Fighting Anxiety

Josh —  October 18, 2013 — 1 Comment

A little over two years ago I had my first anxiety attack.

Shortness of breath.
Cold sweat.
Knot in my throat and pressure on my chest.
Irrational fear.

I was in crisis and I needed help. I got it and am getting it.

In this time I’ve done a lot of things that have helped and stopped doing quite a few things that were piling on.

As I have fought this while taking some big steps vocationally and personally I have learned a good deal about myself. In the process I’ve shared aspects of my story with other pastors and while there isn’t anything incredible or noble about my story I don’t think it is a unique story.

There is something about being a pastor that creates a scenario for your personal baggage to blow up internally and if left alone long enough, externally.

Maybe it is a perfection complex, the local celebrity, the pressure from competing interests, proximity to crisis or something else entirely; anxiety and other mental and emotional health complications appear to be more prevalent than we let on.

So I’m going to share my story through the lens of how I have combatted my personal anxiety. As new posts go up they will link back here.

  1. Professional Help
  2. Own Your SItuation
  3. Run the Scenario
  4. Treadmills and Value Meals
  5. Know Your Triggers
  6. Don’t Sit. Do.
  7. Repeat
  8. Healthy Productivity


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Josh is a Rookie Pastor who after nearly a decade in student ministry is planting a church in Northern Kentucky. Like everyone else he doesn't know what he's doing Rookie Pastor is just the venue to share the mistakes and what he is learning along the way.

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