Show Notes and Resources
What does chaos look like to you? Every day we are faced with emotions, thoughts and waves in our body that can leave us feeling numb or out of control. Join Candy, Ella and Jennifer as they discuss how to find peace in a time of chaos.
Fear can paralyze our ability to trust ourselves and our confidence in decision-making.Tweet
Fear often includes a bodily response, particularly to a specific place, activity or circumstance where we have had a traumatic experience. When we create new, positive experiences for ourselves in those places, we can overcome the avoidance of those places or activities and begin to enjoy them again. This rewires the pathways in our brain for positive experiences.
We may not be able to change the external circumstances, but we can reprocess and reprogram the ways that we respond to challenges.
We can be affected by others’ fearful responses to us. We long for others to respond to our fears with care and compassion, but sometimes it triggers their own fears. How can we be present for others in their fears?
Fear can be debilitating. It can keep us “locked up,” both mentally and physically, if we are too afraid to even leave our homes.
Despite the challenging climate right now, with the pandemic and social unrest, we can dig deep in our thoughts and commit to processing our feelings. It is possible that we can emerge from this challenging time being stronger, healthier and more present! We have to be present to extend care to others.
Fear can masquerade as other emotions and we aren’t as swift to notice it. It’s important to identify our emotions and stop the cycle of fear.
We need safe places to release stress and rest our minds and bodies.
One of the greatest ways to combat fear is vulnerability. Reach out to others; voice the fear; ask for encouragement, prayer and support.Tweet
Fear is stifling. The enemy wants us to be silent, keep everything to ourselves and be alone in our fear. But God created us for community!
We don’t have to live with fear. God is present with us!
Reaction vs. Response to Fear:
- Reaction is our gut response and emotions.
- Response is intentional, bringing truth to our situation.
- How can we respond instead of react?
What are your top fear dispellers?
- Stop and breathe.
- Remind myself “I am not alone.” God is with me and is working for the best possible outcome.
- Rely on my community. Reach out and ask for help, encouragement and words of truth.
- Reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past. Reflect on my testimony!
- Playlist of songs to bring myself into a place of worship and centering.
- Name the fear and identify my emotions.
- Look for the best-case scenario.