What about medication for your anxiety?For decades, the go-to medication for anxiety was a benzodiazepine, either valium, klonopin, or Xanax, especially Xanax. These medications do a really good job of pushing down the terrifying symptoms of anxiety and panic. I'm just not a big fan of using benzos, as they are called, because they are … Continue reading Anxiety and Medication
Focus On What You Know
An anxious brain is a busy brain. It can't sit still and be quiet. Instead, it scurries around picking up any tiny thing it can find and starts picking it apart, looking for something to worry about. The anxious brain makes mountains out of molehills by telling you lie after lie.So, here's today's suggestion: FOCUS ON … Continue reading Focus On What You Know
Go Ahead, Have a Panic Attack
Don't forget—anxiety is a liar.
Breathe Your Anxiety Away
When your anxiety is high, your body reacts by increasing your heart rate and blood pressure and quickening your breathing, which triggers a release of adrenalin. All of which makes your anxiety worse, which makes those symptoms worse, etc. So, IF YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR BREATHING, YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR ANXIETY. I'm going to give you an … Continue reading Breathe Your Anxiety Away
Try a ‘Worry Hour’
One thing you must remember is that ANXIETY AND WORRY feed off each other. More anxiety = more worry. More worry = more anxiety.It is NOT helpful to tell someone to quit worrying. And, trust me, it is VERY difficult to teach someone to not worry.But there is a technique you can practice that will keep … Continue reading Try a ‘Worry Hour’
Anxiety is a LIAR!
DON'T LISTEN to your anxiety—IT'S A LIAR! Anxiety fills your head with all the scariest, darkest, edge-of-the-world possibilities it can imagine. And trust me, it has a very LARGE imagination. The possibilities anxiety presents you with are always prefaced with "What if?" It will wear you out with all of its 'what ifs?'. I'm not … Continue reading Anxiety is a LIAR!
The Long View of the Bible
For over fifty years I have been a serious student of the Bible and have read it all numerous times. But up until this past year, I have never read it through in a chronological manner. My studies had always focused on the micro rather than the macro in that I would delve deeply into … Continue reading The Long View of the Bible
These Two Men Nearly Got Me Killed!
When I was in high school, I was not the rabble-rouser sort of teen. No fast-and-furious hot rod for me nor getting drunk on weekends. That’s not to say I had a halo around my head, for there might have been a time or two that my friend, Bob, and I went to town on an … Continue reading These Two Men Nearly Got Me Killed!