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How to Cope When Anxiety Threatens to Overwhelm You

Anxiety is a silent, invisible condition that often shows little outward symptoms. You may appear fine to others while on the inside, you are struggling to keep it all together. Because it is so hard to explain to those who’ve never experienced it, people are quick to blame your symptoms on something else, instead of acknowledging that anxiety is a real, life altering ailment.

Anxiety can be so hard to deal with, and hard to explain to others who've never experienced it. Here are 5 strategies that will help you cope when anxiety threatens to overwhelm you. You are not alone!  #mentalhealth #anxiety

How to Cope When Anxiety Threatens to Overwhelm You

I am going to get very personal here. Many people do not know that I have dealt with anxiety since the birth of my children. I have kept it very private. I have episodes where it is difficult to breathe, and a weight settles on my chest. I struggle with being in social situations, and would rather hide from the world if I could. Some days are worse than others. It is physically and emotionally draining. Medication has helped quite a bit, but I still have days when I feel the effects of anxiety.

Anxiety is not something you can just will out of your life. Believe me, I’ve tried. It comes and goes as it pleases and you have no control over when it decides to show up. If you are experiencing anxiety, I urge you to discuss it with your doctor. There are many medications that can help you control those anxious feelings. Unfortunately, there will still be days that you struggle. I would like to share with you how to cope when anxiety threatens to overwhelm you. I have found these techniques helpful on those hard days, and I hope you do too.

Find Support

When dealing with anxiety, it is easy to stay closed off and keep how you are feeling inside. I’ve tried that, and it will only get worse if you don’t discuss your emotion state with someone. Find someone you can be open and honest with.  Ask them to be your support; to talk with you regularly, pray with you and for you. Talking it through and knowing you’ve got someone in your corner encouraging you can be helpful.

Deep Breathing

When those anxious thoughts become overwhelming, stop what you are doing, find a quiet place, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Taking just a couple of minutes to do this exercise can help calm you, and if needed, do this several times a day. I use my Fitbit to take relaxing breaths, and I find it very helpful, especially on days that are more stressful. If you don’t have a Fitbit, set a timer for 2 minutes, find a comfortable place to sit and just breathe.


Find Calming Activities

I love music, so it’s a natural outlet for dealing with anxiety. YouTube has music especially designed for anxiety relief that I use often. I’ve also created a playlist of my favorite worship songs that calm me. Coloring in the adult coloring books, writing, taking a walk, and reading a good book are other relaxing activities that I enjoy. Doing things that you love can help ease those exhausting anxious feelings.

Write Out Your Feelings

Keeping my thoughts written down in a journal has been very helpful in dealing with anxiety. I can freely express how I’m feeling, and getting those thoughts out is therapeutic for me. I also like to write down what I’m thankful for, to help me realign my perspective on the positive things in my life. I recently came across the idea of keeping track of my moods in a bullet journal. You label each day of the month with how you are feeling that day: happy, angry, sad, tired, worried/anxious. This is a great way to determine how many days you are feeling anxious, and you may discover some triggers that you can try to avoid.

Rely On God

Lastly, and most importantly, I’ve learned to let go of the things I cannot control, and put them in God’s hands. I do not have all the answers, but I know the One who does. When I’m feeling anxious, I pray, and I read my Bible. I find those scriptures that encourage me, and I repeat them over and over until I get the peace and the answers I need. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Psalm 91:1(AMPC)  – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand)

Philippians 4:6-8 (AMPC) – Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

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If you are dealing with anxiety, you are NOT alone. Please feel free to connect with me below, by email, or on social media. We are in this together!

And if you have any other tips to help those of us dealing with this condition, please share them in the comments!

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49 thoughts on “How to Cope When Anxiety Threatens to Overwhelm You

  1. Thanks for being open about your problem. I belive that everybody can have it once in a life time. I had it periodically during my teenager life. I just could walk pass by a small group of people. If I was alone and If I saw a small group of people I would change the road or if I couldnt, I would just try to find somewhere to sit and let them pass me. In the school it was a struggle everyday. I had heartbeats, handsweet, nausea ect. The same when talking in a group of people. Now, I have gain more confidence and I actually doing much better even though I can get nervous now and then passing by a group of people.

  2. These are some great recommendations. Anxiety can be such he’ll to deal with/ escape. Especially when you have the responsibility of motherhood. It can easily feel like there’s no where to go and to isolate yourself like you were saying. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for this great post. It will help a lot of moms and women out there. It did happen to me several years back when I got laid off twice, lost our house, started our own restaurant business then got bankrupt and on top of that, having some issues with our two grown up children. All in 3 yrs. Im the type of person whos always a happy-go-lucky and always on a positive side so you’ll never see me struggle or having issues. Then one day, it just all happened. I shut my communications w every friends and family for couple of months. Stayed home in bed and sleep was one of my escape. I know for some its hard to put yoyrself to sleep but I dont have problems with that. I kept praying too, then slowly started doing zumba at home. Thanks to this workout since i love dancing. I think it helped me release all those negative energies as well. And to my husband who was really supportive during those times.
    Just do not give up and be strong.
    We cant give up for our loved ones.

  4. These are such great tips for moms that only OCCASIONALLY suffer from anxiety (those exist somewhere right) but they are so important for moms who deal with it every day!

  5. I suffer from anxiety. I recently did a post about mental illnesses as well. I am glad that you are speaking on a topic that needs so much awareness and giving advice how to handle anxiety.

  6. This post!! ❤️ Anxiety is SO real and it can be so crippling. I have struggled with anxiety for a lot of my life, often even with panic attacks that left me exauhsted and in bed for days. Prayer and relying on God really works wonders. It’s amazing how open you are about all of this! Loved this post!!!

  7. I have learned that opening up and being yourself and being transparent will help someone so great. So thank you for getting personal. It will sure help a lot of people relate!

  8. I totally agree with you! The most important thing to do is let go of things you can’t control. It took me a long time to realize this, but now that I have, it is very freeing. This is such an inspirational post for those suffering from anxiety.

  9. Meditating helps me when anxiety grips hold of me. As you mention above, deep breathing, relying on god (reading the scripture) and listening to Christian Music are some forms of meditation that I practice too. Recently, I start using aromatherapy to help relieve anxiety.

  10. These are the same tips that I use on myself and they help a lot!

    Knowing my triggers have also been important in avoiding situations where I know I might get anxious, especially if I’m feeling particularly tired or stressed out because of something.

    Being tired also does NOT help. And working out has been the BIGGEST therapeutic method – sweating it out and getting my body moving has been the most stabilizing tool for my anxiety.

    You’re not alone in this – I understand how you feel <3

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

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