The Age of Anxiety

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The book, The Age of Anxiety, is a collection of stories from people that deal with anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

They do a wonderful job explaining the symptoms in a relatable way and talk about coping mechanisms that work for them.

If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, this book would be a beneficial read.

 

Biblical Advice for Dealing with Anxiety

I suffer from an anxiety disorder and panic attacks, which can be debilitating at times.  I was reading Matthew 6:25-34, and I noticed three main points that can help me deal with my anxiety.

 1.  How can you overcome an anxiety attack once it happens?  

Matthew 6:26, 28-29

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (ESV)

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (ESV)

I reviewed these verses several times.  I realized this is practical advice, and this is advice that requires action.  When I go out to a field and look at the flowers and watch the birds or listen to them sing, I feel more at peace.  If I take the time to pray and meditate on the scriptures, I start to defeat the anxiety attack that is plaguing me.

2.  Anxiety will not help you solve any of your problems.  Anxiety only increases your problems.

Matthew 6:27,34

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (ESV)

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV)

Dealing with the root cause of my anxiety problems and learning to overcome it will help me solve the problems I face today.  It will also allow me to live a happier life, because I will not feel anxious over the past or the future.

3.  Pay attention to your priorities if you want to decrease your anxiety.  

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)

When my spiritual life becomes a priority, I am better prepared to deal with the issues I face in life.

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Matthew 6:25-34, has a lot of great advice for dealing with anxiety and I found it to be beneficial in my own life.

 

Panic Attack

When I have a panic attack:

  • My heart starts racing.  I can feel it pounding in my chest.
  • Feelings of dread and terror take over my emotions.
  • My body starts twitching in a desperate attempt to relieve some of the anxiety.
  • My mind is screaming at me to run away from everything around me.
  • My stomach starts churning and I become nauseas.

I know what is happening to me.  I know it’s a panic attack, but I still feel like I am going insane.  I feel like a freak for freaking out uncountably.