Inside: Being a mom is hard enough, but when we are feeling anxious, parenting is even harder. We don’t have to live life defeated, but rather we can thrive even when we are anxious. Learn what we can do and how God’s word can help us manage and live with anxiety!
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Did you know that 12 million women in the United States are struggling with anxiety?
In our population of males and females, 18.1% struggle with it, but only 36.9% get treatment.
Of those diagnosed, half of them will also battle depression.
This is a huge deal because both of these mental health conditions affect the quality of life, relationships, health, and joy.
Our society is made up of many defeated, discouraged men and women walking around. These individuals also extend into the church, where many times, they aren’t given much help either.
Feeling Anxious as a Mom
How many of these are mothers, trying to take care of themselves while simultaneously caring for little ones?
This is a hard and life-consuming road; I can say this because I’ve been there.
From my journal in April of 2015,
I am frustrated with my anxiety and dizziness. I’ve endured this for so long. I want to live in a way that I’m confident in myself. I want to be able to do the things I enjoy: being out and about, driving and attending church and other functions. So much of life has been taken from me. The ease of life is gone.
You’ve given me these 5 kids and I need the ability to care for them, drive them and take them places.
Trying to run this race,
Putting Weight in the Lies I Believed
My thoughts were focused on these lies:
You’re the only mom dealing with this.
You’re a bad mom.
You’ll never be better.
The guilt and shame surrounding this trial were almost unbearable. Many days I thought it would be better if I wasn’t here. I didn’t think I’d ever be rid of the pain and suffering
Friend, if you’re right here in the middle of this, I want to offer you some encouragement!
God Can Use Your Anxiety
- God can use these conditions to draw you closer to Him (Hebrews 4:16).
- He is in control, you aren’t battling this alone and this (Joshua 1:9).
- God will use even this if you let Him (Philippians 1:6).
- You are not the lies you’ve been listening to. You are worthy, loved and so significant that God sent His son for you (John 3:16).
- God uses our sorrow over this situation to bring us to humble ourselves before Him (2 Corinthians 7:10).
- God makes us victors (Romans 8:37-39).
- We can endure and persevere through this (Philippians 4:13).
So how can we thrive as anxious moms?
Here are some links to my Biblically-based anxiety resources or products to help manage and live victoriously with anxiety.