Worry – You’re not alone.

Worry is defined as when a person gives way to anxiety or unease. They allow their mind to dwell on things they cannot control.

Ever since I was in Kindergarten I was always known to worry. I wasn’t worried about my toys or my friends, but worried about everything a little kid shouldn’t worry about.

Did you know that…

  • General Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million people in the US
  • Panic Disorder affects 6 million people in the US
  • Social Anxiety Disorder affects 15 million people in the US
  • Specific phobia affect 19 million people in the US
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects 2.2 million people in the US
  • Depression affects 19 million people in the US
  • Roughly 85% of what we worry about never happens

If you’re a worrier, you aren’t alone. Up until college, I always tried to hide my anxiety, and some may argue I still do. But once I got to college, I realized that I’m not anywhere near alone in my fight against daily anxiety. SO many people suffer from anxiety- people who look like they have it all together when really they’re struggling inside.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insane or anything- I have my own worries, just like you. (I might just have a few extra?)

The difference between someone with anxiety and someone without anxiety when it comes to worry is how they control it. Someone with anxiety has a much harder time controlling their thoughts. This isn’t an excuse though. People with anxiety can definitely learn to calm their thoughts, it just takes a lot of effort and motivation because by no means will it always work.

One example:

Your roommate gets the stomach flu. Your stomach starts to hurt from the anxiety and worry of you getting it too. A “normal” person is able to just wait it out and see what happens. Someone with anxiety isn’t able to let that go until they know that they’re okay, which could take days.

Personally, my anxiety goes in stages of bad to almost nonexistent and fluctuates daily. One thing that I’ve noticed really helps me is finding peace in spiritual ways.

The past few days my anxiety has been exhausting, and I know what I think can be irrational and completely unnecessary, but I can’t always control it. Then, at night when my anxiety is generally the worst, I read my daily devo. Last night it said this:

Seek my face, and you will find not only My Presence but also My Peace. To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust. The only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul is My hand. Ask My Spirit within you to order your day and control your thoughts, for the mind controlled by the Spirit is Life and Peace. You can have as much of Me and My Peace as you want, through thousands of correct choices each day. The most persistent choice you face is whether to trust Me or to worry. You will never run out of things to worry about, but you can choose to trust Me no matter what. I am an ever-present help in trouble. Trust Me, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

See Romans 8:6; Psalm 46: 1-2

If you struggle with anxiety know that you’re not alone. 

(Funny, as I wrote that my pandora started playing “Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns. Coincidence?)

Lyrics found here:
Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held (stop holding on and just be held)
Just be held, just be held, just be held, just be held

 

 

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