Anxiety and Recovery

Lately we have all found ourselves in a state of change. I hate change.

If you are like me, you have been wrestling with the unknown “what- ifs”, the fears and stress of things not being normal. Some are afraid of the virus, others under tremendous stress financially. No matter what your particular experiences, we all are under stress.

Stress is not anxiety, but they can be directly related. Anxiety is a mental state of being, an overwhelming, nagging feeling that something is wrong. It is a weight on your shoulders that you were not made to carry. Anxiety can disrupt your joy, cause physical symptoms and even torment you during sleep. It is not the same as fear, even though we so often lump them together.

How does anxiety affect recovery? If your mind is constantly replaying the “what-ifs,” and worrying that something is wrong in your life, how can you move forward to health and wholeness? Anxiety can double up on you, intensifying cravings, increasing restlessness, and bears down on you until you snap. Its relentless.

You do not have to suffer with anxiety though! Stress is unavoidable. Things will happen that put extra strain on your life. They will come and they will go. Stress that is replayed and continued in our thoughts leads to anxiety. We do it to ourselves. If thats the case, we can choose to stop!

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Do not be anxious…..

How? Anxiety seems to invade our life. It has become a “disorder,” accepted as the new normal for some. Yet God’s word says do not be anxious.

We can choose to redirect ourselves. In recovery, there are times when it is necessary to redirect. Choose a positive thought instead of giving in.

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Try blessing someone else with a good word. Can you choose to think a good word for yourself? If you sing, this is a great way to redirect your heart from worry to joy. Anxiety to peace. You are not stuck with anxiety. It only sticks to you if you let it.

This unprecedented crisis we are in has filled many hearts with anxiety. Too many people have rushed out in fear and bought up all the supplies in the store. This will not help any of us stay healthy. I love what I have been seeing on social media, however. Singers and artists have posted self- made videos of themselves at home- singing songs of joy and encouragement. They are being real- taking advantage of being home to do what they love. They are fighting back against anxiety! Let’s join with them in this effort. If you sing, dance, or write, will you post a video of yourself doing what you love? As we share our gifts, or as we bring others into our worship, we cancel out a little piece of anxiety in this world. Will you join me in this? Recovery is a journey that needs forward motion. Take a leap forward by sharing and being real to help someone else! Do not be anxious!

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