Overcoming Anxiety

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2015

Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot of anxiety. I don’t really talk about this. It’s something I have learned to deal with and also learned how it can’t control me. But there are days where the feeling of worry and nervousness takes over and overwhelms me. I’m naturally a people’s person, I love being around people, conversing with them, and that’s right up my alley but when this feeling comes I feel like I can’t have conversations. I feel like I’m not doing something right, I feel insecure. I constantly find myself repeating that I’m worth it and it’s going to be ok… I believe that my God is greater than my anxiety.  If you are going through something similar to this, here are some daily things of what I do in order to overcome those tough days of anxiety.   

Prayer and my dose of the Scripture 

When I’m feeling the anxiety kicking in, I usually want to talk to someone ASAP! Well, I have discovered that the meaning of prayer was exactly that. I now know that I have someone there for me 24/7. I have become a lover of Divine Mercy Rosary, it usually calms me. I do my dose of the Scripture, especially of my favorite bible verses. I write them where I can have easy accesses to them; on sticky notes at work, as my Facebook status and Instagram captions, on my phone’s notes app, and simply just by opening my bible. Here are some that have helped me out:

Romans 8, 28 “And we know that, for those who love God, all things work together unto good, for those who, in accordance with his purpose, are called to be saints.”

John 16, 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

Joshua 1, 9 “I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.”

Galatians 2,20 “yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”

Take a step back, sit, and breathe

Most of the time you can’t see the bigger picture so you just need to step back, sit, and breathe; which is really hard to do. I can assure you though, that once you reach this point you can see the bigger picture. It’s going to help you see that everything will be ok. It gives you time to process it and tell yourself that God is much greater than anything else that’s going on.

Have time to relax

Make sure that you have time for yourself, family, and friends away from pressure, due date, schedules, meetings, etc… Go out, have fun! Drink a glass of wine and play board games. Talk to strangers. Make someone’s day. And laugh, laugh a lot!

I have learned that He simply loves us. That He who is God became human for you and me. Today, all I want to tell you is that whatever your situation is, believer or non-believer, seek for the truth and that truth will take you to be in love with life. For those of us who are believers, make sure that even with your anxiety you are being bold with your faith. Make sure that you seek more of Him to be closer to the one who loved first, the creator, the one who made all things new.

Claudia Navichque – Writer, unparalleled love

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