And yet I know the heartbeat of my anxiety: I forgot that I was rescued, and in that rescue, given grace. – Katie Blackburn
Blogging can be fun. Anxiety stinks. For some, blogging and anxiety mix, making blogging not-so-fun.
There’s so much advice available today. Maybe not anymore than there was years ago, but we are more connected than ever to it now and pressures from all sides say we need to continually be taking in new information in order to become better, better, better.
Dealing with information overload is already one of my core weaknesses. You talk too fast or give me too much info at once and I swear I will look at you as a deer looks into headlights.
You may even have to snap or wave in front of my face to pop me out of my info-coma.
It sounds dramatic but having battled anxiety most of my life, I can tell you with all honesty that I am never sure what I look like when this happens, because my insides are too distracting for me to care.
My stomach churns and my heart begins to thud with vigor, threatening to leave my body and walk on. It is then that I either hold up a hand and say, “Just a second, please,” or I do this thing with my neck from side to side and try to regain my hearing. Because anxiety tends to take that away, leaving only a loud ringing in my ears.
The room becomes as a tunnel and the lights seem almost too bright. Sometimes I sit down, other times I dismiss myself to the bathroom. Either way, the issue of anxiety is a thorn in my side.
Desiring to control it, sometimes I smile and act normal and pretend I am not dealing with it, but usually that does nothing. I pray all the time, so it’s not that I am not asking God for help or giving it to him.
I have been prayed over, created a “cast your cares jar” to literally toss my cares into, hopped in the car for a joy ride, and many other methods to try and gain relief this monster.
Most days there is no other option but to move forward regardless of the stinker, and I want to share with you how blogging and anxiety collide, creating a beautifully fused rhythm of hope: A rhythm that the easily overwhelmed souls can come back to time and time again.
Blogging With My Eyes Shut
Have you ever had a vision, a dream planted in you but felt your fear may forever sabotage your awesome objectives? Anxiety doesn’t rear its ugly head on a high level when it comes to blogging – but I was starting to notice a bit of worry in the crevices.
There’s nothing new under the sun really, so hasn’t everything already been said? How do you blog if there’s a reason not to, each time you sit down to type?
5 Ways To Combat Blog Anxiety
- You begin by acknowledging that the reasons are never going to go away. (so the solution can’t be “never blog”)
- You can write down all the reasons you should blog.
- You can always contact someone who is more experienced than you. (reaching out is brave itself)
- You can contact a person to double check you are not infringing on another’s property. (ease your conscience)
- You can put your head down, turn off everyone else’s voices and write from your own experience.
I recommend of all the above but personally prefer the last of the bunch. It has helped to nip blog anxiety in the bud and helped me to make progress.
Mental setbacks are difficult because no one knows about them but you, unless you open up about it. God obviously knows they are there, and He doesn’t delight in our hardship – but one typically has to realize their need before they go looking for aid.
When we assume we are just being dramatic, when we put ourselves down for the way we learn differently from others, we are not helping the problem. This only serves to make things worse.
Instead of coming at it from a negative angle, we can accept our limitations for what they are: being human – and then do something that can and will change the course we are on: put those limitations into God’s hands.
We can believe that change is possible because we serve a God of “all things are possible.” (see Matthew 19:26)
We can begin to see that if we never try, we will remain forever embedded in the same spot we are in, for all of life. We can begin to see that we will have to step out of our comfort zones if we are to going to ever be able to make an impact.
Doing this will not only impact others but it will impact us as well. The more and more we do the scary things, the stronger our faith will build up and we will be able to move forward because we remember how we previously overcame.
Learning How To Blog Brave
In the brave book, Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do, Christine Caine says, “We’re roused to do something, and then we immediately forget the one reason that we are capable of doing anything at all.”
She talks about how she formed a, “But God” list – because what God was asking her to do defied all the statistics, human logic, and reasoning combined.
She talked about how she could have easily focused on that instead of how big God was. Excuses were what made the priest, busy about his own ministry, pass right on by the wounded traveler. (see Luke 10:25-37)
If instead of judging the priest in my own head and telling a story of how I would have stopped for the man, I put myself in his shoes, I can see how that very well could have been me.
I could have been the one with a growing ministry, on a tight schedule with stress rising up as I mentally argued that I did not have time to stop right now, and that God wouldn’t possibly even dare ask me that. Right?
When we dwell on what we don’t have: not enough time, too high a stress level, not enough skill – it takes our eyes off of what we do have to offer.
Will we allow our human limitations and past negative experiences to dictate our lives or will we be undaunted and move forward, even if it means asking for help? Even if it means doing things differently than what we’ve always seen? Even if it means defying the odds and coming up against the arguments of our own minds?
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Bottom Line: Don’t be afraid to blog in the way that you are called to – even if you can find ten million reasons why it “can’t work.” Eventually over time, you’ll be able to blog with your eyes open – other’s work not holding you back but quite the opposite: inspiring you, spurring you, allowing you to learn more about what you do believe. Go forward, but ultimately -leave the results in their rightful place.
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