I have long suffered from anxiety. It used to be absolutely terrible. I would really have these “freak out” type sessions. If you have ever dealt with an anxiety issue, you may know what I am talking about.
First, you start to get sweaty palms. You then start to sweat everywhere else. Before you know it, you have a mind that is going 100 different directions and it makes you just wanna run. You get grouchy and irritable and can’t even stand your own self.
I have overcome a lot of the anxiety I used to suffer from through therapy, but I still have my moments. One thing that I have personally found that really help was my sking the Creator for help. Just a simple, “Hey God, can you help me out here? I am kind of feeling a bit out of control with worries. Can you bring me a sense of peace?” has always done the trick.
I also have found that the following help as well:
Breathing exercises. A simple conscious breathing moment can really make you come back down from that anxiety high. Just close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Feel yourself breathe in. Feel yourself blow out all the air in your lungs. It is amazingly calming.
Finding a distraction. Even if it is something like cleaning the house. It’s amazing how when we focus on something so mindless, we are able to escape the anxiety, even momentarily and find our center again.
Go for a walk. A simple walk around the block to get freah air can really help.
Listen to uplifting music. For me, its the local Christian radio station.
Write it down. What has you so worried? I often just write down what I am worried about and find that putting it on paper allows me to just let go.
My favorite bible quote on worry:
“..For I know the Plans I have for you, declares the Lord. ..Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future..”
How do you deal with anxiety?