It is very natural for us to feel anxious. In some, it can be mild anxiety, but for others, it can manifest in anxiety attacks or panic attacks. The latter can be very difficult to manage and in some cases can interfere with day-to-day life. They can come in slightly different forms and for many reasons depending on your temperament.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the normal response we feel when we are stressed or perceive a threat. It is distinguished by one feeling emotional or mental strain or worried thoughts. In some cases, one can begin to worry, become nervous, feel troubled, or have an excessive or sometimes unreasonable uneasiness that leads to an inexplicable fear of someone, something, or simply an idea.
Why do I have anxiety?
Feeling anxious is common and why we feel them varies. Where fear is something we feel when something specific is happening currently, anxiety is felt for something happening in the future. When one describes anxiety, it tends to be explained with broad or vague terms.
Though anxiety is a natural occurrence for most, some may feel it much more or differently. In some cases, the response might seem excessive or some could feel anxious over things many others don’t consider worrisome. These could be cases where there are underlying causes like an anxiety disorder, medical conditions, or substance abuse.
What are some example “triggers” of anxiety or anxiety attacks?
- You get a text message from your spouse that says “I have some bad news.”
- Your bank calls you and negative thoughts begin to go through your head before they tell you why they called.
- You wake up in the morning and begin to think of the day ahead of you.
- Your boss says, “We need to talk.”
- Your phone rings and dread even looking at it to see who it is.
Typical Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Feeling like an inescapable doom is coming
- Rapid heart rate
- More than normal sweating
- Feeling tense
- Shaking or trembling
- Avoiding things that trigger the anxiety
- Sleep issues/ insomnia
- Constant stomach issues
- Rapid breathing
- Difficulty concentrating on anything but the anxious thought
- Constant worry
- Feeling of being cornered
- feelings of haziness or cloudiness
- Irregular bowel movements
What does the Bible say about Anxiety?
The Bible mentions anxiety and worry many times. It offers guidance and comfort to us in our daily lives. Jesus tells us:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
Peter even gives us direction:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
When should I seek help?
Any of these reasons are a good time to seek counseling:
- When it feels hard to control your anxiety and worries
- When your anxiety prevents you from having a normal day or interferes with work and relationships.
- If matters are getting worse and you’re turning to alcohol, drugs, or other vices.
Finding help through Counseling
Anxiety is not an easy thing to deal with. We have helped many through those tough moments and we are here to help you. One-on-one counseling is a powerful way to deal with your anxiety. Together we can find tools to heal with the goal of having lasting resolution. We’re ready when you are to go on this journey together