Friends, I’ve been promising you a series on anxiety for a long time. This topic has been a struggle for me to put into words. I’ve been scared, felt unqualified and even incompetent to share this message.
I’ve realized this has been the enemy wanting to keep me silent on this topic. I’ve come a long way from the days of debilitating anxiety, but in all honesty, I still struggle. I still have episodes of anxiety flare up in my life; however, they flee much quicker than they ever have before and this gives me hope that one day my anxiety will be a distant memory.
After a lot of prayer and finding peace in where I’m at, I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to keep quiet on this topic. For this series, I want to share my testimonial with you on how I’m overcoming anxiety, holistically.
Before I share with you, I want to remind you that I am not a medical doctor. I have no special training. This is my personal story and journey to recovery – nothing more, nothing less. Please note, I did not suffer from depression. What I’m about to share is about an anxious mind and fear, not depression. If you are depressed, I would encourage you to seek professional counselors.
Anxiety, What is it?
Before we start, let’s look at how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anxiety.
- A painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill. A fearful concern or interest.
- An abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
Anxiety is fear and from a Christian perspective, its roots are grounded in unbelief.
“With stress, we know what’s worrying us but with anxiety you become less aware of what you’re anxious about [in the moment] and the reaction becomes the problem,” Spiegel explains. “You start to feel anxious about being anxious.”
The stress we experience in our day-to-day lives is associated with frustration and nervousness, where anxiety often comes from a place of fear, unease and worry.
What’s staggering is how many people live in anxiety. At least 1 in 4 woman in America now takes a psychiatric medication, mostly for depression and anxiety. I believe in many cases, these medications are necessary; however, for a large percentage of woman that battle anxiety, they are not.
But it’s hard.
It takes a long time, years even, to get our bodies into an anxious state of mind and; unfortunately, recovery can take just as long. But take heart, although difficult, it can be a a fruitful journey that draws you closer to God than you have ever been before!