This week I’m going to be talking about something a little more personal. This post has been in the works for over a month now & I kept putting it off. I almost deleted this post all together. Although, I do feel it’s something God has laid on my heart to share; something I should be more open about. My anxiety.
I don’t have all the answers to coping with anxiety, I’m simply sharing what works for me. This post may be a little less curated than my others, I simply just want to share what’s on my heart! If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression please seek a medical professional or counselor for advice.
Oddly enough my anxiety hit it’s peak in July & threw me for a loop. I didn’t know what was wrong at first. I could of swore I was pregnant because of how ‘off’ I felt. Then I realized it was my anxiety. I’ve been feeling exhausted, unmotivated, easily frustrated, overwhelmed, emotional, stressed & well generally anxious. This all could be partly a mixture of my depression creeping back as well. Either way, I’ve been doing a few things that help me calm down & get through the day as blissfully a possible.
Finding bliss day to day is definitely not easy. Cherishing those small windows of pure joy & contentment. It’s almost a glimpse into what God has in store for me in eternity. Contentment & joy are common feelings I get while visiting the beach, on a long vacation or out camping. A sense of overall peace. Although, I had started noticing this feeling of peace as I sit in our backyard while I eat lunch, walk our dog at the park with friends, or cozy up on our couch to read a book. It’s not every day or week that this sense of peace washes over me & it definitely hasn’t been this last month.
Then I realized I’ve neglected to give myself time to seek those moments of quiet. No phone, no tv, no distraction of what I have to do next on my to do list; just me. I haven’t allowed myself the time to listen to God’s still small voice in those moments of quiet. Although, when I do it leaves me with this deep feeling of gratitude & joy. When I’m struggling with my anxiety seeking God’s peace is my ultimate comfort.
My daily reminder is this: Even in the midst of a busy day there is peace in the quiet moments. Whether I decide to eat my lunch outside without my phone or stop to read a book for an hour in the middle of a days worth of chores. Joy, contentment & peace from the Lord is always there waiting for me.
The truth about finding peace in the quiet comes straight from the Lord & can be found in God’s word. 1 kings 19:12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. In those quiet moments amidst our daily distractions he speaks to us so we can clearly hear him. Even if he’s guiding us through a busy day, it’s not till we stop & listen that we hear & feel his words, grace & love wash over us. *Seek God’s truth & read his word yourself. This is only my application in hopes it will inspire or encourage someone seeking the Lord.*
I challenge you to seek those moments of quiet. Stop & listen to Gods still small voice. He will share his peace with you when you intentionally take a minute to breathe, pray & seek his goodness. Just take 5 minutes daily or weekly to stop rushing through the day & looking to your phone when you have free time. God is always there ready to take the burdens of your day & shower you with a glimpse of what he has in store for you.
Things that help me overcome my anxiety.
- Writing in my journal about my day, thoughts, goals, prayers, highs & lows.
- Bible Study. I highly recommend Beth Moore Bible Studies.
- Going on walks with friends & our pups.
- Sitting in our backyard without my phone.
- Reading a book with no distractions.
- Prayer. It’s what prevents my moments off overwhelming anxiety from becoming an anxiety attack.
Friend, thank you for reading what’s been on my heart. Let’s live everyday as blissfully as possible & find joy in the goodness of our father God. My intention is not to receive sympathy or credit. God is the only reason my anxiety hasn’t overtaken my life. I hope to encourage you & help you not feel alone in this. Even if you don’t struggle with anxiety, I think it’s so crucial to have a moment to clear our minds & refocus.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this word you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, preset your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope b the power of the Holy Spirit.