By: Megan Wordsworth, IATG ContributorFebruary 3, 2016
Winter break came to an end and a new semester was poised to start. There are a lot of people who love school: the new books, reuniting with friends, the late night study sessions, and of course the endless supply of coffee shops. I am not one of those people.
In fact, I absolutely dread school. While I’m grateful for the opportunity to go to a four-year university and obtain a high degree education, I hate who I become when I’m in school. School brings out all of my anxiety and my perfectionist tendencies.
Even though every semester I tell myself that it’ll be different and I won’t worry so much, every semester I end up being every bit as anxious and uptight. The anxiety I have isolates me from activities that most college students experience.
I know you’re probably thinking that I should just learn to chill out and do the best I can, and I’ll admit that you’re completely right. It’s something that I’m continually working on. Anxiety is something that can be managed; I’m not saying that it’s easy, but it is possible. Typically, anxiety stems out of a fear for wanting control. It’s something that almost everyone experiences at some point in life, but it’s typically exercised in many different ways, some may over-eat, under-eat, over-exercise, isolate themselves completely, or even experience panic attacks. It doesn’t matter how you might exercise your anxiety, all anxiety stems from fear.
For me, the only way I overcome my anxiety and ultimately my fear is when I rely on my faith in God. My relationship with God has only grown in the past few years; He has given me the strength to endure so many hardships in my life. It is only by His grace that I am still here today.
I love to refer to Matthew 6 in my times of anxiety and fear. The passage discusses how the Lord takes care of the birds in the air, and if He takes care of His many creations than He most certainly can and will take care of us, His most precious creation. I understand that giving up fear to God may not be something that is easily done, and it is not something that can be done all at once.
If you’re struggling with anxiety I encourage you to look deep to find out what the root of your fear is. Once you take the first step, it becomes easier to break down the wall. I still struggle with my anxiety, but now it’s becoming easier and easier to surrender my fear to God. Today, I encourage you to take the first step to find your own way to live a life free of anxiety!
How do you overcome anxious thoughts? What kind of practices--prayer, exercise, meditation, journaling--help curb anxiety? Spark an honest conversation with your besties, your circle of people you trust about your feelings/challenges.
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. She is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.
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