Inside: Minimize anxiety using some simple, quick tricks which can be used anywhere at anytime.
Christmas was approaching, and the high school stage was ready for the Sunday School Christmas program. Through the red velvet curtains, I could see about three-hundred people. I hadn’t been nervous until I had peeked from the stage, a familiar feeling was rising within me. How was I going to minimize anxiety within me?
My stomach started to get butterflies, and I instantly felt like I might vomit. If I could have escaped, I would have run as far away in that moment. The Christmas play couldn’t happen without the lead narrator.
Why had I volunteered?
Two months ago when I had agreed to be a part of this, I was feeling fine. Over the weeks I started to have more nervousness. The week before the play, I was suffering from insomnia, every night, and sleep became elusive during the day too. Exhaustion and frustration were present the day of the program.
As I stood there surrounded by the Sunday school kids, I masked the inner tension I was feeling. However, inside I was crumbling and losing power to the jitters.
The curtains opened, and I kept myself together, although inside I felt like a battlefield. Adrenaline and nor-ephedrine were firing automatic rounds. I needed to quickly use something to minimize anxiety.
I found a secluded place and prayed for strength and peace. I’m not going to lie, the distress remained.
The hardest part to swallow was the return of this nemesis- anxiety, I thought I’d licked it over the last few months, but this unexpected, unwanted visitor returned.
Why Minimizing Anxiety is Necessary
We all deal with varying degrees of anxiety. It’s a part of our lives, but many of us have more restlessness than others. We all would like it to end, right?
Certain times of the month (wink wink), we might feel irrational, irritable and question our sanity. These feelings can overpower us and make us feel like we are alone in the world dealing with this. It’s a known fact that many women experience an increase in anxious feelings during their cycle each month.
For those of us with greater anxiety, our cycles can cause a week or more of difficult, frustrating feelings and symptoms.
Can I reassure you, you’re not alone; others just don’t want to share or admit it to anyone.
Here’s the thing, as I’ve talked to women around my age with children, it seems that more suffer from anxiety than not. While we might have different symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweaty palms or ruminating thoughts, but we can find comfort knowing we each are struggling.
Anxiety doesn’t just cause physical symptoms; it causes life–altering changes. We might be afraid to do something that in the past was a piece of cake. When anxiety is pounding, we might find we aren’t the wife and mothers we want to be.
It’s important for each of us to have simple tricks we can do to minimize anxiety so we can live normally. When we fall victim to our anxiety and it starts to steal life from us, we can develop other problems.
Hopelessness and fear over this ailment never leaving can cause depression in us.
We can lose our self-confidence.
Therefore, it’s important to minimize anxiety daily.
Five Tips that have Helped me with Anxiety:
- Morning Affirmations.
- Gratitude Journal.
- Worship music.
- Devotional books of hope.
- Bible Verse note cards.
One Great Way to Minimize Anxiety
My favorite hack is the Bible Verses on notecards, though. I use a recipe card and look up encouraging Bible verses and write them out on the cards. These cards are visible reminders of what God says to me, and I place them in areas where I spend most of my time. I can then
As I meditate on His truths, the tension melts away and God’s love fills me. My focus changes from myself back to God.
I expect Him to give me strength and comfort during these anxious times. Especially during the week of my cycle, I will need to be even more intentional about being in the Word and choosing to spend extra time with God.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Colossians 3:15, NLT).
The Christmas play went off without a hitch, although my microphone went fuzzy and lost volume a few times. I prayed for peace and God’s comfort during and nobody could tell how nervous I was.
Having dealt with anxiety for six years, I should be past this by now. Therefore, I became disappointed, but God has quieted my heart with these words.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, NLT).
He is with me through these moments, even though I felt weak and helpless. As I continue to lean in Him, my dependence on Him grows.God is after my total dependence and complete trust in whatever situation I'm going through. Click To Tweet
If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through trial, be strengthened. ~George Muller
Share a simple trick you use when your anxiety is present.