As I scanned my Facebook pages today, the counseling/therapy/positive group pages, I am amazed of how many, just today, are on fear and anxiety.
While I know this is an everyday occurrence for many, myself included, today they just seem to stand out more. Perhaps this is a sign, I need to focus more on and get a deeper understanding of what I am going through myself. No qualms there.
Sadly, these days there are many that are experiencing these emotions and feeling hopelessness. It’s not just the average Joe out there or those down on their luck, but Pastors, Attorneys, etc. Nobody is exempt from the thoughts, emotions and even suicide.
Many will say ‘I’m Fine’ but that is not always true. Pay attention if you say it or hear that. We are ones to use that phrase so casually, to ignore what is really happening within or to not bother others. Oftentimes, others won’t bother to ask if that is fact and ask, are you really? People just need to know somebody cares.
I don’t know where you are in this phase of life or others you may know, but know this, there is help.
Of course, I am going to say God and truly He is there 24/7 and loves you like no other but even with Him, many feel so worthless to call upon Him. How do I know? I’ve been there.
Hopefully, just talking to someone whether it be a friend or family member will help but I know that can sometimes be futile, as nobody is available to listen and leaves you feeling more alone. Again, how do I know? I’ve been there. Why try.
If you are able, find a good Counselor that will listen and guide you. There is nothing wrong if you see one. Don’t let others place condemnation upon you for taking care of you. Sadly, church and/or its members are typical of placing this stigma, as in having a lack of faith. How do I know? Been through it.
Seeing a Counselor, it will be helpful although not always easy as you deal and dig into areas that you never dreamed was an issue but makes sense of why you may be feeling these emotions. You know what I am going to say next. How do I know? I am presently seeing a Counselor and have been. I’m taking care of me.
So dear friend, know that what you are experiencing is only temporary. We will all go through things in life and will feel overwhelmed in areas that can take you by surprise at times. Just don’t stay there.
Practice self-care, get some rest, breathing exercises, go out and walk. Easier said than done, I know, but it does help.
Life can get overwhelming. You are stronger than you think. Trust Him!
You’ve got this!