TO THE TWENTY-SOMETHING WITH ANXIETY,
YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR ANXIETY
Breathlessness, loss of rational thought, and overwhelming panic… any of these sound familiar? Well, they do to me. Those three things are the symptoms of my panic attacks. Anxiety and worry have been with me for as long as I can remember. If you were to ask my mom, she would probably tell you I was just an anxious child. That anxious child grew into an anxious teenager and then eventually into an even more anxious adult. My anxiety peaked after a couple big life changes in my late teens and very early twenties. Worry began to be constant instead of often.
I had my first panic attack shortly after my 20th birthday. Quickly I realized my anxiety was controlling me and I went to my doctor for help. She set me up on a medication that helped a little but what helped me the most to take control of my anxiety was knowing that it didn’t have to define me. My anxiety only defined me when I let it. So, one day, I stopped letting it define me. I realized I was more, I was made for more. Friend, you are more! God has designed you exactly how you are for a specific reason. He does nothing by accident and has such big plans for you!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The American Psychology Association, APA, posted data on behavioral health in the United States. According to them, approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder.” 4o million… I’d say you are not alone. The APA also reported that nearly three-quarters of those with an anxiety disorder will have their first episode by age 21.5.
You are not alone, these statistics prove that. Even if you aren’t surrounded by other people with anxiety, seek out support and help from others. It is not easy to ask for help. As a naturally passive person, asking for help does not come easily for me. After realizing I could not handle the weight of my situation on my own, the burden of my anxiety grew lighter.
Garrett, my husband, has been my biggest support and has unconditionally loved me through this whole process. I am forever grateful for his patience and grace with me. My prayer for you is that you have someone who will do the same for you or that God will bring them into your life. I am so proud to say I am no longer taking my medicine anymore and I am okay. It has taken me years to get to this place but it is possible. Anxiety and I still have our moments. I think we always will but pray one day we won’t.
Don’t let your anxiety define you, you are more! Take control, find support, and know you are not alone.
The Message translation of the bible is not one I refer to often but I love how they have translated Philippians 4:6-7,
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
If you are struggling with anything at all, please don’t hesitate to comment below or send me a message through the contact page! I don’t have all the answers but I am always here for you!