Before I get to the purpose for today’s post, I have to share something so exciting I just learned.
I know. I know.
Probably no one is going to think this is miraculous or anything worth jumping up and down about but when all this technical computer stuff is Greek to you, this IS an accomplishment. On the other hand, if I knew it was going to be this simple, I would have done it a long time ago. Then again, a long time ago I probably wouldn’t have thought it simple. You have to learn to crawl before you learn to walk. My next goal with my blog is to learn a little HTML and CSS. Watch out world, I’m on a roll. 🙂
All bragging aside now. I chose this music for all of you are experiencing anxiety today. And especially for those of you for whom it’s a daily battle. It’s such a horrible feeling. I know only too well. And when you’re a Christian, it’s even worse because you have the “guilt” thing going on. Not real guilt. That was taken care of on the Cross. But false guilt-the kind the Enemy likes to use to keep us ineffective and hurting.
So I chose this music for you to listen to. And as you do, try to sit still and do some deep breathing from your diaphragm. (If you’re doing it right, you will see you stomach, not your shoulders, rising up and down slowly. With each slow intake it should rise and with each slow exhalation it should shrink back down.)
Try to imagine your anxiety floating up to the sky and being carried away by the wind.
Oh, trust me, I know this little step isn’t going to end your anxiety for forever. But if you learn to breathe deeply throughout the day, it will help.
As has been often said, much of our anxiety isn’t based on anything real. It’s what we perceive and how we think about what we perceive. But I’m a smart woman and I’ve been through enough struggles to know that there are some real situations that bring on anxiety.
It isn’t all small stuff.
But believe it or not, the antidote is the same. Breathe in God’s love and serenity and breathe out the destructive emotions that are causing you anxiousness. Anxiety is destructive and self-defeating even during those legitimate anxiety-producing situations. (BTW, I’m working on a long post about anxiety to be published next week. Look for it. I think it will help.)
God bless and I hope this helps,