Summer Break – Anxiety

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Watch out!  It can envelope you!

Good morning from Our Purposeful Life.  We are going to take a break this week, but we thought that we could take the opportunity to post 5 summaries of posts we have published over the last year.  Enjoy!

Today’s summary:  Anxiety

Anxiety – Part 1

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TensionCloseQ: Why am I so anxious?

A: Because you are so human.

Stat: I learned that around 30% of Americans will deal with an anxiety disorder sometime in their life. That means that roughly 1 out of 3 will at some point have a diagnosed, clinically defined anxiety disorder. Although I knew it was pretty common, I was still surprised to hear that anxiety is so widespread. And that’s not to say that the other 70% don’t have their moments also. Fear and its associated gremlins (insomnia, panic attacks, obsessive or compulsive behaviors) are something that many of us have struggled with off and on, and it is the topic of our discussion today. Continue Reading…


What Kind of Anxious Are You?

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Rational Worry or Irrational Worry?

In my opinion, there are two types of anxiety. One is a worry that is the result of rational fear or concern about something. What I call rational anxiety may be a fear of messing up something difficult at work, or being worried that you won’t have enough money to make ends meet. Or you just got bad news from the doctor. Or you are worried that your kids will get hurt. Or that a relationship will fail. Or you have too many things to get done and you are worried about falling behind. All of these are fears that you understand and can explain. And even if they get a little out of hand or are excessive sometimes, you still understand why you are anxious. Continue Reading…


 

Irrational Anxiety

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Watch out!  It can envelope you!Anxiety, Part 3a: Putting Irrational Anxiety on the Defensive

Review: Rational Anxiety

In Rational anxiety, we learned that

  1. When you know the power that you have through Christ, there is no longer any reason to be afraid.
  2. When you understand what kind of Father we have, there is no longer any reason to worry about what might happen to us.
  3. When you understand what kind of Future we have, there is no longer any reason to worry about what might happen to our temporary stuff.

That ‘mental reframing’ involves switching from logical anxiety to logical peace, based on the Truth. Today we will talk about illogical anxiety. Continue Reading…


 

Fighting Anxiety, Part 4

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Watch out!  It can envelope you!Yesterday I primarily covered the spiritual first steps to attack your anxiety. Today I have listed 12 more ways to attack anxiety, that include spirit, soul, and body.

Attacking Anxiety in your Spirit, Soul, and Body: Continue Reading…


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