You are not alone.
Recently I came across a bunch of articles about anxiety (including this one). Stories about how they cope with it, what encourages them, and so forth.
There are so many other women (and men) who also have anxiety.
We all have our thing (or things) we struggle with. This is one of mine. This doesn’t make me any less of a person. This doesn’t mean I will automatically need to be on medicinal drugs to heal my weaknesses (no judgement here for those who really do need to be on medications).
It is up to me if I am going to let it be a crutch in my life (which will actually weaken me) or to praise God in the midst of my anxiety.
You know, “Praise God in the Storm“.
This is a real thing. It isn’t easy, but it is real.
My weaknesses show me how much I NEED a Saviour. How much I can’t do it on my own. No human being can truly cure my weaknesses- in this case, anxiety.
Ask for help and be of help to others.
I have learned to ask others for help, for encouragement, for prayer. Asking for help is not weakness, but strength.
We are here for each other and to bear each other’s burdens. As I will bear the burden of the friend I would wish they would do the same for me.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.“~Galatians 6:2
What I do that helps me.
Personally, I have dealt with anxiety in many ways.
Here is a list of some of the things that have helped me and may be a help to you as well:
Pray during your good and your bad days. (Pray right when you get up- before your feet hit the floor, throughout your day, and right before you close your eyes at night!)
Read God’s Word first thing in the morning when you wake up (and try to do so right before you go to bed as well).
Sing Psalms (I use the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter. Here is a helpful link.)
Put on some encouraging music.
Make it a habit each day to write about what you are thankful for. Read my post about Being Positive During Negative Times.
Stay busy. (This is a general statement, but a good one nevertheless. Keeping busy keeps your mind on your task, so less of a likelihood to have anxiety on your mind)
Read a good book.
Get a hobby.
God is here to be our help.
God is to be our help for us for anything. He is to be our hiding place, our shield, our peace!
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” ~Isaiah 41:10
See that word? Dismayed. What does that word mean?
Strong’s Concordance says it means “to be shattered”. Others say it can mean to be “terrified” or “frightened”.
This verse is a good verse to ponder.
I am thy God.
I will strengthen thee
I will help thee
I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness
God is not here for you just here and there for some times in your life.
He is always here.
–Are you struggling with anxiety or anything else? If so, I would love to talk, to listen, to encourage, or at least to pray for you, so feel free to comment down below or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Do you, or someone you love, have anxiety?
-How do you cope with it?