My Struggle with Anxiety

Fear no longer defines me.
My Struggle with Anxiety

My mom tells me I used to cry at bath time. She also tells me I used to cry every time we went to the ocean. Although I grew up thinking I was just another kid who didn't like to take baths or go to the beach, I've come to realize those were the early signs of what would become a lifelong battle with fear and anxiety.

Changing the conversation

I am convinced we need to rebrand the way we talk about anxiety. We need to stop using the term "mental health" and start using different ways to discuss this topic. Maybe we could use Instagram and Twitter hashtags. For example, instead of using the hashtag #bff we can use #ibmfoo for "I Blame My Family of Origin." Or instead of the hashtag #throwbackthursday we can use the hashtag #tmfcslt "Throw my Front Cortex Some Love Thursday." It could change everything.

I'm joking of course, but my dream is that instead of words such as unstable and weak, we will use words such as intuitive, creative, and ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Friday Five Interview: Drew Dyck
Interview
Friday Five Interview: Drew Dyck
Do you serve a domesticated God?
From the Magazine
She Knew She Was Called to Serve. Then COVID-19 Came.
She Knew She Was Called to Serve. Then COVID-19 Came.
Aboard a Mercy Ship, a kindergarten teacher asked, “Should I stay or should I go?”
Editor's Pick
How to Preach When You Don’t Know Who’s Listening
How to Preach When You Don’t Know Who’s Listening
5 principles for online preaching.
close