Most days, anxiety can creep up on you and be a pain in the butt! If yours is anything like mine, it shows up in the most inconvenient times. Is there ever really a convenient time to be anxious? Heck no, but there's definetely situations in which becoming anxious out of nowhere absolutely sucks. Example #1, I tend to randomly get anxious before going into work or before going out to eat. I have gotten better at learning myself and my patterns. Most times I can actually feel when I am about to get anxious. Isn't that crazy? Like one second I'm chill and then the next second my mind is telling me to freak out.
It is said that anxiety affects over 40 million adults in the U.S !! WOW !
I have listened to numerous podcasts and sermons about anxiety and have spent the past couple years trying to figure out why I worry so much. It wasn't even until recently that I really started examining the moments in which I am feeling anxious and worried. I get out a journal and I write down exactly how I feel and what I think might have triggered the sudden anxious thoughts.
This is what I have found to be true for myself..
I am anxious when people don't respond to my texts.
I am anxious driving.
I am anxious when I compare myself to other women on social media.
I am anxious when I don't start my day with Jesus.
I am anxious when I don't make others happy.
This is just a SHORT list of some of the things that trigger my anxiety.
Anxiety has been a huge challenge in my life. It has caused me to stray away from relationships, friendships, outings with friends and family. It has been a big factor in my day to day life. Sometimes I do not want to get out of bed and find excuses to stay home because I am worried about certain things happening. I have realized I do not want to be controlled by fear and worry. I acknowledge that up until now , I have been controlled by these things. Anxiety is challenging, but I am learning how to challenge it back. What does that mean? It means that as soon as I have these thoughts that I know are not helpful - I cancel them out. Sometimes it even helps for me to say out loud " I am cancelling this thought ".
I refuse to let this feeling ruin my day. I refuse to let them ruin my life.
I hope you can stop being challenged by your anxiety and instead learn how to challenge it instead !