Anxiety isn’t something you can think yourself out of. It pulls you in and makes you get stuck inside your head. But if you can learn how anxiety works, what it feasts on, then you can start to regain power over your anxiety. This power comes from creating a battle plan for anxiety.
“Anxiety will have a field day with whatever you feed it. Your anxiety is happy to feed on your love life, your relationships, your career, and your purpose in life. Your anxiety wants to be fed something substantial, something that matters most to you, so it can feel full and still hold a purpose in your brain.”
Hannah Brencher writes these words in her book, Come Matter Here. I don’t think you could explain anxiety in any better way – it comes to wreck and destroy.
But I wonder, what could change or what would change if we stopped giving anxiety so much power. What if we brought our anxieties into the light, called them by name and created a battle plan to fight back?
To help us get unstuck and step into a new rhythm of life – one with less worry and anxiety. That is exactly what we dive into on this podcast – how to create a battle plan for anxiety and get unstuck.
Anxiety wants you to stay stuck inside your mind, feasting on what could go wrong. Living in constant fear, worry, and panic over false assumptions its created inside our minds. But what happens if we rise to fight?
What happens if we face our anxieties instead of letting them run wild inside our mind? What happens if we stop giving anxiety power over our lives?
I think it’s time to bring our anxieties to the light. To challenge what we believe, hold it up to the truth, and even speak the words. Perhaps the bravest thing you could do would be giving yourself permission to tell someone else your fears.
Getting your anxieties out, getting outside of yourself, could be the only way to defeat the beast that it is. There are three big keys to creating a battle plan that works.
- Awareness – Live aware of what your anxieties and fears are. Call them by name and stop letting them sneak around under the surface.
- Challenge – Not everything we think is true, in fact, some would consider that most of what we think is fictional. The longer we let anxieties free, the more likely we are to be living in false stories. Challenge your anxieties, question your thoughts, and hold them against the truth.
- Community – It’s hard to heal by staying inside ourselves – we have to let them out – to get outside of ourselves to heal. Find relationships where you can speak your worries, a safe place you can find the truth.
Creating your battle plan consists of all three steps. Once you start defining your anxiety, it will be harder to hide. Work on creating a battle plan that works for you to and put it into practice. Give yourself permission to heal – you don’t have to be stuck here.
Understanding your anxiety involves awareness. Healing involves challenging your anxieties. Make sure you spend time to live aware, to check in on your feelings and thoughts and hold them up to examine if they are helpful or if they’re anxiety producing.
And don’t forget to create your battle plan to overcoming anxiety.
It might start by doing just one simple thing in the next 5-minutes and repeating that one step at a time until you can pull yourself out. Or it might be making a list of anything that brings you joy – that makes you feel good and doing that. But certainly every battle plan needs to involve one safe name, you can turn to anytime anxiety strikes — a person who can speak truth over you and bring you back to reality.
Go ahead, create your plan, and put it into action. Watch as your anxiety flees your new lifestyle.
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