If you struggle with anxiety, this episode is a must-listen. Anxiety can feel like an unpredictable and powerful monster in your life, especially if you ever find yourself waking up feeling attacked by it before you even get out of bed. This episode will give you practical and easily applicable steps to victory over your morning anxiety in a way you’ve never heard before.
Just over a year later, I definitely woke up in a better mood. But in addition, this podcast and the support of the COC helped me to:
I recommend it to anyone who will listen!
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, or uneasiness.
It is always concerned about the future and dripping in self-doubt.
How to know if you are experiencing this?
-Your body fills with dread.
-Your thoughts race with “what if”s or ” I wish I hadn’t”…
Physically, I get wide awake but restless and unable to get out of bed.
My heart races, my mind races, and the to-do list for the day go on a mental loudspeaker.
I get a pit in my stomach and tightness in my chest and I wish I was someone else.
Some of the thoughts I’ve had include:
What if I’m not good enough today?
What if I’m not pretty enough to matter?
What if I don’t have the energy I need to get through the day?
What if I’m too tired?
What if I don’t know what to do?
What if it doesn’t work?
The first-moment anxiety reveals some of our darkest, most base fears about ourselves and about our futures.
I hate this and used to be filled with guilt; guilt that I was dreading my dream life. Guilt that I was so driven that I created negative emotions and extra struggle in my life.
Now I accept it because it’s not who I am, it’s just an old thought pattern and habits that I’m still deprogramming within myself.
Recognize what’s happening.
Change the atmosphere of your thoughts.
-Gratitude on the go
-5 minutes of peace and breathing
-First thought concept
Do something physical to trigger a win
-Stretch + Abs
-Read or listen to something uplifting
-Take a walk
-Put on music
-Smile and look at yourself in the mirror
Affirm that you are free from the chokehold of anxiety.
The opposite =
Calmness, serenity, peace, trust
Trust in core strengths, trust in resilience, trust in the process, trust in the discomfort, trust in God, trust in your preparation, trust in your capacity
-It is a burden you don’t have to carry.
-It is a decision about how you will live
-Write an affirmation and speak out an affirmation
Get self-curious, not self-critical
-“I should be beyond this” or “I know better than this” or “I’m supposed to trust God” aren’t helpful sentences to think
-Downplaying- “this is silly” doesn’t help
-Guilt thoughts like “I love my life and shouldn’t dread it” isn’t helpful
Curiosity has helped me understand that this is both nature and nurture. God has done massive and revolutionary healing in my life – miraculously so with my levels of anxiety, however, I have default settings (due to my thoughts about myself and my life) that stir up the anxiety again.
I now see this area of my life as a place where I get revelation.
God shows me where my work is to be done – where my thoughts are still unmanaged, where my faith is still weak and wobbly, and where I have the opportunity for trust.
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God has blown His peace onto my heart. It extinguishes any flames of anxiety that are trying to consume me – the flames are from the pit of Hell, from my enemy whispering his lies to me about the future and trying to make me believe untruths/limitations about myself and my life that aren’t even there.
I choose peace, not pressure.
I will be in the present right now – the future will take care of itself.
I trust myself to do whatever needs to be done.
I’ll be able to do immensely more than I think I can.
I am more accepted and more capable than I think I am.
I release and surrender this anxiety and I will not carry its burden one moment longer.
I am not anxious, I am releasing anxiety.
God is worthy of my trust.
The story God has for my life is better than anything I can imagine – I trust Him here.
I laugh and enjoy my life without fear of the future, for my God is my shield of protection and he paves my way with peace and favor.
Peace washes over me.
I am filled with love and surrounded by goodness.
I exhale and release the fear and uncertainty I feel. I inhale and take in peace and confidence that everything will be okay.
Whatever happens, I will be okay because God has a plan for me and He cares deeply for me.
I have more answers within me than I think I do; this will work out better than I expect.
The anxiety I feel will soon pass and I allow it to move through me so that I have room to welcome calmness and peace.
God goes before and behind me, and therefore my path is 22covered in peace, blessing, mercy, and goodness, all the days of my life.
I don’t need to know what happens next, knowing that I have a lot to be grateful for right now is enough. Brain, you may rest. Tomorrow we’ll have the strength we need and the new insight we crave. It will all be okay.
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