It’s almost Thanksgiving! And that makes me super excited!!! Thanksgiving is such a fun time. Growing up, all of my family on my dad’s side would get together at someone’s house. There was always tons of great food and tons of great times with family! I would play with cousins, play games with the “adults,” and of course always sit at the kids table. (Who am I kidding, I still sat at the kids table!) Haha! But for some reason, the holidays usually bring more anxiety. I have always been looking for ways to fight anxiety.
For an introvert like myself, parties and getting together with lots of people over the holiday season, can cause some anxiety. It can come from being around a ton of people and not getting enough alone time. It can come from feeling out of control when lots of things are happening. Sometimes it comes up randomly and suddenly. Sometimes it’s this feeling that comes after family and everyone is gone and the house suddenly feels super empty. But no matter how it comes, I have found a way to fight it off!
The best way I fight anxiety when it just comes sneaking up in my life is THANKFULNESS! It’s hard to be anxious when you are thinking about things to be thankful for!
So, when I start feeling anxious, I stop what I’m doing. Sometimes I just need alone time. Find a way to get by yourself in a quiet environment. In the quiet, I really get to think. What is actually causing this? I quit thinking the thoughts that go down a dangerous road. You know what I’m talking about. Those thoughts we all have that say, well I don’t know what I’m supposed to do now! That didn’t go as planned. This is going to be a disaster if I don’t figure it out soon! Oh my gosh, well I guess that’s it then, everything is just going to fall apart now. Yeah. All of those thoughts that eventually lead to the world ending and everyone dying! Anyone else have those thoughts? NO? Maybe it’s just me. Haha!
So, I stop those thoughts, take every thought captive, and find the lies that Satan is putting in my head. Thoughts like, you aren’t good enough. You will never figure it out. You’re a bad person because that thing didn’t work out. There were so many people complaining about that, you didn’t do a good job. Those thoughts that are just complete lies, recognize them and throw them out!
Then I remind myself that God is God, and I am not! God is good and in control, and I am not in control. THANK GOODNESS! God is much better at handling my life than I am! So I keep telling myself that God is God and I am not. I can trust God. He is in control. God is God and I am not. I say it over and over. Then once the feelings of anxiety start to lessen, I start thinking of things I am thankful for in my life.
Jesus! – My savior! It’s really all about him and not me!
Husband – He is so good to me!
Family – They are awesome and always supportive
Job – I love saving babies in the NICU
The ability to make money to pay off student loans! Woop woop!
My puppy Kevin – He always makes me laugh
Sandals Church – Where I learned how to be real with myself, God and others
Technology – makes life so much easier
ETC….. There is always something to be thankful for!
So when you are feeling anxious, or the thought of everything going on this season overwhelms you, stop and pray. Acknowledge God for who He is in your life. Be THANKFUL!
Anyone else have things that work to calm down anxiety during this season?! Leave your thoughts in the comments!