Does anyone else struggle with anxiety? I've always been a "worrier", but never so badly that I requested medication for my anxiety. Lately though, it's really been out of control. I worry constantly, about everything. I think its because there are a few areas of my life right now that are slightly up in the air and out of my control. I am a planner, and I like to be in control, so that stresses me out. Not to mention, I've been having these crazy nightmares lately about death of loved ones that just feel so real.
Yesterday, I wrote out Philippians 4:6 from The Message on a notecard and I've been carrying it around with me. The verse says, "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."
The verse is a good reminder, and I HAVE been trying to pray whenever a worry pops into my head rather than to dwell on the worry. It reminds me a little bit of something that I learned one summer while I visited my aunt at a Buddhist temple that she was staying out. The monks were talking about how to meditate, and they talked about how they handle a thought that comes into their mind while they're meditating. They encouraged beginners to say to themselves something like, "I have a thought, but I choose not to acknowledge it now."
So how about you blog readers? Do you feel like you worry excessively or have anxiety? What do you do about it?