"The thought you are thinking right now is impacting every one of your 75-100 trillion cells of your body at quantum speed"
//Dr. Caroline Leaf, Neuroscientist
I have battled anxiety ever since my senior in high school. I had never really been cool before, but I had friends and I remember being really goofy and free-not caring too much what others thought. It seemed almost overnight this happened that I was running around being silly and kind of enjoying school to being worried about what others were thinking of me and burdened with anxiety.
I think this may be a familiar story for many people--for whatever reason, you feel free and happy and then one day you just become self conscious and anxiety ridden and you don't know how to stop it.
There were two things that I chose to help me cope with anxiety:
Music and Attention.
One of the best ways I would cope with anxiety was that I started going to the gym (and I still think this is a great way to get rid of stress!)....But, I used to blast to "secular" music to drown out my thoughts--and it did work--I didn't have as much anxiety every time I would listen to really loud and dark music. It had lyrics I could relate to, ( being lonely, broken relationships, self worship, music with vial and defiling words and sometimes worshipping suicide)
There was something comforting about the darkness. But ultimately, living in the darkness is a void reality.
Whether you realize it or not, what you're listening to and watching is affecting your thoughts and actions. Gossip magazines, reality TV shows, social media addiction, secular music, porn (yes, we do need to say that porn is not normal and is sinful because many christians have been led to believe its "ok" to watch) all lead us away from God's will and purpose for our lives.
Our brains are designed to worship. If you're not worshipping God with what you're watching and listening to, what are you worshipping? People? Feelings? Your Ego?
Another way in which I would deal with anxiety was through getting attention through dating and social media "likes"...again, I still struggle with this but ultimately, all the attention in the world doesn't lead to happiness. As evidenced by countless celebrity divorces and constant scandal. So how do you get rid of anxiety and regain that feeling of freedom?
If you are suffering from anxiety/depression/loneliness, consider going on a "media fast."
Social media is supposed to be a fun way to connect with others, but if you find that it's causing you anxiety, maybe you should give it a rest. For example, is it upsetting to you if you don't get enough likes or comments on a post?
Christ calls us to die to self so we can find life in him. Everything we need is in Him.
Prayerfully consider fasting from all secular media:
No TV, Social Media, Magazines, Music (unless it is honoring God). This may look different for each person. For example, Lord of the Rings has brought me closer to my creator as I find it to have deeply christian values .
Read books, write blogs, journal, experiment in the kitchen, exercise, pursue a hobby you haven't had time for before, write letters, make little crafts and gifts to mail to people, check in with your family and friends, clean your room, start a garden, volunteer at church or a pro-life ministry, listen to music and podcasts that honor God.
God can do amazing things with you in your new found free time and he can "rewire" you brain with the thoughts and plans he has for you.
Remember that God came to earth to bring peace, that he has already broken your chains of anxiety and that you simply need to take His hand and walk away, and into His arms.
Let us know if you have a fast from social media and how it goes-we want to hear from you!
We hope you have a beautiful and blessed day and thank you for reading xoxo-Kaikaina
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."