Personal Development, Soul, Spiritual Development

Do You Get Anxiety: How To Liberate Yourself

“The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”

— Heraclitus

Do you get anxiety? I do! Everyone does. I experience anxiety from time to time but I realized it has been a little more intense than usual.
Personal development to me means I am responsible for taking care of my mental and emotional. Wellbeing.
 
So I began counseling, to deal with the anxiety I was feeling and experiencing in a very real way.
My evaluation brought the news I was unsure of but felt with intensity. PTSD with moderate to mild Anxiety and Depression. PTSD an anxiety disorder. Can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age.
PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults. An estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
 
Now that I am more aware of what is happening when I began to feel anxiety near. I can be effective in getting myself into a state of calm. Instead of allowing anxiety depression and PTSD rule my mind and soul. I rule it with knowledge, strength, and wisdom.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion.
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school. Going to a job interview. Even giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
 
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work. Before taking a test. Before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear.
 
But, when a person feels disproportionate levels of anxiety. It might become a medical disorder. Anxiety disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses. That leads to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry.
 
After reading this article if you think you may be experiencing more anxiety than ever before. Seek help. It is vital to take care of your mental health.
 
It is important that we free ourselves from the effects of anxiety on our bodies, our soul, and spirit.

What Causes Anxiety?

 
A mental health professional can diagnose anxiety and identify possible causes. But sometimes, stressful events occur. As a result of a third party. Such as an employer or partner. And anxious feelings might emerge from people telling themselves the worst will happen. An anxiety disorder may develop without any external stimuli whatsoever.
 
Anxiety disorders have a complicated network of causes.

Causes of Anxiety

  • Environmental Factors: Elements in the environment around an individual can increase anxiety. Stress from a personal relationship. Job, school, or financial predicament can contribute to anxiety disorders.
  • Genetics: People who have family members with anxiety disorder. Are more likely to have one themselves.
  • Medical Factors: Other medical conditions can lead to an anxiety disorder. Such as the side effects of medication. Symptoms of a disease, or stress from a serious underlying medical condition. That may not trigger the changes seen in anxiety disorders. But might be causing significant lifestyle adjustments, pain, or restricted movement.
  • Brain Chemistry: Stressful or traumatic experiences and genetic factors. Can alter brain structure and function. To react more to triggers that would not before have caused anxiety. Psychologists and neurologists define many anxiety and mood disorders as disruptions. To hormones and electrical signals in the brain.
  • Use of or Withdrawal from an Illicit Substance: The stress of day-to-day living. Combined with any of the above might serve as key contributors to an anxiety disorder.

This is only some of the causes of anxiety. Some of us only need to do a ReDo. ReDo our lives.


What Does A ReDo Mean?

Only human beings can redo themselves. We can stop and pause. Then in that precious space between the stimulus and the response. We can re-consider our behaviors, ideas, and attitudes. We can make internal adjustments. Upgrade ourselves. And then we can ReDo ourselves. By behaving in ways that make us feel good.
 
We don’t have to be stuck inside of our misstatements or momentary lapses. When we make mistakes, we can liberate ourselves, instead of shaming ourselves.
 
Because the meaning of everything is fake news. It’s all subjective and open to interpretation.
 
At times we may interpret things in one-way. Other times we interpret—or re-interpret—the same thing in a completely different way.
 
Many things influence how we make meaning, but few things influence us more than fear. When our survival system is aroused. We tend to interpret things through a different neurological set of filters. Our range of interpretations and responses are narrow when under threat. Our responses have been fighting, fleeing, or freezing.
 
It means that we can open the space between the stimulus and the response. We can buy ourselves more time to reconsider. Release anxiety and fear. Re-right ourselves so that when we speak we are expressing ourselves from a higher place. A more mature place, a more thoughtful and caring place.
 
We must tap into our ability to make meaning and make choices so that we can re-create our lives as we wish them to be.

How To Liberate Yourself

The first step in healing and liberating your soul from anxiety. Is making the decision to do so. Then redo what needs to improve. Starting from the inside out.
 
