Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Panic Attack Help - Don't Suffer More Than is Necessary

Panic attacks are a horrible thing to endure. I have suffered them for at least fifteen years, but probably much longer. I didn't know what was going on with me, so I'm not sure when they started.

I know I had problems with anxiety when I was pregnant with my seventh baby, who is now fourteen years-old. I went to see a counselor who told me that my depression had been there for a very long time.

He told me that panic is a fear of the future and depression is a fear of the past. I contemplated what he meant by that and I started to pay attention to my thoughts and feelings.

I realized that when I felt overly sad, I was thinking about something that had happened to me.

When I felt panicky, I was worried about something that I had to do or that might happen. I finally understand what he meant!

I have learned that it is important to recognized the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. You have to know what you are up against before you can begin fighting the battle.

Once you know what to look for, you can start finding help to get over your panic attacks - help that will allow you to have a happier life!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Being Cheerful in Times of Trouble

The Bible is very clear that in the last days there will be much trial and tribulation. A quick reading of Matthew 24 is enough to worry a person, and reading the books of Daniel, Joel, and Revelation can give you nightmares.

How can someone avoid being caught up in panic, anxiety attacks, and depression concerning the end times spoken of in the scriptures?

A positive mental attitude can go a long way in keeping a more cheerful perspective. This can be difficult when times get rough. I know, because I went through a horrible time when my nine-year-old daughter died unexpectedly back in 2002. I am fortunate because my faith in God was strong enough that I did not question Him and get angry at Him for taking Brianna back home. I could have easily done that. Some of my sisters and their children took it much harder. I knew there was a plan, even if I didn't know what the plan was.

Not everyone is called to experience the death of a child. Some have even greater burdens to endure. But we all can turn to our Heavenly Father for strength and comfort in the hard times. According to Isaiah, He is waiting with open arms, willing to gather us under His wings as a mother hen does to her chicks. Imagine how cozy that must be, but we have to be humble and willing to submit to the events that befall us in life. We expect our children to obey us when we ask them to perform some chore, even if they hate it. Why should we be surprised that God expects the same of us?

Through our faith and obedience, God can bless us as we endure our trials. Whether or not we ask for that comfort is up to us!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

If Ye Are Prepared, Ye Need Not Fear

Planning for the future is a good proactive way of dealing with hardships that may come up. Husbands and dads purchase life insurance to take care of their families in case something should happen to them. Home owner's insurance, car insurance, and medical insurance all serve the same purpose.

Have you ever heard a bad weather forecast on the news? You decide to run to the store to stock up on a few necessities "just in case," but the parking lot and store are full of people who are doing the exact same thing. If you always kept a well-stocked pantry, you wouldn't need to run to the store, or the gas station, or other emergency places.

Look at me--I always have an emergency Hershey bar or two on hand in case the worst happens!

Member of the Mormon church have been told for years that they should have a year's supply of food. I'm sure they don't try to buy everything all at once, but a little at a time. What if we only have a 6-month supply, or a 3-month supply of food on hand. We would still be better off that having nothing. What about water storage? And a way to keep warm if it is wintertime? Thinking about these plans when things are calm is much easier than in times of panic.

What can you do to prepare?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What is 2012?

The Year 2012 frenzy centers around the fact the the Mayan Long Count calendar ends on December 21, 2012, ending a 5125-year system of time. There are many stories and much folklore regarding what will happen at that time. Since nobody really knows what is going to happen, there is a lot of fear of the future.

People fall on all sides of the topic--some believe that the earth will be destroyed by some cataclysmic event, while others believe that the earth will be spiritually transformed into a higher state of being. As the date gets closer, we will hear rumors and conspiracies continue to escalate which will lead to a higher level of fear among the earth's inhabitants.

The goal of this blog is to address the fact and fiction surrounding 2012 and hopefully allay some fears be bringing the truth out into the light.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions. I won't always know the answer, but I will certainly do what I can to find out. Thanks for visiting!