Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back – 3

Worry grips you. How will we get through that? What if? What can happen? How can I provide?

Worry takes up all your attention. It forces you to think about the big unknown. It puts your focus on the uncertainty of the future and tries to fill in the blanks…

Anxiety of the future, the big What If. Worries, we all experience them from time to time. However, when battling anxiety, worry tries to capture us in a cage of irrational fear of the future. This fear cripples our efforts to face the day, to make decisions and to see opportunities.

Read about the first step in breaking free here – Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back – 1

Worry also brings stress. It causes us to stress how our relationships can fall apart, what disaster may befall us or the ones we love, how we may not be able to make ends meet.

It makes us lose focus of the things that really matter: our relationships, efforts and decisions in the present. It robs us of the joy of all that we have. It takes away the moment that we can enjoy ourselves or create new memories with the people we love.

How can we break free from worry? How can we battle anxiety and fear of the future?

Breathe. Very simply, stop and take time to breathe, and dwell in the present.

As worry grips our attention and cripples us, we actually forget to breathe. Our breathing becomes shallow and speeds up. It is as if we’re trying to rush towards the future, enslaved by fear of the unknown.

By taking time to breathe, deep breaths in and out, we can ground ourselves again in the present. After all, the present is what really matters.

In the present are our loved ones, we are currently doing life with.

In the present, we make the choices that can help us for the future.

In the present, we work, build and create.

The future simply flows from the present. If we want to face the future, stop worrying about it and ground yourself in the present.

An amazing quote of C.S. Lewis describes the all-important position of the present compared to the future.

[The Future] is the most completely temporal part of time – for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays… Hence nearly all vices are rooted in the Future. Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust and ambition look ahead.

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Being present in the moment. Being present in our current task. Being present for the others around us.

Miracles can happen in the present that can provide the basis for a hopeful future. All we need to do is stop, breathe and be present.

Miracles can happen in the present that can provide the basis for a hopeful future. All we need to do is stop, breathe and be present. #anxiety #fear #worry #mindfulness

Great resources:

Beyond Blue – Anxiety Management Strategies


See also

Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back – 2


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World in crisis: here’s how you can respond – pt. 1


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