Can I be real with you for a moment? Monday was a really hard day for me. I had a wave of anxiety that washed over me and I honestly wasn’t prepared for it. After having a near death experience last year, I have had an increased amount of anxiety. I wrote a blog post about it last week check it out here!
Most days I am able to manage it by doing things to keep it in check. But there are times (thankfully it is few and far between) where I have anxiety attacks that try to take me out. When this happens I pull out the tools that I have and take a self-care day and pull back from everything to reset.
What does that look like for me?
I first pray to the Lord for Him to give His strength and peace. I pray that He would make His presence known to me at that moment. I then pull out my Bible and read scriptures that I can meditate on to refocus my mind on things of God and not myself. God alone is my strength, refuge, and rock. I rely on Him every day as I walk towards healing one step at a time.
I also let my husband know that I am really needing prayers and ask that he would pray for me throughout his day. I also text some friends who have walked this journey with me and ask them to pray. Y’all having friends that you can call or text at a moments notice to pray for you is so powerful and helps so much!
If you don’t have these types of friends, I want to encourage you to seek them out. I love having life-giving friendships that we get to pray for each other and walk through all the ups and downs that this life brings. We are not alone in our journey here on earth.
Another tool in my tool belt, which is one that I have recently added is the use of oils. These oils seriously have been a life changer. When I feel like I need to chill out, I pull out my trusty friends Peace & Calming & White Angelica. I diffuse it in my diffuser and put some on my neck and wrists. Give me all the emotional support because you know I need them! They have been a powerful tool as I continue to heal emotionally. This is why I am so passionate about oils is because I know they can help those around me. I honestly wish I would have decided to jump in sooner with oils.
I love how the Lord will encourage us whether it is through a song, a person or through His word. At Monday night’s bible study I had 2 conversations with some new friends that really blessed me. It was through our conversations I was reminded that I am not alone in this.
Then yesterday morning I grabbed my Bible and this notecard fell out of it. This is from a retreat that I attended at the beginning of the year and the message written on it was exactly what my heart needed.
The Lord never ceases to amaze me! So, today friend, if you are walking through depression anxiety I want you to know that you are not alone. I know that the holidays for some of us can be really hard and when we struggle the most.
Sister, it doesn’t have to overtake you and you can still enjoy the holidays of all the glory and wonder this season brings!! Its ok to not be ok. Its ok to reach out to a friend and let them know that you are not ok! When we shine a light on what we are walking through and not hide it in the darkness, it doesn’t have a hold on us anymore! Jesus came so that we don’t have to carry this burden and we can give it to Him!!
If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please message me and I would love to pray for you!! Also, if you don’t know about the hope, strength, and peace that I am talking about that comes from the Lord, I would love to chat with you about it! Message me and let’s chat!!