If you feel like you’re drowning in a swamp of mental clutter. Stress, hurt, loneliness, fear, fuzzy headed, uncertainty, not able to think straight. Feeling emotional bankrupt. Or as if something has a spiritual lien on your soul—you need to stop and clean your inner house!
 
“Make a clean sweep of your lives,” as it says in Luke 3:16-17(MSG).
 
The health and energy of your soul will dictate how you experience life! If you make a clean sweep of your life you will prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.
To get to a state of liberation you should…
1.  Be Anxious For Nothing!
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7 The Message (MSG)
Life is full of temptations to be anxious.
 
That’s why when Paul. An Apostle. His original name Saul of Tarsus. One of the leaders of the first generation of Christians. Often considered to be the most important person after Jesus. In the history of Christianity. And the writer of the book of Philippians.
 
Says “Do not be anxious for anything,” my response is often, “I am having a hard time doing and not doing that.”
 
And yet, Paul (and the Lord) is very serious when he says, “Be anxious for nothing.”
 
Anxiety, fear, and worry are no small things in God’s eyes. When we’re anxious, we are, in essence, saying that we don’t believe God is able to take care of us. We’re saying that God isn’t powerful or caring enough to meet all our needs and sustain us through all our trials.
 
Then he says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication.” In other words, the only way to be anxious for nothing is to deploy prayer and petition.
 
I have to admit that, at least on the surface, this solution seems simple.
 
I mean, we all know that prayer is important and that we’re supposed to present our requests to God.
 
But, come on.
 
Be anxious for nothing?
 
Isn’t something more needed than simple prayer and supplication?
 
The Answer: Nope.
 
Again and again in scripture, the cure for worry and anxiety is going to God in prayer.
“Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (MSG)
How do we cast our crushing cares and fears and anxieties upon the Lord?
 
How do we unburden ourselves to the point where we aren’t anxious about anything?
 
Through prayer.
 
By laying our heavy burdens upon the back of the one who rules and reigns over all things. By bringing all our fears and worries to the burden bearer and laying them at his feet.
 
There’s only one person capable of bearing the burdens presented each day, and it’s not us. When we try to bear all the burdens on our own, we are giving in to the lie of self-sufficiency. We are believing that we have enough strength to conquer all that we encounter each day. This, of course, is utter foolishness.

2.  By Seeking First The Kingdom of God

The Rabbi Jesus puts it this way:
So do not be anxious. Saying. What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.Matthew 6:31-33. (MSG)
 
Jesus commands us not to be anxious. Instead tells us to direct our attention and action to seek God’s kingdom. One of the primary ways that we seek God’s kingdom is through prayer and petition.
 
Prayer is a divine invitation from the omnipotent God. The one who sustains all things. The one who keeps the planets from bolting into each other. The one who keeps our hearts from blundering into cardiac arrest. To unburden ourselves.
 
To bring all our cares and anxieties and fears to the King of Kings and lay them at his feet.
 
To say, “God, I’m not enough, but you are.”
 
Prayer is a man or woman giving God the legal right and permission to interfere in earth’s affairs.
 
The most awesome power every human being own. Is the power to influence earth from heaven through prayer.
 
“Prayer is a summons from God to be anxious for nothing.”
 
Prayer is saying to God, “Lord, I am too weak and fragile and scared. I’m not sophisticated enough to figure everything out. I can’t handle all this. I can’t sustain myself, bear my burdens, or be the problem solver. I. Need. You.
 

The command to be anxious for nothing is a sweet invitation wrapped in a command. It’s God saying, “Don’t be silly and try to handle all this on your own. Let me take care of the details. I’ve got this.”


3.  By Asking, Seeking, and Knocking Through Faith

There is no request or anxiety or need too small (or large) to present to God. He is a good, gracious Father who delights to take care of his children.
 
He invites us to bring all our needs. The tight budget. The scary diagnoses. The exhaustion from the week, the frustrations at work to him.
 
There is nothing too small for his care or too large for his sovereign control.
 
Ask, and I will give to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be open to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be open.”
There is one more thing required to be anxious for nothing. One more additive to throw in the “peace that passes understanding” recipe.
 
That additive is faith.
 
