A little over two years ago I had my first anxiety attack.
Shortness of breath.
Knot in my throat and pressure on my chest.
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.
- Professional Help
- Own Your SItuation
- Run the Scenario
- Treadmills and Value Meals
- Know Your Triggers
- Don’t Sit. Do.
- Healthy Productivity