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Working Through Worry and Stress

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Stress is everywhere! Sometimes it’s obvious that certain worries only waste time and that the effort is not worth it. Other worries, though, the ones closest to your heart, the issues that really matter to you, are not so easy to let go of. And beyond those deep worries, for those of you who get panic attacks, panic attacks are a whole other topic that normal “worry” doesn’t even apply to.

So how do you deal with fear and anxiety when it is EVERYWHERE? An awesome blog I found at http://cornerstonethefoundation.blogspot.com had an awesome, practical method for dealing with it.

1. DON’T FEAR

2. DON’T FIGHT

3. DON’T FLEE

This concept helped me so much when I was trying to get through a rough period of panic attacks, both circumstantially and in my thought life. For anyone in a rough spot who struggles with racing thoughts, intrusive thoughts, obsessive worrisome thoughts, or just plain weird and scary thoughts that you have no idea where they came from, this idea may help you not give those thoughts so much power. The more you react to them, the more power you give them. In dealing with depression/anxiety and stressful circumstances, the mentality to fear, flee, and fight stimulates your adrenaline system to make you more  sensitive to the situation and more under its power. It’s hard to be still, but when you are, the cycle of worry and stress starts to leave. You can rest both mentally and physically, and from that place of stillness can find the strength to deal with your worries better.

Psalm 147:10-11

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

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2 comments on “Working Through Worry and Stress

  1. I started having panic attacks nearly 30 years ago. I would pray and ask God to take them away from me, but He chose not to. Now, I have finally learned the reasons behind the panic and have found an excellent Christian therapist who is helping me figure things out so I can begin to live victoriously for Christ. Thank you for your post. It was a reminder to me of how “fearful and wonderfully made” we are. We don’t need to have all the answers. We just need to trust the God who does.

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