Thursday, July 26, 2012

Affirmations for Dealing with Anxiety


I never considered myself to be much of a worrier until I had kids. I started seeing the world with new eyes once I had to a child to raise and protect. Prior to that, I traipsed all over this world as if I was untouchable. When I think of some of the things I've done and situations that I put myself in, all I can do is thank God that I made it through reasonably unscathed.

The oblivion that defined my young adult years has now been replaced with a great deal of awareness and unfortunately - anxiety. It started in my latter twenties and eventually led me to seek professional help. It's something I have to manage on a daily basis. The Fear. The Uneasiness. Sometimes it's downright panic. If I don't do the internal work of keeping my thoughts positive, setting boundaries as to what I let in and what I keep out, and how much I take on, I'm bound to have some kind of breakdown. I talk about knowing your triggers in this post.

Today, I want to arm with you with some resources to help you get through moments of overwhelming anxiety. What has really helped me to deal with mine is to not allow it to get to the point of panic. When I feel myself overwhelmed, I get myself as quickly as possible to an environment where I feel safe and where I can be alone to recharge. I pray and breathe and will my Spirit to silence the scary thoughts circling my head.

Kim and I are big fans of Gabby Bernstein and have several of her guided meditations on our iPods. If you're curious, try this five minute exercise to help you release anxiety and embrace peace.

Reflect on the following quotes to give you some perspective:

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.  ~Theodore N. Vail

You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.  ~Mary Manin Morrissey

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown

A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. ~John Lubbock

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. ~Walter Anderson

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson

Repeat the following affirmations to calm yourself and get recentered: 

All is well in my world and I am safe.

Every breath I inhale calms me and every breath I exhale takes away tension.

With every breath, I release the anxiety within me and I become more calm.

I look towards the future with hope and happiness.

I overcome my fears and live life courageously.

I acknowledge that the only constant in life is change and am prepared for it.


HonestlyErica said...

Excellent post

Anonymous said...

This affirmation stands out most to me, thanks for sharing!
I acknowledge that the only constant in life is change and am prepared for it.

GG said...

Thanks Honestly Erica!

And you're welcome, Anon. That's definitely one to repeat everyday to give yourself courage.

Anxiety is such a widespread issue, but many of us are afraid to admit/talk about it. I encourage you to share this post with friends/family, etc. It helps to know that these feelings are common.

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