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In this eighth post, we have found a helpful tool that helps some people struggling with anxiety, is to write a short letter to read during troubled times and difficult seasons…I hope this post helps ♡
I know you are in the middle of one of those times when the familiar is out of reach and peace is silent, I know you are scared.
So first off, well done for even picking up this letter. You will come through this. I don’t know how long it will take, because, as ever, anxiety doesn’t respect your time, appointments, or social occasions, sleep, holidays… the list goes on.
But let’s remember a few things!
You are strong, courageous, and creative.
You are loved by many, and you are beautiful kind.
You have so much to look forward to, this time you’re in will not become who you are.
Please, be kind to yourself by taking one step to wellness.
Knowing you, it’d be good to acknowledge the source of your anxiety. Remember, anxiety is normal and ok and even embrace it and accept the thoughts – just don’t believe them.
You are not going insane, you might be afraid, but you’re not losing it.
I know your room feels safer than anywhere else, but try and engage with life and don’t isolate yourself today.
Remember when you’re well, you always say that the moment you reached out to someone, that It changed everything?
Remember the emoji symbol you use with your friend to let her know you’re struggling. Maybe now’s the time to send it…?
Just a few more tips to remember that have worked for you in the past!
Get into nature, eat healthy, whole food, drink water. Cut down on caffeine and dare I say it, alcohol – your body needs to reduce the toxins – plus you need a good night’s sleep.
Stop googling symptoms and illnesses – you don’t have time to worry about things you don’t have.
Remember the times that you have come through – there is light, and there is a future for you. You are stronger than your anxiety, which means you have the strength to cope with your anxiety.
From, Your thoughtful self.
Simply knowing that I’m prone to anxiety helps me when I start to feel anxious. I used to think that I couldn’t possibly struggle with depression or anxiety because I have the Holy Spirit, but yet I would obsess about my regrets and get extremely nervous in social situations which led me to believe that my insecurities must be true and that I’m actually not acceptable to other people. Then, when a series of life events made my anxiety severe (still not knowing it was anxiety) I started to experience all kinds of physical symptoms and pains which made me all the more anxious, increasing the physical symptoms to the point where I literally couldn’t sleep or function, and I had to seek help. Some of those mild physical symptoms still come up when I start to feel anxious, but knowing that I’m feeling light-headed because of anxiety and not because of a heart condition allows me to breathe, change my thoughts, and let it pass. When I was paranoid about every twinge in my body, my counselor instructed me to ignore them for 10 minutes before I investigate the pain. I almost never thought about that twinge ever again. I had to learn that just because I thought something, it didn’t make it true. This involves turning to God for what is true because even if I do experience a twinge that turns out to be a disease, He promises peace.
Meditate and Memorise:
‘So let us acknowledge him! Let us seek to acknowledge the LORD! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.’ Hosea 6:3
Listen: Steadfast, Joshua Leventhal.