anxiety

Feeling Good

 
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Feeling good. Not stressed at all.

Whenever I get really frustrated about something suddenly I’m so much more sensitive to every little annoyance in my life. All the things I could easily brush off are now ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARES because my bad mood is ruining my perspective.

Thats what happened to me today. It took a while to calm down. I knew it was important I find something to chill me out because I had to do standup at a Christmas dinner. I don’t think “on edge and ready to snap” is a good look for me. I’m not the type of comedian who can pull it off.

First I recognized that I was feeling frustrated and admitted to how it was affecting my attitude all day. I complained loudly to someone I trust. And then I listened to Andrew WK because his music is so positive and wonderful, I know it can always put me in a good mood.

The picture is from another time I was feeling the same way. I didn’t do that whole step by step to get through it. I just grabbed that dog as it walked by and squeezed it real tight for a while. That seemed to work too.

Also, I promise I’m wearing shorts in that picture. Don’t get too distracted by my thick legs, you weirdo.

Don't Pursue Peace

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Viktor Frankl on happiness:

 

Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.

 

He compares it to humor. If you want someone to laugh you don’t just command it. “LAUGH! NOW!” Instead you give them something to laugh about. You make a joke.

The same is true for happiness. You don’t just scream “BE HAPPY!” you give them something to be happy about. Pursue something worthwhile and you’ll find happiness along the way.

Some times I think we get screwed up because we think the way we stop worrying and having anxiety is by telling ourselves that the Bible says “don’t do it.” As if that’s all it takes.

“The Bible says not to do this so I can’t do this. STOP IT!”

But passages about worrying and anxiety are more than that. They tell us WHY we shouldn’t worry. God is in control.

Instead of trying to force ourselves to have peace, we need to pursue something (or someone) who gives us peace.

I’m feeling anxious. Are there any reasons why I shouldn’t feel this way?

Yes.

God takes care of birds and grass and he loves me so much more than grass so I know he’ll take care of me. God will never leave me or forsake me. God is in control. I can go to God and cast all my fears on Him. He wants me to lean on Him.

You Can't Buy Your Way Out of Anxiety

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I just read Rebecca Jennings’ article on VOX, Fidget Spinners, Weighted Blankets, and the Rise of Anxiety Consumerism.

There a lot of popular products out now that want to be the answer to your anxiety.

But they can’t.

FDA guidelines strongly recommends these companies never claim their products can be used to treat anxiety because there’s not really any scientific proof that they do. Instead they get away with just saying their products “can be used for anxiety.”

They might help relieve some of the stress and frustration but they’re not cures. The effect is addressed but never the cause.

And these products are HUGE. Most of them started on Kickstarter and raised millions of dollars because people are desperate for something to help them with anxiety.

From the article:

 

“We’re not understanding how to deal with [mental health]. Instead, we’re throwing products at it. It’s very American.”

 

We’re dealing with the fruit and not the tree (I was going to say root but I didn’t want to rhyme). We’re pulling all the apples off the apple tree and hoping oranges start growing.

Why do we do this? Because it’s easier. Because to really change things we need to attack the roots and commit the hard work of removing the entire tree and planting a new one. It’s scary, it’s difficult, and it’s incredibly uncomfortable.

It could involve going to a counselor or digging in to your past or being truly honest about how you view yourself.

It could be a really painful process. But it’s worth it.

From the article:

 

“It makes sense that our immediate impulse is to buy stuff that promises to deal with [our anxiety] so that we don’t have to.”

 

It’s hard work. In Recovering Redemption they called it “spiritual surgery.” But it’s the type of surgery where you’re awake the whole time.

Oh man, how great would that be, though? God knocks you out, you wake up a few hours later, and He says “Ok. I took your anger issues away.” Sweet.

I can’t buy my way to freedom. I have to be willing to do the work.

Oh Jesus please remind my heart daily that the work is worth it and that you’re the one guiding me through every step.