I used to be confined - and defined - by my fear and anxiety.
Does this sound familiar to you? You're not alone.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America recorded that nearly 20% of the U.S. adult population have an anxiety disorder. That’s one in five people.
In this age of fast media and bad news and self-sufficiency, and where trauma affects an increasingly large number of people, it’s not surprising that worry has become commonplace, and even expected.
In speaking with friends, especially other women, I find that I’m not the only one who has lain awake at night, imagining worst-case scenarios. We, somewhere along the way, have become wired to believe that something bad is always on the brink of happening. Rationalization and optimism are not helpful tools; when a mind is in fight, flight, or freeze mode, it can’t just “stop worrying.” Those who experience everyday anxiety live in a constant state of hypervigilance, and over time it can seriously affect relationships, decisions, and physical health. Plus, it makes it nearly impossible to experience peace or joy as God intended for us.
So what hope is there for getting out of this cycle? Is there hope?
Yes. A huge, resounding YES.
I know because I’ve lived it. I used to be held totally captive to fear, and now I’m not. And what happened in between?
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