Challenge Your Fear and Anxiety

On Tuesday I finalised my enrolment in a Certificate IV in Accounting! Driving home I felt completely overwhelmed as my past experience of study (that didn’t go so well) filled my mind with insecurity and panic took over my being.

My Mum strongly encouraged me to challenge those thoughts. To not just let fear consume me like it is the only option I have. To remember to fight back.

You and I have a choice to challenge the negativity and anxiety/fear surrounding ourselves and our lives. I would like to share with you some tips I have found useful in doing so, as a starting point, for better mental health.

Find others that will help challenge: Surround yourself with people that will help you challenge anxious thoughts with kindness and truth. I find it gives some much needed perspective and encouragement.

Rough Day? Stay off social media: When I am feeling highly anxious about things and feeling down about myself seeing everyone’s lives makes things worse. Comparison heightens my anxiety to incredible levels. Sometimes I take social media breaks for days at a time to reset and to approach social media in a healthier and happier way.

Changing your life takes time: I struggle with patience, big time! Take steps to achieving your goals and dreams today. Whether it is saving for that dream holiday or returning to study to achieve employment. Be proud of the steps you have taken and are going to take.

Proceed with kindness: I have said it before yet I am still learning; yelling at yourself and being mean to yourself will not get you there any faster. Choose to speak to yourself with kindness.

Don’t compare, instead celebrate: Full disclosure I MAJORLY struggle with this. When I have bad days I compare absolutely everything – nothing is off limits. From experience this is a very bad idea as it only feeds my anxiety and fear. Recently I have started purposely celebrating other people rather than automatically comparing myself to them. It is challenging my comparison attitude in a positive way.

Pray: Ask Jesus to help you to challenge any negativity, anxiety and fear you may have. He wants to help you to live a freer and happier life.

Philippians 4: 6 – 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Love,

Cathryn

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