As we ring in 2016 I wanted to share with you my resolutions that pertain to my GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) and hopefully yours too.
This year I will not let my anxiety prevent me from being productive.
I find myself relaxing more than I should during the school semesters because I’ve lived this lie of “if you don’t relax enough, your anxiety will prevent you from doing even more.” So there I was watching hours of Netflix when I could have been working ahead on my homework…and you know…working towards a degree. I need that angel on my shoulder this semester saying “For Pete’s sake it’s your Junior year Jennifer, grab a hold and start doing something!”
This year I will not let my anxiety take over my social media (besides in my blog posts).
“I have anxiety so I’m going to post emotional posts all the time to let everyone know how I’m feeling and then maybe I’ll feel better.” Let me be the first to tell you, I’m going to try to write my feelings down in an actual journal instead of type them and post them for the entire world to see. This is going to be a hard one, especially with the convenience of doing it from my phone…during class…in the moment when I actually hate myself for waking up at 8am to come to a lecture that I don’t want to listen to. Time to pack the journal into my school bag…if I can remember to put it there.
This year I will not let my anxiety control my appetite.
Chips, chocolate, and cookies, oh my! Stress eating is not a girl’s best friend. I’ve put on a few pounds since going through depression, and anxiety doesn’t say “Girl, go eat a salad” either. So yes, I have the typical diet resolution this year, but not really. I’m going to eat chocolate without eating some more.
I will not let anxiety control my motivations.
Basically I’m going to get on the treadmill even if it makes me vomit. I need to feel better about myself, and this newfound confidence that I find will hopefully help me and you defeat our brains. I’ll just have to bring the Netflix onto the elliptical and burn what I gotta burn to see results! WHO’S WITH ME?!
Philippians 4:13,”I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”