Wednesday, April 4, 2018

When My Heart is Overwhelmed












Whew, y'all! This week has already been a week and it's only Wednesday. I can't pinpoint what has been bothering me but I have just been in a FUNK. I have been feeling really overwhelmed and when I start to feel like that I can tend to shut down and get really sad. It's a bad cycle that I find myself in at times. 

Feelings of being overwhelmed are never fun for anyone. If you don't know this about me already, I suffer from anxiety. So whenever I do get overwhelmed my anxiety can go through the roof.I just think that I have way too many things going on right now. I tend to have a hard time saying no and leave myself with way too much on my plate. I need to remember that it's okay to not say yes to everything. I need to realize my capacity and what amount I can take on a as a person so that I don't leave myself feeling extremely stressed. I also have some trips coming up that I am really anxious about. Trying to decide what event I should attend and what event I should probably say no to has been really hard. There's one event in particular that I really want to go to but I always wonder if it will be worth the social anxiety. Not to mention, I find myself thinking about my dad all the time and can't believe I haven't spoken to him in almost a year and a half. Thinking about whether I will get that dreaded "call" one day is enough to send me in a downward spiral. 

As I have felt these feelings of anxiety this week, I have been really trying to pray and focus on scripture, the two things that always help me feel better. There are 2 bible verses that have really helped me through this anxious time:

1) When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 

2) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I really enjoy reading the last verse because it reminds me that God doesn't want us to be anxious. I have peace knowing that God is with me and when I start to feel these feelings of being overwhelmed and being anxious, all I have to do is seek Him and He will bring me peace. For the rest of this week, I personally pray that God will help me to make better decisions on what I should take on and what I shouldn't and to help give me clarity on what situations I should put myself in and what situations I shouldn't. If any of you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I pray that you will seek God in those times. He really is the only One who can bring us the peace that we are seeking. If any of you are struggling with the same thing I would love to hear from you. There is always healing in knowing that you aren't the only person going through something! 

And I want to remind you all of something that I also have to constantly remind myself of every single day. When you are feeling inadequate or are being too hard on yourself, remember that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Nothing you can ever say or do will ever add or subtract from who you are. We ALL make mistakes but it is how we learn from those mistakes that make us who we are supposed to be. God made you unique and wonderful and He has amazing plans for your life. He loves you immensely. Never, ever forget that. 

XOXO, 
Katy 

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  1. I totally understand these feelings!! You're stronger than you think:)

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  2. Hey Katy, I can say that I relate to everything you’re struggling with. The month of March was one of the most trying months I’ve walked through. I’m still dealing with the aftershock and remnants on top of school and slowly going back into work. It’s a struggle. I feel so incapable and incompetent at times because my anxiety is at an all time high. Have you read the book, “The Best Yes” by Lysa TerKeurst? If not, you totally should. Praying for you girl and leaving this blog inspired!! God’s got you chica!! You’re beautiful, kind and incredible at what you do!!

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  3. I’ve been in this place recently too and needed to read this tonight. Thank you for sharing your heart! You are not alone.

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  4. I feel ya girlfriend! I’m a therapist and still feel overwhelmed (you would think I would know how to deal with it!) lol. Mommy’ing to a 7 month old, two jobs, and wife’ing is challenging.
    Hang in there and make sure you are taking care of you! <3

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  5. You have a beautiful heart Katy and I'm so glad you shared a little of it with us! I struggle with anxiety too and it IS nice to know we're not alone. Those verses are my favorite! Sometimes I forget to turn to God's word when I'm anxious and overwhelmed, so thanks for the reminder :) often we think we should just handle it ourselves, but He's promised to always be with us in our struggles and to never leave us. That fact is so comforting to me. Besides prayer and reading the Bible, do you have some other things to help you relax? I love to do yoga, journaling and listening to favorite tunes. Anything that takes my mind off the jumble of thoughts and stresses! I hope you have a better week. I'll be praying for you! xoxo Alyssa

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  6. You have a beautiful heart Katy and I'm so glad you shared a little of it with us! I struggle with anxiety too and it is nice to know we're not alone. Those verses are my favorite! Sometimes I forget to turn to God's word when I'm anxious and overwhelmed, so thanks for the reminder :) often we think we should just handle it ourselves, but he's promised to always be with us in our struggles and to never leave us. That fact is so comforting to me. Besides prayer and reading the Bible, do you have some other things to help you relax? I love to do yoga, journaling and listening to favorite tunes. Anything that takes my mind off the jumble of thoughts and stresses! I hope you have a better week. I'll be praying for you! xoxo

