How Do You Rid Yourself of Anxiety?

My dad gave me a flat, smooth stone with a little indent in it when I was a kid. I loved the silky, almost slippery feeling it had when I moved my fingers over it. It fit just right in my hand so I could carry it, and it wouldn’t be obvious to anyone.

What I didn’t like about it was the reason why I carried it or even the reason it was given to me. It was a worry stone. When worries came up, the rubbing of it with your fingers was supposed to take away the worries.

As a child, I was concerned about future events. What if this happened? Or what if that happened?

I would verbalize my worry, and then move on to the next thing. I didn’t think I had a problem with it as a child, but maybe it was a foreshadow of my adult life.

 

How Do You Rid Yourself of Anxiety? Tips and Encouragement if you are struggling as a Christian in this season with anxiety.

Worry and anxiety are very different. I thought if I’m going to spend this month talking about anxiety, the best place to begin would be to define what it is.

I pray you will stick with me this month because anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older- or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)

Even if you don’t personally deal with it, there is a high probability that someone within your fingertip reach does.

Many individuals within our culture are being held captive by anxiety.

Anxiety is an invisible chain which keeps you from experiencing the best of life.

Worry and anxiety are used interchangeably many times, but they are different.

Worry is usually short lasting, and resolution of a problem ends the worry. Example: I am worried about the test I took yesterday and the grade I’m going to get. Once the grade is received, the worry ends.

Anxiety is broader with mental images, verbal thoughts and affects the body. It tends to linger and can affect relationships, health, and jobs. Anxiety can sometimes cause depression.

Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. ~Jodi Picoult

My first panic attack happened in 2011. It happened out of nowhere. Honestly, I thought I was having a heart attack. No one suggested a panic attack, so I continued to be afraid that something was seriously wrong with my body.

Dizziness became constant and felt light-headed when I walked. My palms would be soaking wet, and my legs would feel like Jello. Home is where I stayed,  away from everything I enjoyed because I couldn’t trust my body. Church didn’t feel safe.

I felt handicapped from the life I used to have.

Anxiety steals and consumes you.

You become a shell of a person because every ounce of energy is spent fighting your thoughts and body.

 

This month:

  • I want to share with you the good and the bad about anxiety.
  • The blessings I’ve received and tips for making it more manageable.
  • I want to encourage you on if you’re struggling with it right now, or enable you to cheer-lead on another sister.
  • I want to give you hope and point you to our loving Savior, who is able to give you the peace you need and deserve.

signature

 

Sharing this post at these sites: #TestimonyTuesday, #IntentionalTuesday, #RaRalinkup, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #SittingAmongFriends, #TellHisStory, #GraceMoments, #100HappyDays

 

20 thoughts on “How Do You Rid Yourself of Anxiety?

  1. Excited for this months post as it will bless so many! Anxiety runs in my family. I’m very thrilled to share these posts these month. Thank you for linking up at Open Mic Monday, my beautiful friend.

  2. Thank you for your willingness to help those who deal with anxiety and to help us who do not understand it. Looking forward to reading more. Visiting today from Intentional Tuesday! God Bless

  3. Julie, I’m so sorry about the fight against anxiety. BUT, I’m thankful you overcame with Jesus and are encouraging others with your own testimony and experience. I’ve not battled it myself, but certainly there are many who will grab ahold, understand, and will find encouragement here. Visiting via #testimonyTuesday.

    1. Becky- thank you! I dug my feet in real good regarding this and didn’t want to share, but I don’t want to have regrets. I couldn’t let another sister or brother be stuck here losing hope. I want to be that friend that comes along and encourages them.
      I’m hoping someone is touched through this!
      Julie

  4. You’re so right– worry and anxiety are such a common affliction… but I never thought of the difference between the two conditions before. My mom is a chronic worrier. Knowing how she is, I’ve always tried to not go down that path, but it’s hard when it’s the only path you were raised on. I’ve had what I would surmise was a mild anxiety attack last summer so I feel for you girl. Praying for the peace that surpasses understanding to envelope us all. Trusting and praying with you that your series this month sheds some much needed grace and light on these issues. Have a blessed night Julie! Happy to be neighbors with you today!

    1. Heather- I didn’t want to admit that it plagues me, but I wanted to shed light on it because it affects so many in our culture. I know when I struggled I couldn’t find a lot of Christian-based resources. Most of it made me feel shameful, because we aren’t supposed to worry.
      I’m glad you stopped by!
      Julie

  5. Julie, thank you for visiting my post about letting go when my daughter got married and for your sweet comments.

    I have struggled with anxiety issues for years. Currently, I’m doing better, but I know that anxiety is always crouching at my door and is ready to pounce on me. Also, someone very dear to me is currently being devoured by anxiety. I look forward to reading your series so as to help both of us.

    Blessings,
    Patti @ Embracing Home

  6. This is definitely a needful article about an important topic.

    Thanks for the definition of the difference between worry and anxiety.

    My husband suffers from bipolar disorder; he’s also a worrier. Or at least that is how I’ve always thought. Maybe he is not a worrier but anxious? I’ll have to think on that one.

  7. I am so glad you are writing about this topic, Julie. It is one that we need to be able to talk about without fear of judgment or shame or failure. John 10 talks about the thief that comes to steal as opposed to Christ who came to give life in abundance. I think of anxiety as a peace-stealing thief that takes what it should not by limiting our liberty to be who we were meant to be. I have had much anxiety in the past, and I have had a panic attack…so I know exactly what you are talking about. They are scary, it is hard and but through it all I held fast to the truth that God is always good. I can’t wait to see where you go with this. Praying for you!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    1. Dawn- so glad you stopped and shared! Yes God is always good , but in those hard times we grasp at that truth. I know I became self- focused and it’s difficult to see beyond.
      Thank you for commenting!
      Julie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *