As the new year rolled in I thought a lot about what I wanted to see change in myself. Instead of making a resolution that wouldn’t be kept I decided on one thing. To choose assurance in God and His promises over my anxiety.
When I moved a few years ago I was awakened to this thing that I didn’t understand and sure couldn’t control ; anxiety. I was very young at the time and had no idea as to what it even meant to have panic attacks and deal with anxiety. Multiple times I have tried therapy, and while it is something that has helped it isn’t something that I can do all the time.
I wanted to figure out so desperately how I could control the raging sea inside me. As the years have gone by I have slowly found techniques to help calm the symptoms and learn to overcome or avoid what triggers me. But it is still something that is always there. I decided that this year I would turn to who has always been there for me, God. Through it all He has been there, and I know that no matter what He can get me through it. So as I prepare for college and the adventures the Lord will give me I’ve decided to choose Him over all my anxiety and stress.
Today I had a coffee date with one of my best friends, she is someone who I can really relate with when dealing with anxiety. I haven’t been able to spend some quality time with her in a long time, so this was much needed. I found as we started to talk that one of the best ways to deal with any problem going on is to come together. Despite differences and even distance we can come together and lift each other up. No one should deal with something that’s hurting them alone.
Through the therapy and looking back on the past few years I’ve come to the conclusion that you shouldn’t be afraid to open up to people, but of course always make good judgments. So surround yourself with people who love you and influence you in a positive way. And know that no matter what you face in this crazy life you are never alone.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.