Dealing with Anxiety

Written by Inside Out with Courtnaye

Have you ever felt anxious? Are you there now? Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or uneasiness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Does that sound or feel familiar to you right now?

Anxiety can feel unsettling and scary. It’s actually very closely related to fear and escalated distress. Years ago, I used to get panic attacks often. They would come on all of a sudden. I would experience a strong sense of anxiety and start hyperventilating. It often made me feel like I was about to have a heart attack (and I didn’t know 100% why?).

I’ll never forget one night, I had an immediate panic attack. I asked my husband to bring me to the Emergency Room right away! Well, as soon as we walked through the doors of the ER, I started thinking about the medical bill and told my husband, “You know what? I’m good. Let’s get out of here!”

Guess what, sis? That night, after I got back home from the hospital, I called my mom to tell her what happened and the first question she asked me was, “What were you thinking about before the panic attack happened?” It was like an “Ah ha!” moment – a divine question! I know today, that was the Lord showing me the root cause of the problem – my thoughts.

I’d let my thoughts run rampant. I’d become immediately anxious about what I was thinking about before the anxiety attack, so much so, that it caused a panic within me that made me feel like I was having a heart attack. NOT!

It’s our thoughts, sis.

I realized that night that instead of having a heart attack, I was really having a mental attack, which caused my body and emotional state to react. So I’ll ask you the same question. If you’re feeling anxious right now, what are you thinking about? Better yet, what are you meditating on or letting marinate or fester in your mind? If you reflect back to your last anxiety attack or anxious feeling, what were you mulling over in your mind?

Anxiety typically starts with a negative or unexpected action, maybe some bad or unsettling news. There is always a trigger point. So, think about it. Because I would guess that when things are good, you’re probably good – your thoughts are at peace. But when something triggers your anxiety or you get alone or in your head, most likely that’s when negative or fearful thoughts can start rummaging through your mind. That’s when you can start reacting either fidgety, nervous, or your heart begins to race. Sometimes it has the opposite effect and can have you feeling depressed.

With depression comes discouragement and sometimes “dark” thoughts. When they creep in, that’s when you have to say, “Whoa! No. I’m not going to allow myself to go there.” You have to stop it, quickly. Don’t let it fester.

Some people go as far as suicidal thoughts, which are dangerously dark. And you definitely don’t want to go there. Remember, you only have one life to live, so live it until the Lord says it’s over, because it does get better.

In a nutshell, dealing with our thoughts is how we deal with our anxiety. So the next time you feel anxious, my sister, start praying and ask the Lord to calm your mind, fears, worries, and anxiety. Ask Him to settle your mind and pray this passage of Scripture found in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”

So fix your thoughts on Him and receive His perfect peace, sis. Also, know that sometimes His peace will come supernaturally (right when you ask for it), but other times it will come as you steal away to a quiet place like Jesus did when He went away to be alone with the Father to pray.

Also, as I prepare to close this post, a few practical ways to experience peace is to steal away to a hot shower or bubble bath while listening to some instrumental worship. Another way is to go away into your bedroom, shut the door, and simply lie down in the quiet (even if that means putting on an eye mask and/or earplugs for a bit – I do that from time to time). NOTE: If you have smaller kids, please have your older kids, hubby, a babysitter, grandparent, to keep watch. 😉 And then meditate on Psalm 4:8, “In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

I pray that this post has ministered to you today. If you or someone you know is dealing with anxiety at this time, pray. Prayer is so crucial. It’s emotion-changing. Truly.

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!

~Courtnaye

QUESTIONS: Again, are you feeling a little anxious today? Have you prayed about it? Do you need to talk to someone about it? How do you typically deal with your anxiety when you start feeling anxious? Is this a normal struggle for you or occasional?

*Also, need prayer? If so, write it out here or you can email me directly to join you in prayer on it @ insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you and praying for you.

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Courtnaye Richardis the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that helps women grow in their walk with Christ from the heart and equips them to fulfill their God-given purpose. She is also the author of the book, IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ and Moving Forward in Your Purpose. Courtnaye is married with three beautiful children and is a contributing writer for ibelieve.com, Women’s Ministry Tools, speaker of a host of women’s conferences, and her blog reaches thousands of women across the globe. She resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, Texas).

 

 

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About the Author:

Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.

3 Comments

  1. Tona April 20, 2020 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Praying those verses from Isaiah daily. I feel that in order to keep my mind from running rampant I have to stay focused on the word and meditating on Jesus and who He is.

  2. Nadia April 20, 2020 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I must say that your book and this blog post has truly been a blessing to my life. I suffer with anxiety really bad it was worse about a year ago when my son was diagnosed with bipolar and was admitted to a behavioral health facility for trying to end his life. I blamed it all on me my thoughts had me thinking I did this too my child. My thoughts have hindered me in ways that I can’t even begin to express. Sept 2019 my marriage was in serious trouble and a friend invited us to church to talk with her father who was a minister and it save my marriage my life and my mind. At that moment me and husband rededicated our life back to Jesus Christ and things begin to change it was like my life just took on a whole new meaning. I also decided to get me a therapist that aligned with my spiritual beliefs. Since then anxiety attacks are not constant in my life. With this recent pandemic I have had a few more than before but I now have healthy methods to handle them I pray more I meditate more on the Lord and His word and allow myself control these thoughts rather than being afraid of them. Life ain’t perfect but it’s better and I know with my faith in God I can get through anything with time. Thank you for being a blessing and I will be sharing this with my sisters in Faith.

  3. Doreen Eager May 19, 2020 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you Courtnaye for this post. I love these scriptures, they are very uplifting, especially when you are anxious. I appreciate you sharing your story and being so transparent. Wishing blessings on you and your family!

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