Do you ever catch yourself holding your breathe? I do that when I am on my way home from work stuck in traffic on the interstate. I am overly anxious naturally. I am either feeling claustrophobic in a group of people or just worried that I won’t complete my list of micro duties that just keep adding up. I get upset at myself when I get a migraine from all the tension. I end up in bed all day with no way to get anything done.
During these moments I lay in bed unable to really worry or move and I think, “why do I do this?” Do I know the truth behind why I worry? Do I understand what really is happening? Here are two ideas that have helped me pull through and relax.
Breathe & Talk to God
The other day I was panicking. I had really gone off and slacked the morning of my day off and now it was the afternoon and I was rushing around. I got to the post office to deliver a package and was greeted by the postal man at the door telling me the place was closed. I was 5 minutes too late. I wanted to cry, but like an adult I didn’t.
I texted Chris, telling him about how I was so stressed out and didn’t know what to do. He quickly texted back that I should just breathe and then pray. It made me realize that I so quickly forget God sometimes. Here I am trying to do everything on my own when He is right there willing to help me prioritize and maintain some sanity. Half the time what I am stressing about is 10x smaller than reality.
Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
Remember the Progress
When I start to feel discouragement, I quickly jump to the reminder that I am not where I was. I am not the person that I used to be, as the saying goes. I can go and tell a bunch of people about how God came through and made me a new person, one that isn’t anxious anymore. Despite the fact that I go and get a tension headache from all the little minor things. It can make a person feel like a liar, but its not true! God has made it clear to me that the fact of the matter is I am making progress! Today I am stronger. On this day I am quicker to come back around and think correctly. I am new in Christ. God can shine through because of my weakness.
My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Oh, and by the way, visiting places like the Rocky Mountains (pictured above) can definitely relax a person. Nature is so healing!