Relentless Anxiety/Panic

by Mallory

I am a brand new licensed RN with an extremely anxious personality. I resigned from my new job of 2 months this morning because my co-workers talked to my supervisor behind my back and said I was bad for their team and I wouldn't fit in so no one wanted to precept me. I love my career and have dealt with mean nurses when I was an LPN which makes me a little slow to form relationships with others for fear of someone being after me. Through it all, God hasn't ever failed me. How do I learn to get rid of this generalized fear and have more faith that God is listening and not going to let something else bad happen?

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Nov 19, 2014
re: Relentless Anxiety/Panic
by: Susan

Hi Mallory,

It is true! People can be so unfair! We were born into a world that doesn't promise anything!! But God DOES promise that He will be with us and help us through the toughest of times, if we would just follow Him & trust Him with all that we have.

There is no sure way to do things in order to prevent bad things from happening -- bad things just happen --- and they happen to ALL of us!

It may help you to find peace in knowing that no matter what happens, God will see you through it.

It is through our personal experiences where faith has a chance to grow and we can become stronger.

Instead of fearing something bad happening again, turn your thoughts into prayers to God.

The bible says in Philippians 4:6-9, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, BY PRAYER and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and YOUR MINDS in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. And the God of peace will be with you"

God is giving us clear direction for dealing with our anxieties here. So how do you implement God's method into your own life?

1. When you are worried about something. PRAY about it right away. This act of prayer is the act of giving the problem to God.

2. MAKE THE CHOICE to deliberately think about all that is good and then meditate on those things! Keep your mind in a place where it remembers all that God has done and will continue to do for you. There is so much good in your life and those are the things we are meditate on, not the bad, not the negative, not the fears...

3. ACT in FAITH! Put into practice those things in which will help you to spiritually grow stronger in your faith. Make decisions based on truth! Making decisions based on fear is not what God desires for us! For example, a fear based decision may cause you to avoid, give up, or not even try. This is not faith building!

4. Trust GOD with the outcome! No matter what happens, we need to trust that God knows what is best for us. So if God doesn't seem to answer your prayers right away, be patient and keep the faith by pressing on. We do not give up!

As for your physical symptoms of generalized anxiety, dealing with the mind will help diminish that to some extent, however, it's important to find time to exercise to burn off those negative stress hormones! Being a nurse, you know full well how stress can negatively effect the body. Exercise, a hot bath, a massage --- all these things promote a healthy mind & body!

I wish you all the best as you walk ahead in your journey!

~ Susan

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