I admit, I have truly been slacking on this experiment. It\’s actually quite sad that I haven\’t been able to make time for just a small amount of reflection each day. Now, that\’s not to say I haven\’t had amazing conversations with people I care about, or even that I haven\’t been productive (although today was the first day in a LONG time I actually got motivated to a point where I cleaned the horrid clutter off my desk.) So, I suppose this will take much longer than just November, unless I start doing multiple posts in one day. So, the topic of today? Anxiety.
As you may or may not know, this topic hits extremely close to home. I have struggled with anxiety since as far back as I can remember and was diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) 4 years ago. It\’s been a part of my entire life and has probably been one of the most influential forces in shaping me to where I am today. Anxiety tends to be where I live. Anxiety is an interesting thing because it\’s not so much the result of a negative event, but a stressful reaction to the possibility of a negative event. It\’s literally a mind game I play with myself constantly. That\’s what makes anxiety problems so difficult to deal with, it\’s not rational or logical and yet your mind goes off in a panic. Over the course of my life, I have had more panic attacks than I can possibly count. The worst part of it all is that I can\’t reason with it. I am so thankful for my family and my many friends that have helped me when I\’ve started freaking out for no reason. It is very much appreciated.
\”Protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.\” – Mass