Our bodies are pretty amazing. They have coping mechanisms for overwhelming emotions that we feel. It is possible to be so engrossed in the day to day activities of life that we forget to question the little but significant changes in our bodies. For instance: increased appetite, insomnia, nausea, increased drowsiness, cravings for fine foods etc.
From time to time, I find myself dealing with a bout of anxiety. I tend to put two and two together a few days later. The subtle symptoms are the munchies. When I seem to be inhaling all the food I find lying around I know there is something more to it. The truth is, food never cured anxiety. Whether full or hungry, anxiety sucks.
Over the last couple of months, i’ve figured out ways to keep anxiety at bay.
*Identify your coping mechanisms
Reflect on the last time that you felt anxious. How did you cope with the situation? What were you more vulnerable to do? Once you know your anxiety coping mechanisms, you will be able to deal with it before it blows up.
*Know your triggers
Write down what causes you to feel anxious and try to avoid situations that promote anxiety.
If you can’t avoid these situations, create a back up plan. My back up plan is to seek help.
It is one thing to feel anxious and another to stay anxious. The earlier you identify anxiety, the sooner you are able to deal with it.
I acknowledge that I do not have all the answers and when I feel anxious I seek help from above, because that is where my help comes from.Psalm 121:1
I learned earlier on that even though I do not feel like praying, I should pray. As I speak God’s truth into my situation and being, my feelings will catch up. So over and over, I repeat God’s promises as I keep reminding myself that God is enough for me. He is bigger than any situation and nothing is too difficult for Him.
For everyone who is going through a bout of anxiety, I pray that the Lord will calm your heart and take the anxiety away. Nothing is too difficult for Him. In Him we find perfect peace; peace that surpasses all understanding.