Anxiety and Grief

anxiety-1337383_960_720The dictionary tells us that anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease. It is typically triggered by traumatic events. We all know that losing anything can be very difficult to deal with especially losing a loved one. I believe anxiety and grief goes hand-in-hand. I experienced severe anxiety after the loss of my dad. I worried continuously. I wondered if he was afraid  during his transition or if he felt any pain. My mind wondered all of the time. I can remember being so afraid. It is horrifying to constantly think and worry about things that’s really beyond your control. I worried about my own life and mortality. I worried for my mom, husband, children and other close loved ones like my brother and his family. I was a mess. My mind was so consumed with negative thinking. I would find it hard to sleep at night and when I finally would fall asleep I would awake in such a panic. My anxiety was at an all time high. My mind was playing tricks on me. I didn’t know what to do or who I could talk to that would truly understand how I was feeling and what I was dealing with. So I decided to turn to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I prayed fervently for God to help me, to heal my mind and to shed some light in my life because it seemed so dark and I felt so alone. I began to study his word and it was then I learned of the promises that he made to me and to you for that matter. So every time a negative thought would try to creep in my mind I would counteract it with the word of God (a positive thought).

  • You are a dead woman-not, “God came that I may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)
  • You are a nobody-lies, ” She is more precious than jewels and nothing compares to her (Proverbs 3:15)
  • You are so ugly-incorrect, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)
  • Your dreams will never come true-let’s see about that, ” Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (1 Chronicles 4:10) “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)
  • You will never get better, ” By my 39 stripes you are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)
  • You will never recover-bet on it, ” I will restore everything that you lost. I’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all of the scattered places” ( Deuteronomy 30:3-13)

I immersed myself in scripture daily. I began to do it so much that I felt as if sheds of weight was lifting off of me. My thoughts were becoming clearer. Doubts were diminished. I was on the road to recovery. I suddenly felt stronger mentally and physically. My words and thoughts were becoming more positive. It seemed unreal. I was actually regaining control of my life and starting to live again.

 

” The Serenity Prayer”

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change

Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference.

 

Published by NekiLynn Inspire

Hi everyone. I'm Nekitta Sutton. I've experienced major disappointments, setbacks and losses in life. During those times I had to hold on to my faith and find strength to continue on. Through the trials and sufferings I realized that I was more than a conqueror, I was a survivor. I began to gain knowledge and grow as a person by activating my faith and reading God's word. My hopes are to encourage the masses so that you will be able to regain control over your life and start living again as well. It takes a lot of work and can sometimes be painful but I do know that it's possible and well worth it.

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