Anxiety is a major trigger for my pulling and mood swings. I used to suffer from panic attacks. I have learned to manage my anxiety before it gets to that point.
When in therapy, I learned to chart my anxiety level on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a panic attack. This chart included information on what happened before the episode and the steps I took to calm down. The charting process helped me understand underlying factors and early signs of anxiety.
The most helpful strategies for me are very simple: take a 5 minute break, pray, or take 10 deep breathes. There are many other relaxation strategies I use when I have more time. Some of these include progressive muscle relaxation, calming music, tea, a bath, relaxation color books, fiddle toys, stress balls, head massager, etc.
I read this today and thought it was helpful for anyone struggling with anxiety. I’m definitely adding these verses to my toolbox. 🙂
Here are 3 simple verses to reflect on when anxiety creeps in:
1. Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
How can you seek the Lord? Through worship, prayer, and Bible reading. Focus on these key disciplines during your most anxious moments, and He’ll show Himself strong. He’ll either deliver you from the fear and anxiety, or show you His strength by carrying you through. He’ll give you the wisdom to move past fear into a place of peace.
2. Psalm 86:15 – But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
His compassion is for YOU. He is gracious towards YOU. He is not angry with you, but rather He loves you with an extravagant love and he is faithful to see you through your struggles!
3. Philippians 4:11 – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
There are times I’ve had to resolve in my mind that I was going to be content with where I was, regardless of the circumstances around me. I would worship despite the thorn in my side. I would pray,”God, if it’s not Your plan to change my situation, then help me be content. Help me pray through this. If You won’t change _____, then please change me. Give me the grace to get to the other side and give You glory.”
Precious mama, you are not “less than” or damaged goods.
None of us are perfect. We all have struggles. Satan will try to whisper lies in your ear; fight them with prayer and the word.
God has a plan for you! You are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who loves you more than you could ever imagine!
Jaime, Like a Bubbling Brook
(Note: If you feel your anxiety is severe and could be more than a spiritual struggle, you’ll find my post on depression and chronic anxiety helpful. There may be other causes to consider, such as hormonal imbalances or vitamin deficiencies.)