Mental health:How to deal with anxiety during stormy seasons(Part 2)

Mental health:How to deal with anxiety during stormy seasons(Part 2)

Hey! How are you? How are you really? How’s your heart?
You may be asking yourself why I am asking you all these questions but I really want you to reflect on how you really are during this time. The number of infections are increasing and so are the losses. I’m sorry to anyone who’s lost a loved one during this time. Please don’t ever feel the pressure to have it all together. I hope you really process what you’re going through but without dwelling on it all day, everyday. We are all going through something right now and for some it may be their harvest season on. I pray that you celebrate all your wins no matter how big or small and I really pray that in the midst of all this that you take time to be grateful for what you do have and don’t focus so much on what you don’t have.
It took me so much time to actually clear my mind so I can be able to write this. I had another break down and it took me days to get to place I feel well enough to pour into you. I decided its best if I don’t pour from an empty cup and only say something when I’m  sure about what to say.
Before I give you tips on things to do to improve your mental health I really want to focus on  one part today.
The first step to healing and getting better is always to recognize and admit that there is a problem. It’s ok to admit that something is wrong. I remember when I was in second year and I started therapy it first started with me admitting that something was really wrong and that I needed help.
The second step is to watch your patterns. It’s really important to recognize your patterns and study the patterns of how you feel over time. This helps with navigating where the problem actually started.
The third step is to find the root of where your feelings come from. I’ll give you an example from my life; I struggle with being  a perfectionist and I have anxiety which comes from when I was young. I grew up with a strict mother and I grew up having this fear of disappointing her. I always feel the need to do everything perfect because I was afraid of failure.
I want us to focus on these 3 things this week. The first step is what really got my attention the other day when I was reading a book about prayer . It got me thinking of my journey with healing and it really started here.
I remember how I used to cry out to God (I didn’t know what was wrong at the time) but I was going through the worst pain of my life. I would cry all the time and when I couldn’t take it anymore that’s when God led me to therapy. But it started with God. It started with me admitting that there was something that was not right and I had to acknowledge my pain. I needed to be honest with myself and God with what I was experiencing. I needed to be vulnerable enough to let God in and help me. That’s it! That’s the word. VULNERABLE. . You need to allow yourself to be vulnerable. I know this is hard because this is the part where you have to be vulnerable enough to trust God with your heart. Explain to him how you feel, tell him about the anxiety you have. What stood out for me this week is that I don’t need to carry this burden and load. You actually don’t have to carry these feelings with you. Here’s the scripture I really love:
“Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there , for he always tenderly cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 TPT
The AMP version says : “casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”
1 Peter 5:7 AMP
How beautiful? Wow, God actually INSTRUCTS us and INVITES us to pour our anxiety on him. He is saying you don’t have to have that anxiety. Bring it to me. Pour it out on me so you don’t have to deal with it. Give whatever anxiety you have over to God and he will handle it. The scripture proceeds to say that he cares for you. Isn’t that great because most of the time we feel like he doesn’t care or he doesn’t listen, or our friends and family don’t really  care that much about our problems and God is saying BOTHER ME with that thing that’s bothering you. I care for you so much that I want you to come to me with that thing. How powerful!!!!!! Wow!!! Praise God!!! I am in awe and I’m thankful that we don’t have to live with these problems and worries on our shoulders. We can live our life and be happy.
I challenge you this week to tell God what worries and anxiety you have and how you feel. You don’t have to live life unhappy and feeling sad. There is healing. Take time out for a while and maybe write down what you’re going through and what you’re feeling. Ask yourself the questions I asked you at the beginning. And reflect on those. If it’s good celebrate and give thanks. You’re doing good. Take a deep breathe and just thank God for life.
See you guys in part 3. God loves you.

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