In today’s day and age, anxiety is something quite commonly experienced, by teenage girls especially. As an anxiety sufferer, I have had my fair share of upsetting, deflating, confidence-knocking moments, leaving me feeling pretty rubbish. In these times I like to remember the verse from the bible that reads ‘she is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at days to come’ (Proverbs 31:25). It is a comforting reminder for me that in Jesus we are always brave – yay!! – and can’t be defeated by our fears (even if we feel like it in the moment!!)
I also have a list on my phone of helpful things to do when I’m feeling most anxious.
- ‘opt in’ – (it’s a phrase that my parents have said to me in m any different situations for as long as I can remember) say YES to things, go ahead with your plans. Don’t isolate yourself, because although at the time this feels like the easier thing to do, it can lead to feeling more lonely and anxious.
- Go for a jog, or even just a walk, to release endorphins, or ‘happy hormones’, and to clear your head. Often a change of scenery can help to change your state of mind.
- Eat yummy, healthy food – I’m a strong believer in healthy food = healthy mind & drink lots of water
- Verbalise you fears – tell your friend, your mum, your sister, whoevers around how you’re feeling; it’s good to be understood and to have people supporting you.
- Pray. God knows your struggles, your sadness, your fears. The bible says to ‘cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7) so bring your troubles to him.
God also knows your happiness, your joy, your good moments, so focus on these and remember that you are not alone and you are bigger than your fears.
Tell yourself, I AM BRAVE, because, you are. X