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Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave and can cause physical symptoms.”
In my opinion, Medical News Today nailed it! There was a time when the word “anxiety” was downplayed, looked upon as a fleeting emotional moment. I’ve been anxious before. Sometimes it felt good, exciting and wonderful, while at other times it made me feel tense, frightened, nervous, flustered. Wow, it seems as if the power of anxiety is difficult to dispute.
I’m no stranger to anxiety. The good kind is wonderful, but the bad, oh it can destroy lives. A good kind of anxiety that I remember experiencing is heading to our attorney’s office to close on our first house. Another time when I experienced anxiety on a more invasive level was when I learned that my mother had breast cancer.
Not knowing what to expect, what to say, or how to plan for the future kept me anxious. I had so many dreams about how it was going to be when she was gone, that my life became a poster board for anxiety. Yet, few people knew. Everybody thought I was doing such a good thing holding things together. If only they knew? It would be years before the mark of anxiety would reveal it’s wounds. By then, the damage would be done.
All those emotions mentioned in Medical News Today, became a common thorn in my side during mom’s cancer journey.
There was no doubt that the ravaging disease was taking its toll on my mother, but what about me? Back then I didn’t know much about how anxiety can affect a person’s mental, physical and emotional health. Just imagine going around feeling like you’re holding on to a steering wheel too tight, all the time. That’s kind of how anxiety made me feel.
The good news is, being anxious is a choice. You can choose to not become a slave to anxiety, but it takes prayer and practice.
How to overcome anxiety and get on with your life
So, the most effective move an overly anxious person can make is to, “let go and let God!”
To find contentedness, one must learn to be anxious for nothing, which requires being thankful for everything that God’s already given you. Stop reaching, start giving. Refrain from wondering what will happen, believe that what will be will be, because it’s already be done.
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