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  7. Yes, girl. Me, too. There is nothing like Christ to get us through this. I have anxiety as well since becoming a mom of two (and due with #3 in 3 weeks). I also have depression that my doctor said will be latent but ebb and flow throughout my life. I can go months and years without feeling the weight, but then I’ll be down and in a funk that seems impossible to escape. But as you know, Philippians 4:13!! Hang in there. You’re so not alone! Saying no gets easier with practice, I promise. You start to see that the only one whose view of you matters is God. And well, He loves you beyond measure, He knows your fears and your flaws. He wants you just as you are, hot mess days and all. UnInvited by Lysa TerKeurst really helped me with my struggles - go order a copy and trust that it’s full of amazing stuff!

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  8. Hey girl! You should read Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. It is so spot on with the fears that we as women deal with. I think you would love it!

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  9. Hey girl! You should read Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. It is so spot on with the fears that we as women deal with. I think you would love it!

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  10. Hey girl! I just want you to know that I’m a fellow sufferer of anxiety. Was actually diagnosed at 19 with a disorder and was on medication for about 6 years due to consistent panic attacks and honestly just not being able to function normally throughout the day. Little things would just send me over board. I have no been of medicine for 2 years, but I still struggle with anxiety daily. I’m also the same in the way the most help for me when I get lost in my anxiety is praying and seeking God and reading his word for encouragement and guidance. Recently I got in a dark place, much worse than I had been in a long time. My anxiety and stress was keeping me awake for the entire night or waking me up at 12 or 1 am and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I felt like I was sinking and couldn’t take much more. I began to listen to Christian music nonstop, read his word and devotional daily, and also listened to sermons through podcasts. I wrote down many verses that directly spoke to my anxiety and read them out loud to declare God’s word to my struggle. Jesus literally stuck his hand out and pulled me out of the hole I dug for myself. In this last battle I read something that really stuck with me and helped me. Don’t focus on your stress, don’t focus on those things that you’re worrying about. Focus on Him. Focus on Christ and his goodness,mercy, and grace. Christ based contentment will make you strong. No one can take your Christ, no one can take your joy. Your plans may not work out, but His always will. My heart goes out to all women who suffer with anxiety and stress. I know how hard it is to be faced with things in everyday life and feel like you can crumble because of them. Christ is your strength!

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  11. Hey girl! I just want you to know that I’m a fellow sufferer of anxiety. Was actually diagnosed at 19 with a disorder and was on medication for about 6 years due to consistent panic attacks and honestly just not being able to function normally throughout the day. Little things would just send me over board. I have no been of medicine for 2 years, but I still struggle with anxiety daily. I’m also the same in the way the most help for me when I get lost in my anxiety is praying and seeking God and reading his word for encouragement and guidance. Recently I got in a dark place, much worse than I had been in a long time. My anxiety and stress was keeping me awake for the entire night or waking me up at 12 or 1 am and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I felt like I was sinking and couldn’t take much more. I began to listen to Christian music nonstop, read his word and devotional daily, and also listened to sermons through podcasts. I wrote down many verses that directly spoke to my anxiety and read them out loud to declare God’s word to my struggle. Jesus literally stuck his hand out and pulled me out of the hole I dug for myself. In this last battle I read something that really stuck with me and helped me. Don’t focus on your stress, don’t focus on those things that you’re worrying about. Focus on Him. Focus on Christ and his goodness,mercy, and grace. Christ based contentment will make you strong. No one can take your Christ, no one can take your joy. Your plans may not work out, but His always will. My heart goes out to all women who suffer with anxiety and stress. I know how hard it is to be faced with things in everyday life and feel like you can crumble because of them. Christ is your strength!

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  12. I suffer from anxiety as well and can relate to what your saying. I suffer from this way too much! Just know, this too shall pass! It’s okay to say no when you want to or yes when you want to! Sometimes you need to take days for yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet without the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hoping you find peace and can take a breather! ��

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  13. How wonderful that you know to rely on God to get through the hard times. :-) And even more wonderful that you are willing to publicly say so. Hang in there! 😍

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