It’s not enough to pray to God. If we’re going to be anxious for nothing, our prayers must be intertwined with faith.
  • Faith in God’s promises to always provide.
  • Faith in God’s good, generous character.
  • Faith in God’s steadfast love, which will never leave or forsake us.
  • Faith in God’s ability to answer every prayer.
Prayer without faith is like a car without gasoline. It won’t get you anywhere. Praying without faith is insulting to God. And prayer without works is dead.
 
It’s the prayer of faith that prompts God to heal a person. It’s the prayer of faith that moves God to meet every need.
When prayer and faith are knit together, God moves.
 
Yes, the command to not be anxious or fearful seems overwhelming. Impossible. Unrealistic.
 
But if God commands it, he also empowers us to obey.
 

4.   Do The Soul Fast!

Every human being on the face of this earth can enjoy a time of soul fasting. Regardless of your religious beliefs or non-religious beliefs. Every human being is given the same amount of time.
 
“Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, and confirm the resolution. That we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves. To adjoin what we seek for the kingdom of God.” –Andrew Murray
 
The same opportunity to live a quality and prosperous life. We all have the same human experiences in different shapes, forms and sizes. Thus, we can all enjoy a time of soul fasting.
 
As you seek to understand a soul fast ask the Holy Spirit God The Creator of the Universe. For guidance and wisdom to understand the nature of YOUR soul.
 
It is imperative to understand that higher power. Higher conscience. The Universe. Whatever name you choose to call the one whom I refer to as God Elohim the Creator and Judge of the universe!
 
You are not alone when you feel those waves of despair crashing against your mind. For every one step forward you end up taking two steps back. Circling yet stagnates, bumping up against walls, blind. Every human being is vulnerable to these dreadful warning sign. By neglecting the life out of our soul!
 
“I pray for good fortune in everything you do. And for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul.” 3 John 2:1 (MSG)
 
Negative thought patterns, emotions, relationships, and other entanglements. Will keep you from living the abundant life and moving forward in the direction of your dreams.
 
When your soul feeds on toxic worldly junk and thoughts. The same as if you feed your body toxins in the form of junk food, it slows down. And ceases to operate to its greatest capacity.
 
This is the time when you need to do a complete cleanse and detoxify your life, body, soul, and spirit.
 
It is wise to fast from the things that destroy your soul. Instead feast on the things that nourish it. By setting aside time every day to strengthen your inner life.
 
 
I discussed how the trivial detail that ties up our souls. Is one of the most misunderstood things. Keeping us from running with purpose and certainty. Living a life of inauthenticity. Experiences, events, habits, relationships, desires, and motives, even spirits, ensnare our souls. Holding us back from moving forward in the direction of our dreams.


5.  Exercise & Meditation

You already know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it’s also effective in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, and more?
 
People who exercise tend to do so because it gives them a massive sense of well-being.
  • They feel more energetic throughout the day.
  • Sleep better at night.
  • Have sharper memories.
  • Feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.

And it’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.

Regular exercise can have a profound positive impact. On depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also
  • relieves stress.
  • Improves memory
  • helps you sleep better
  • and boosts your mood
Anupam Mahapatra

And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress. Boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.

Try to notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground. For example, the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. By adding this mindfulness element. Focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise.

You’ll not only improve your physical condition faster. but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head.

 


Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. Releasing endorphins in the brain. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so linked, when your body feels better so, your mind will be.

Evidence suggests that by focusing on your body. How it feels as you exercise. You can actually help your nervous system become “unstuck”. Begin to move out of the immobilization stress response
Make exercise an intentional part of your everyday life.

You don’t have to spend hours in a gym. Or force yourself into long, monotonous workouts. To experience the many benefits of exercise.

Research shows that meditation can help you better handle negative feelings and emotions. While there are many forms of meditation. The ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health.


5.  Go To Counseling. Get Therapy.

Do you want to control your anxiety? Stop worrisome thoughts, and conquer your fears? Here’s how therapy can help…

Often, people try to cope with those negative reactions by avoiding situations. Or experiences that make them anxious. Unfortunately, avoidance can backfire and actually feed the anxiety.

Psychologists who are trained in diagnosing anxiety disorders. Are teaching patients healthier, more effective ways to cope.

Whether you’re suffering from panic attacks. Obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia. It’s important to know that you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear.

