I joined this group because I used to suffer severe anxiety, everything from social anxiety to body anxiety...I wont bore you wit the details.
I wanted to share a joke, a rather foul but funny joke my cousin shared on facebook that made me laugh harder than I thought I should have but, I have a purpose beyound making you laugh.
God said, "Look, I made man" and the angels replied, " um, God, what you did was fuck up a perfectly good monkey. Look at it, it has anxiety!"
If you are faith based (I am) you may not realize the most common phrase in Scripture is, "Do not be afraid." I expect it is most common because this is the most prevelant problem we have.
When I was a child i was terrified of water. (I learned eventually this was due to abuse where water was involved) This was a huge issue for me and when I was 14, I made a choice to take a life saving course in Highschool, we had an indoor pool in our hightschool and this was a "P.E." elective. I had read in some book, to overcome fears you have to face them. While I did not overcome my fear of water that year, ( I was 36 before I was healed from my fear of water) It was a healthy step on a path to taking back control of my life.
I had such tremendous social anxiety people thought I was shy or stuck up, but what I really was was terrified to speak at all. While i still prefer being alone, or with my pets, and I live alone, I no longer an controlled by fear.
I have done such insane things as sing in front of thousands, and speak in front of thousands. Things I never imagined doing, and even more, I was able to do this, comfortably, with no anxiety what so ever.
personally, this comes from my dependance upon and practice of, God, and God's word, where it speaks to us, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God, and the peace of God which trancends all understanding will gaurd your hearts and minds IN Christ"
But even though I glorify God and thank God for my healing, (this will help others who believe as I do) you do not have to believe in God to practice certain things that will help you overcome your own particular fears.
BE willing to face what scares you. The more you do this, the less power fear has over you. Be gentle with yourself, dont rush headlong into situations that you know are difficult for you, but at the same time, dont run away screaming from them either. Being healthy requires balance, try to avoid doing too much of anything.
By the way, As I am writing this I am sick. I am pretty certain I have the corona virus. I have not been tested but I feel horrid, like a seriously bad flu. Body aches, fever, chills, no energy. I have high blood pressure and heart disease, this virus often kills ppl with pre existing conditions, I took precautions even when others werent. Been wearing a mask and gloves eveywhere in public. I have been going out, buying not only groceries for myself but also for older neighbors and family members, to protect them. I am still breathing ok, and my chest (heart) feels ok. If I eventually get worse or it affects me more severly, I will call an ambulance, otherwise, I am now self quarantining.
Not afraid of death, not afraid of dying, not afraid of physical or emotional pain. I am just not afraid, no anxiety. Now, i still have a healthy "fear" of people driving badly, or others not wearing "ppe" makes me want to throw rocks at them and its probably why I am sick but, other peoples poor choices will not make me make poor choices.
I hope any of this may help some of you or whoever reads it. If you are struggling, feel free to respond here or message me. We can live free from the bondage of fear. It used to cripple me too.
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