Pretty common emotion these days. It seems to be a pandemic equal to the Corona virus, or worse. it is also very common in a mixed faith marriage. We are anxious about the unknown future or how to deal with this “new normal” of a mixed faith marriage.
Our thoughts and how we manage our mind is directly correlated to our anxiety.
Add on top of normal life anxiety things like general conference coffee, alcohol, garments, Sunday attendance and anxiety can easily surface and feel out of control.
How to deal with it?
Recognize it is just an emotion. This means it is something you are feeling in your body. You are not going to die from anxiety (at least not today). Our brains and body want us to think we are going to die if we don’t do something drastic NOW.
Getting worked up, ignoring it, pushing against it, all make it worse.
Quietly watch it. Think of it as a exhibit in a museum, it is not dangerous or threatening, it is just something to watch and observe.
Deep breathes. Sound cliche, but it works. One after the other. For as long as it takes.
Accept that anxiety is a part of life. It is a human emotion and you are a human. It need not be a problem. Having anxiety is NOT a problem. It is the human condition. Anxiety need not stop you from functioning or moving forward with your life.