Treatment can help. And for many anxiety problems, therapy is often the most effective option. That’s because of anxiety therapy—unlike anxiety medication. Treats more than the symptoms of the problem.

Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears. Learn how to relax. Look at situations in new less frightening ways. Develop better coping and problem-solving skills.

Therapy gives you the tools to overcome anxiety and teaches you how to use them.

Anxiety disorders differ.

So therapy should be tailor to your specific symptoms and diagnosis.

The length of therapy will also depend on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder. But, many anxiety therapies are short-term. According to the American Psychological Association. Many people improve within 8 to 10 therapy sessions.

Each anxiety therapy may be alone or combined with other types of therapy. Anxiety therapy may be with an individual. Or it may take place in a group of people with similar anxiety problems. But the goal is the same: to lower your anxiety levels, calm your mind, and overcome your fears.

 


A Series of Unfortunate Events

Chris Lawton

Is it possible that we are responsible for why things are the way they are? Yeah, we may be experiencing the anxieties of life. Or we suffer an anxiety disorder. Could it be our series of unfortunate events? Caused by our series of unfortunate decisions? Could the above be a cause and effect on the anxiety we experience?

“There is no chance. No destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Many times the “who’s responsible one” is starring at us in the mirror right in front of us. We sometimes cause our own anxiety triggers and symptoms.

There is no better signage available on the road of life than God’s written word. But, most people, even believing Christians don’t give the word of God much thought or attention. Until things are bad.

The great rabbi Jesus. Taught “whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will like them to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24) (NKJV)

Instead many of us go through life so captivated. Pre-occupied with what is convenient. That we miss what is valuable and necessary.

As a result, we stay on the road going nowhere building our lives on air. Rather than a solid foundation. “Like a man… who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.” Luke 6:48 (NKJV)

Let me ask you something… what is your true north? The navigation of your own hearts compass.

Unaddressed and unidentified things will burden your soul and cause anxiety. Causing you to go through life weighed down.“lay aside every weight. And the sin that ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Those weights are design to keep us down. Vulnerable to sin. With a dysfunctional set of behaviors that keep us stagnated and going around in circles. These things cause us to never reach our full potential and keep those around us stagnate as well.

We then become the hurting who hurts and the disappointed that disappoints.

The Take-Away

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To move forward we must ask ourselves. Why I do the things I do. Why exactly do I attract these kinds of people? I don’t want in my life or to associate with those kinds of people who have shown themselves to not team me!

But also running away the ones I do want in my life. How can I break these horrible negative cycles in my life, and how can I grow and do something great in my lifetime?

I have learned that people are generally oblivious. To how their decisions and thought patterns affect those with whom they interact. And vice versa, how our words and decisions affect our own destiny.

It’s all masked in an unsettling silence and acted out in irrational behaviors. This sinking ship of society’s morals and morale takes all passengers down with it.

Let’s be honest, where you are now is a direct result of every decision you have made in the past. Meaning it is the road to the good and bad things in your present moment.

Some you have caused some caused by others


Our life is the sum total of our choices-choices that either enslave or save our soul. It is time that we get established in the knowledge of the truth of God’s Kingdom. The knowledge that will set us free.Regardless of the unfortunate events. Decisions, or relationships we’ve been bound by in the past and medical diagnose.

The truth will set the real YOU free. That has been captive and free you from the limitations of your, anxiety-filled soul. Be Healed and Be set free! This will lead you to an authentic liberated quality of life.

The power of authenticity is in the human heart from families to nations. Authentic leaders aim to liberate the heart, their own and others.

I aim to liberate myself and others with the truth of knowledge and wisdom. People perish for the lack of knowledge.

Embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God. You’ll not only do minor feats as I did to the fig tree. But also triumph over huge obstacles.” Matthew 21:21 (MSG)

Breaking free. Getting clear. Finding that peace and confidence that makes life joyful. The purpose of being anxious for nothing, seeking first the Kingdom of God. Asking, seeking, knocking through faith, the Soul Fast, exercise, meditation, and counseling.

Is to get to your most healthy place and be your authentic self, be kind to that self, and don’t be afraid to grow. Conquer your fears and anxieties.

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