Ah, Eartha’s wisdom was simple, yet profound. She didn’t need many words to make a point. She would often say, “Don’t Panic. It doesn’t change a thing, and only makes it difficult to see the options that may be in front of you.”


Mothers and daughters, Eartha Kitt, Kitt ShapiroEasier said than done, I know, but as a person who can be very anxious at times, wearing these words helps remind me to take a beat and breathe.

My mother taught me the importance of focusing on your breath, of course, very important for singing, but even more important for dealing with stressful moments in our lives.

Square breathing, a technique my mother used, and one I have passed along to my children, is a great tool.

Here’s how you do it: Start by breathing in through your nose to the count of 4; hold your breath for the count of 4; breathe out through your nose to the count of 4, and hold that out breath for the count of 4, before taking in a new breath and repeating the steps again. Focus on the breath and the count. Eyes open or closed, whichever is more comfortable.

I have found this exercise to be extremely helpful and calming, whether it’s done for 1 minute or 15. Give it a try. Teach it to your kids. It’s a wonderful way to prepare for sleep.

Take a beat. Take a breath. Don’t Panic. You got this!


Remember ~Treasure ~Love… Kitt


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5 Response Comments

  • Vanessa  December 17, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    I shall not panic, and do this “square” breathing…thank you for sharing this!

  • Shar  December 17, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Will teach my 7-year-old son as well

  • Grace Al-Wazzan  December 21, 2017 at 12:55 AM

    I suffer from PTSD and daily panic attacks …. I will definitely try this breathing technique

  • Marsha  December 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    This is great advice. Lamaze taught 8 deep breaths a minute. It really works to center you.

  • Sherena singh  August 10, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    I find your story most interesting and a positiveNess of motivation…I like the “don’t panic” advice also..I will definitely try out the square breathing exercise and I’m sure my 6 year old son will love it because he’s always trying yoga


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