I want to share something with you that has had a tremendous impact on my life and dealing with this anxiety that is all too familiar.
"Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus...Whatever things are true, whatever things are...righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable...continue considering these things...and the God of peace will be with you."~Philippians4:6-9.
"Stop being anxious about your souls as to what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your bodies as to what you will wear. Does not the soul mean more than food and the body than clothing? Observe intently the birds of heaven, because they do not sow seed or reap or gather into storehouses; still your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are? Who of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his life span? Also on the matter of clothing take a lesson from the lillies of the field, how they are growing; they do not toil nor do they spin; but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. If God thus clothes the vegetation of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe you...? So never be anxious and say, 'What are we to eat?' or, 'What are we to put on?' For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. For your heavenly Father knows you need all these things. Keep on then seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Sufficient for each day is its own badness."~Matthew6:25-34.
To me these verses remind me that even though there are anxieties, God can help us deal with them. If we lean on him and seek out his will and put him first in our lives. We can have peace. I've also learned to follow Jesus' advice at Matt.6:34 about taking things one day at a time. Its so important to focus on the now- the present. Also too in Philippians it makes a good point about focusing on good, positive things. I find that when I feel anxious sometimes just readding these [and other] verses helps so much, but of course, as Paul said there in Philippians, prayer is so very important. Pouring out my fears and worries to Jehovah God has been the truly biggest help for me in dealing with this anxiety disorder.
I hope this helps
ps: If you don't have a personal copy of the Bible you can go online to read it at: www.watchtower.org
Marsella, I am so sorry that you are going through this. I do have a lot of the same fears only not in the extreme. I have learned my comfort zone and stay within that. I am able to go places but not in groups, I don't drive any longer but do ride the bus or with very trusted friends or family. I have found a wonderful support group at work and they happen to be in the law enforcement field. I hope that you will find many special friends here that will be able to relate and give you great advice. Many of us find it easier to form friendships on the computer than in our regular lives. You are going to find so many wonderful Spark Friends.
Kansas~ CST Each step taken is a calorie left behind!
I have anxiety about everything. i am afraid to work because iam afraid I will do a bad job and get fired. I am afraid to make friends because i fear abandonment and rejection--so i only have one person in my life--my husband, and not a single friend. I totally avoid social situations altogether. i fear that I am completely incompetent at taking care of myself. I have generalized anxiety that causes migraines, and very painful shoulders and neck from tension in those areas--although since taking xanax, the physical manifestations of anxiety have subsided. i have a phobia of driving and do not like to go anywhere by myself, so i spend a lot of time in the house. I do not like to go anywhere I am unfamiliar with because I fear i will get lost. I just have all-consuming anxiety about pretty much every aspect of my life. sometimes I am sitting there just thinking and I will think rediculous thoughts like "what if I got shot in the head?" what if this happened, what if that happened--even stuff that is totally unlikely to ever come to pass. it is debilitating. --marcella
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