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
So no matter what comes, know that you have strength in Christ. No matter how small or BIG your concerns, God can take them all. We have the promises to prove it.
Oh, and by the way, visiting places like the Rocky Mountains (pictured above) can definitely relax a person. Nature is so healing!