There’s different ways I can choose to manage my anxiety. And however I do this will make a huge difference in my quality of life.
Let’s face it – anxiety doesn’t just affect one person! It makes a difference in the lives of everyone around us, as well.
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If I’ve got some decisions to make lurking in the shadows, and my life’s a bit overwhelming, I know I can trust in my faith. It’s what guides me. And, can I just say, I’m extremely grateful for that!
The whole grace factor is a gift… Because sometimes, I suck at relying on my faith when everything’s hunky-dory! But, oh man, when things turn south .. all of a sudden, it’s the first thing I’m reaching for.
The Difference Between Us
What I’m grateful for is, even if I abandon my faith sometimes, it never disappears. It stays, waiting for me to remember, “Oh! Hey, yeah, me…Did you forget I’m here? I can probably help you out some.” And God, does it ever!
My faith has gotten me through some tremendous anxiety. When I read truth, and stand firm on it, my whole life just – changes.
It’s like the most terrifying situations transform into being not quite so grim. And I’m able to look at reality..well, realistically, I suppose.
The dismantling of things I’ve put together in my mind, slowly piece together a more hopeful outlook. Then, lo and behold, I’m getting through! Or, I should say, WE’RE getting through. Because, I simply couldn’t make this happen on my own.
Thankfully, I never have to! My God leads the way to the most beautiful things..every time.
It’s not all pretty, mind you. But we do ok.
I’m not saying anything against other forms of management, not by any means! It can be pretty crucial to take medicine – particularly in the beginning. They’re still a part of my routine!
The thing is, if I only had the pills to help me, I’d be up a creek. Because, for me, anxiety stems from events I’ve got no control over. One of those being, something happening to me or my family, causing us to face the unthinkable.
When I was simply trying to treat my symptoms with medication, what do you think began happening? I’ll tell you. What was calming me in some areas, now began making me sweat about all of the side effects that COULD be happening from the pills.
Back to Basics
Thankfully though, I felt calm enough during the day to begin throwing myself back into reading my Bible. In doing this and studying devotionals, I slowly was able to climb from a really dark place. It actually didn’t take too long, either!
By taking my meds and refocusing on truth together, I was back in a good place within a couple of weeks. I have no idea what the standard timeline is for this. Or if there’s even a standard to begin with, but for me it was about that long.
There’s not too many days I feel myself slipping. In this area of my life, I feel like I’ve got a good understanding of what needs to be done. Frankly, I could probably say the same for all the other areas, too.
As long as I’m including God in the solution, I’ve got no doubt things will turn out okay. And psst..I’ve got a little secret. There’s a good chance this will work for you, too!
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go’, whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21