Tags archives: anxiety

  • Running as an Antidote for Anxiety and Depression

  • I love running! It has completely changed my life. I have loved running since I was a little kid. I loved running and playing with friends. I loved field day and running the sprints and the longer races. I ran track in high school. But somewhere along the way running became a bit of drudgery. Something I just did to stay in shape. But that changed in 2005 when my brother asked me to run t[...]
  • "What's the Difference Between Anxiety and Worry?"

  • "What's the difference between anxiety and worry?" That was the question posed to me the other day. It's such a great question, and honestly, I don't know if anyone has ever asked me that question before, which is sort of surprising in light of all the talk on worry and anxiety these days. Just go to Amazon and type in worry or anxiety and see where that gets you. These searches are under Chri[...]
  • The Importance of Breath Work in Dealing With Our Anxiety

  • One of the most important tools in helping anxiety is often one of the most underrated and underutilized. And that is breathing. And I think it's often overlooked because we take breathing for granted. It's something we do all day long without much thought. So the idea of having to practice breathing sounds crazy to many people. But it's interesting that the word for anxiety in Latin, "ange[...]
  • What Thinking Patterns Fuel Your Anxiety

  • “The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s.” (Dr. Richard Leahy -- quoted by Mick Ukleja in the article 7 Thinking Patterns That Contribute to Anxiety) Many of you know that I believe anxiety can be a great opportunity and catalyst for growth in our lives -- in fact, I just recorded a short video about this yesterday. [...]
  • Anxiety Reimagined: Could Anxiety Be a Friend in Your Life to Help You Grow?

  • "If God had not meant for me to be anxious, then He would have called me to some other vocation that didn't require weekly preaching, an activity that was a constant reminder of my ongoing struggle with stuttering. What if, instead, God wanted me to be anxious? What is He was wanting me to lean into Him and be dependent upon His strength, rather than my weakness Rather than running away from it[...]
  • Stuck in an Anxiety Rut

  • "Looking back at our families of origin and remembering these details can be a scary process for many people. Sometimes we are not quite sure what we will discover or remember, and that can leave us feeling anxious. That is normal. When we look back, and really try to sort through our relationships and experiences with our family, the intention is not to place blame or punish others. One of the th[...]
  • Welcoming the Uncertainty in Your Life That Anxiety Often Creates

  • "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." (Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled) I love that insight from Scott Peck. You will find that quote in[...]
  • Embracing Our Anxiety

  • I firmly believe as I have stated in many places, that our anxiety is a great opportunity for our growth. One of the first chapters in my book is about this idea of "embracing anxiety." I know that anxiety can come in many forms and whatever you are experiencing, I want to acknowledge that, and let you know that I'm not minimizing that experience. I've experienced anxiety that made my feel a li[...]
  • My Journey with Anxiety -- What is Your Journey?

  • I have had a long journey with anxiety. And I can honestly say that I'm thankful for the anxiety that I have wrestled with. I don't think I could, or would have said that while in the midst of my journey. But at times I can step back from it, gain some perspective -- and see that it was in the times that I was truly anxious that I grew the most as a person. Anxiety comes in all forms. It [...]
  • The Adventure of Anxiety...

  • "Learning to know anxiety is an adventure which every man has to affront if he would not go to perdition either by not having known anxiety or by sinking under it. He therefore who has leaned rightly to be in anxiety has learned the most important thing." —Søren Kierkegaard in 1844
  • Are You Feeling Anxious or Depressed?

  • Since Mental Health month is this month, I want to encourage you in two ways: If you find yourself feeling anxious or depressed, I really encourage you to reach out and get the help that you need. If you know someone who is feeling anxious or depressed, I encourage you to reach out to that person and to be present with them in the midst of it. I took a few minutes between clients to say [...]
  • Talking About Mental Health in the Church

  • Unless you have either experienced anxiety and depression yourself, or have sat present with those who have, then it's pretty easy for us to make trite comments or give cliche answers to those around us. This is probably the single reason why I wrote The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?. I had heard the cliche answers myself, and so many clients that came into my office had he[...]
 
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