Anxiety and Courage an unlikely pair or not?
Today I would like to share my thoughts on these two words, Anxiety and Courage. You may think these are strange words to put together, but can I say that over these past two months where our lives have been thrown up in the air, the word anxiety is being mention more than ever.
You may feel like I did, that anxiety won’t affect me, but let me say, when I started to feel sick two weeks ago with a very sore throat, the anxiety and fear that is so prevalent at the moment decided that I was its next victim.
I know where my hope comes from and I know my faith in my Creator, but in that first 24 hours, anxiety became very real for me. I experienced what it was like to have a ‘full on’ panic attack and I had to work very hard to pull myself back from that.
It made me think about how anxiety can sneak up and play out in our lives, when we least expect it. It truly takes great courage to identify it, acknowledge it, and seek help, support, and then take actions to bring yourself back.
Anxiety: What It Is
If you’ve ever experienced it in your own life, you know first-hand that defining the wide range of thoughts and feelings associated with this emotion can be quite difficult.
So before we go any further, I want to define anxiety for you because I think we can all benefit from what it truly means.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines anxiety as:
An apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness, usually over an impending or anticipated illness; an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear, often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of a threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
When we think in terms of anxiety, we’re really thinking in terms of feeling dread, apprehension, and uncertainty about things.
As I have looked at this, it appears that there are three main areas where this uncertainty comes into play in our lives:
- When we’re uncertain about something that’s currently going on in our lives.
- When we’re uncertain about things that happened in our past and why they keep bothering us.
- When we’re uncertain about the future.
The bottom line about all of our feelings of dread, apprehension, and uncertainty comes down to one thing: The fear of not being in control. If there’s something beyond our control and we feel uncertain about the outcome, that’s going to create anxiety within us.
In biblical sense, the word anxiety means distracted or pulled apart … the opposite of peace.
That “distraction”—that “pulling apart”—is going to create stress within us. And that stress, whether we realise it or not, is going to have a profound effect on our lives.
It will make you physically ill.
It will divide your mind and your focus goes so does your energy. Where your mind goes, the overall health of your body will eventually follow and as I have mentioned before, what we empower devours us!
That’s why recognising what it is and learning to deal with the all-encompassing emotion of anxiety is of paramount importance in your life. It takes courage to reach out and say I need help.
Courage: What It is
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines courage as:
Mental or moral strength to venture persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. Courage implies firmness of mind and will, in the face of danger, or extreme difficulties.
In Remarkable You I shared that courage is an essential item for remarkable travellers – as Courage will not remove the obstacles, but it will show you how to forge a path that you believe in. It takes courage to put our hand up and ask for help when we are feeling overwhelmed.
Can I encourage each one of you, to be courageous and reach out for that help if and when you need it.
We’re going to get through this… You are not alone in this. We’re in this together. #togetherwearebetter
A – Decide what action you will take
C – Identify what choices you will make
T – Commit to timeframe for this change
Journey well, Remarkable You as your discover the HOPE within!
Don’t forget please reach out if I can help you…