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Have a Blessed Easter.
by Tracy Campbell
Are you a single parent who’s overwhelmed? Are you stressed out because you’re on the brink of losing a job? Are you full of anxiety because you’re dealing with a debilitating illness?
Or are you like me, someone who questions her abilities? Someone who fears she’ll fail every time she tries something new?
Like today, as I’m writing my first post for Family and Faith Matters. I’m honored that I’ve been given this opportunity, yet, my palms sweat, my stomach churns, and I can barely breathe. All I want to do is climb back into bed, pull the duvet over my head, and wait for the sandman to sprinkle pixie dust in my eyes.
It’s one thing to write content on my blog, but to write something that the wonderful ladies here at Family and Faith Matters will be glad to have on this site scares me. What if I disappoint them?
It’s not even just blog post writing. Any new venture makes me nervous, uneasy, or worse—when dread descends like a black cloud, it sends my brain into a convulsive fit. Yikes!
Can I really do this?
When the anxiety hits, I’ve found six ways that help me cope
- Breathe deep. Deep breathing loosens me up. Ah, that’s much better. It also loosens up muscles in your neck and shoulders that can tense up when you’re anxious.
- Get enough sleep. Power-napping for twenty minutes rejuvenates me. Okay, okay. Sometimes I nap for two hours.
- Eat right. I try to eat more fruits, veggies, and lean meat. I definitely have to stay away from gluten and wheat, otherwise my joints ache. If I dare swallow a morsel, you should see my hands, knees, and ankles. I look like the Pillsbury Dough
Boy Girl. Not a pretty sight.
- Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel good and lift anxiety.
- Reach out to friends or family. Hanging out with supportive people and sharing reminds me I’m not traveling alone on life’s bumpy road. Sometimes they even come up with great solutions to the problems causing my anxiety.
- Think positive. Don’t allow negative thoughts to enter my brain. Easier said than done. But here’s what I do: I wait. Then I listen. I choose to listen to the small voice, urging me to flip open my trusty manual. I scan a few pages and then my gaze rests on these words:
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart, don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go.”
Prov. 3:5-6 (The Message)
Wait a minute! The fog in my brain is dissipating. The anxiety I just experienced was an opportunity for growth. An opportunity to spread my wings and soar. I can do this!
So I’m choosing to set realistic goals, dream large, and then imagine the best that God has in store for me.
How do you cope with anxiety?
Until next time, dare to dream large!