If you haven’t read part one of Mental Health Awareness, I would encourage you to read that before you read this blog. It’s a small snippet of my journey through anxiety, the last 8 years. Knowing that every day with anxiety is different than the next, I’ve put together my tried-and-true tips, techniques and advice for thriving through anxiety. We don’t have to settle or suffer. We were not created for that. We were made to thrive. There are ways to find light, joy and hope in the darkness.
”You had a purpose long before anyone had opinion of you.” -anonymous
Here are some scriptures I’ve prayed often and I still use them as a daily push to keep going: ♥️
1 Peter 5:7 • Philippians 4:6 •Psalm 34:4
Psalm 94:19 • Proverbs 3:5 • 2 Timothy 1:7
Jeremiah 29:11 • Isaiah 41:13 • Matthew 11:28-30
I fully believe that there is freedom in intentionally pursuing joy and God during moments of anxiety. Sometimes, that’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know.
When I start to feel anxious, I purposely find something to do that brings me joy because that is intentionally choosing not to let the devil win!
Here are 6 things that I do, that could work for you!
1. I just recently got an indoor dog. She small, sweet and loves to snuggle. I had been looking for an indoor dog for months because I thought this would help me feel comfortable and not alone when I was having moments of anxiety. And, it does. ( Her sweet face is all over my IG- @britpennel!) Get a dog. ♥️
2. I put on some tea, grab my favorite journal or devotional and I write until I’m calm. There is something about putting your thoughts to paper that is so therapeutic and freeing!
3. I take a lavender bath. I just lay there and breathe. Pray and relax. My favorite oils come from Jennifer Lynn Sheafer at DoTerra.
4. I remodel a full space into something that it’s more joyful feeling. Just recently, I read it our upstairs bathroom. It was an ugly orange paint and no to court for years! Redoing it was a fun way to let my mind wander to a good place.
5. I sing praise and worship. It’s like a direct line of communication with God. I instantly start to feel uplifted and safe when I worship.
6. I call or text a friend or loved one. It’s always reassuring to hear a familiar voice on the other end of the line of someone who loves you. I love to chat and drink coffee, so if you need a person, I can be your person!😊
My prayer is that this post will be of value to you. That you’ll find a few of those ways that help you too! Above all, remember that there is power in the name of Jesus and NOTHING can separate you from His love.
He hears us. He sees us. He loves us.
YOU are loved.