Just breathe.

This is what I kept telling myself as he opened the hatch.

I could see his lips moving but the hum of the engine drowned out his words. But it looked something like, “Are you ready?” with a smirk.

I double checked my straps. Adrenaline surged through me as I began to take in what I was about to do. I was about jump out of a plane and plummet 15,000 feet, for fun.

Who does this?

Apparently getting a rush of anxiety induced adrenaline is a thing. Perhaps you haven’t skydived out of a plane, but you’ve probably experienced a roller coaster ride or taken a fun risk at some point in your life. However, it become less of a thing you enjoy in your life when you start living with it on a chronic, unhealthy basis.

This is the culture we live in. Constantly stressed out. Overwhelmed. Anxious. Worried about everything.

We seem to be living in a state of fear all the time:

Fear of going to school (or sending our kids to school) in case the next shooting strikes.

Fear of being unable to pay back student loans.

Fear of starting your own business.

Fear of pursuing that next relationship.

No longer is this adrenaline rush of anxiety fun anymore. Instead, it becomes taxing, debilitating, crippling.

Some people just cope with it. Others simply accept it. But most people never truly seek to conquer it because they don’t know what they’re dealing with in the first place.

So how do we overcome it?

First we need to understand the root of it.

It’s a proven fact that when stress, anxiety, or worry arises in your body, you start going through what they call a “flight or fight” response. This is the same response we get when we are approached with fear.

This can be a good thing.

Say you get attacked by a stranger, what are you going to do? Well, hopefully this switch in your body will turn on to help you either fight back, or take flight from the situation at hand.

But what about when this mechanism stays “on” in your body all the time?

This is what happens when we enter into a chronic state of stress, worry and anxiety. Which by the sound of it, it’s exactly where most of you are…

This is an unhealthy place to be.

When your body is in a constant state of stress, you are making no room to recharge or refuel your engine.

Think of yourself as a racecar on a racetrack. Say you never stop for gas. What will happen? You won’t make it to the finish line. Even though racecar drivers are in the middle of a race, they make time to stop for gas because otherwise they will run out of fuel.

Friend, when’s the last time you’ve taken a pit stop to refuel your soul?

God’s Word says, “Truly, my soul finds rest in God” (Psalm 62:1).

When’s the last time you’ve taken your anxieties to Jesus?

God’s Word says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).

When you’re wondering about your future…

When you’re worried for your sister…

When you’re whining about your failure…

When you’re wishing for a healer…

In all these things, we already have the answer we need: stop, and refuel by bringing them to Jesus. Remember He loves you, He cares for you, He is for you not against you, and He is in control.

However, perhaps you’re like me and you need more depth of insight to this topic?

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Instead of a long-winded post, I’ve provided a free gift to you where I unpack these fears deeper. Because I believe our stress, anxiety and worry stems from four fears we all struggle with. And I believe we have forgotten what God’s Word says about helping us become free from anxiety.

I invite you to sign-up for my free 4-day video series so I can help you dig deeper and reveal more about what stress and anxiety is and how to overcome it with biblical truth. As a Christian certified life coach in stress-management, I know a thing or two about this topic.

At times there may be a need for additional professional help to overcome anxiety. But for now, let me help you in a non-medical way by giving you clarity to your struggles in a Biblical perspective.

Regardless, referring to this passage and doing exactly what it says will help you take the next right step in the direction to being free from the clutches of fear, stress and anxiety:

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7, NIV)

Rachel C. Swanson is a best-selling author, speaker, podcaster, and accredited life coach. She’s passionate about refining away the barriers that are holding others back and restoring their hearts and minds back to God’s truth. Her newest book, Refine and Restore: Revive Your Heart, Release Your Purpose, releases October 2019. Married for twelve years to her husband Jeff, they recently relocated their tribe of “Wannabe Triplets” to the rural hills of Southern Idaho.