“Do not be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Panic and anxiety have never been useful. Yet, I continue to use them as my guides. Sometimes I can remember to take a deep breath and proceed with unclouded thinking to solve the problem at hand. But if I am overwhelmed, then I go to that autopilot response of fight or flight. I believe my anxiety comes from not feeling prepared for that unknown event, actually looking like a fool is more like it. One of my biggest anxiety triggers is a visit to the dentist. I would rather give birth to my daughter at her current age (7 y.o.), then get a root canal. I am not sure if it is the claustrophobic feeling of lying still and two people in my face and then putting dental instruments in my mouth, the smells or drilling noises or the visit will equal that of pain, time and money, lots of money. Teeth cleaning are bearable until I hear, “uh, this tooth appears to have a problem, let’s have the doctor come check it out further”. Cue panic attack.