Life is a journey…
And you’re freaking out the whole way.
Anxiety, I’ve come to realize, can either be a small and fleeting thing that comes from a temporary moment in time- like a job interview, test, or trying something new. Or it can always be there, waiting for just one little thing to occur before it bubbles up to the surface once more.
In college, I was under a lot of pressure myself, but I happened to know someone who seemed to be one single ball of constant anxiousness.
She had all of these health problems, and I couldn’t help but wonder if a vast majority of them were due to stress.
I’m no doctor, but it’s pretty obvious- chronic stress can effect the immune system’s response, raise blood pressure, and cause tension in the muscles. (Also, it messes with the good ole tummy- which can make for some unpleasant deposits in the bank of porcelain.)
Basically, being constantly anxious and worrying about every single little thing, can range from giving you the common cold to a heart attack.
Since it’s so important for good health, both physically and mentally, here are just a few ways to combat being such a worry wart. (Again, not a doctor. Shhhh.)
Get a stress ball
I have one in the shape of a brain from a TWD exhibit I went to a few years ago, and it helps. Also, it’s a good way to exercise those fingers. (Or give you the illusion of exercise)
One of my friends is obsessed with breaking things when she’s feeling the heat. Plates, glassware, ugly Goodwill mugs- it’s so easy to acquire the perfect materials for a low price. (Dollar Store, anyone?) And how you break them, well, that’s when things can get real creative.
Just be sure to be careful of broken glass. Duh.
Exercise (Especially, Cardio)
It’s one of the BEST methods on here. Hitting the gym is my go to for relief. Even just going for a brief walk to clear your head in the fresh air can be a beautiful thing. Just imagine your feet are stepping on the skulls of your enemies, and you’ll feel much better for hitting that elliptical.
Talk It Out
Sometimes, you just need to get things out in the open. Whether it’s to a friend, your mom, or even yourself- ranting is just another way to blow off some steam. (Quite literally) Plus, it’s always good to get an outsider’s advice. Especially to make sure you’re not going crazy for nothing.
Just be sure that the person you’re talking to knows you’re letting out hot air. Because you don’t want to start an argument with someone, when you’re already distraught.
Pray, Read, and Heed
While all of the above methods are great and all, they’re temporary fixes to an underlying problem. We worry and stress and are anxious, because sometimes it’s easy to forget that we don’t have to worry at all.
God’s got the backs of those who love Him and believe in Him.
The Bible is such a beautiful source of comfort for those who wish to seek it out. There are TONS of verses that talk about what we can do to combat anxiety.
One example I love and lean on through rough patches is 1 Peter 5:7.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Now, while it’s easy to read verses and pray for peace- it can be another thing ENTIRELY to actually put those things to practice. And that’s just what it takes. Practice. Trial and error.
Anywho, I hope this was somewhat helpful to someone out there in the universe. And I’ll end this with a few more verse references to check out.
Psalms 27:1, 56:3
Proverbs 3:5-6, 12:25
Matthew 6:34, 7:7, 11:28-30
Philippians 4:6-7, 13, 19
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Peter 5:6-8
Okay, so maybe a little more than a few. Teehee. ✌️🌸✨
Also, if you’ve seen Anastasia, did this quote come to you while reading this? Because it certainly did to me while I was writing it!