Monday, May 14, 2018

How I Deal with ANXIETY

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for clicking on the link and reading what I have to say. It means the absolute world to me. Before I start I just want to say that I want my blog to not only be centered around my epilepsy, but also to show that everyone deserves to live a purposeful life. I made this blog to show how I am reliving my life to the fullest without letting the obstacles bring me down. I believe the struggles that I face can relate to anyone; therefore, I really want this blog to be a place where we can all connect and talk about how we deal with certain trials we face. If you have any questions or any certain topics you would like me to talk about, just go to my Contact Me page and let me know:)

Okay so now enough rambling. Recently, I have been seeing more and more people struggle with a specific disorder that I also have a hard time dealing with as well. This bad boy is called anxiety. It is a very frustrating little guy who limits common activities in one's life. Epilepsy and anxiety are sort of a package deal for me. I have been facing panic attacks pretty frequently lately that usually come about when I am afraid of seizing in certain situations. This past year has made me very close friends with anxiety sadly and it was really hard to deal with at first and honestly, still is. I can't get overly anxious or else I will put myself into a seizure so I have had to learn how to calm myself down as quickly as possible. With that being said, I would like to share how I personally deal with anxiety. 

Now, I realize this might not be for everyone, but it has done wonders for me. In the Bible, there are so many comforting verses that have to deal with anxiety. You can just google "verses having to deal with anxiety" and an abundant amount will appear. One of my favorites is Phillipians 4:6-7 which says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus." Memorizing verses like these help me tremendously when I am feeling anxious. Knowing that God is always there for me calms me down more than I can ever express. I know it sounds cliche but this has helped me tremendously. It is amazing to know that I am not completely alone when I start to panic and worry. 
Now, I'm not saying God just immediately stops my painic attacks (although that has happened before), but diving into His word gives me this sense of peace and motivation to know I can overcome what my brain is telling me I can't. 

Another task I do when I start panicking is to think about everything I am grateful for. I'm not really sure why this works, but I have found that it calms me down a lot. I enter this sense of happiness when I think about how I am grateful for my legs because I can walk and my eyesight so I can see all of God's beautiful creation and so on. Not going to lie, I used to get so sick of optimism. I would think, "Oh, well they haven't been through what I have been through so it is easier for them to be happy." Boy was I wrong. Optimism is a choice. It might be easier for some to gain than others, but all in all it is possible for you to have that simple positivity. You can choose to rise above what is holding you back and be grateful for what you do have, or you can sulk and let that trial defeat you. Therefore, when I feel my anxiety coming on, I choose to stop and think about what I am so thankful for in my life. Focusing on the good relieves the stress. 

I just really want to encourage the idea of seeking God first for help with anxiety or worry because it is crazy what He will do when we let Him take control of our lives. I can't stress how much anxiety and depression God has delivered me from. This world is always changing but God is the one beautiful source we can always rely on.

Now, I understand that this may not be for everyone. I just really wanted to share how I go about dealing with my own type of anxiety. Thank you all!:)

As Always,
Remember to Rhelive:)
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