Anxiety is Not My Friend

Today’s post, Anxiety is Not My Friend, could be symbolic in some way. Symbolic in thinking that anxiety is like a pesky mosquito on a camping trip.

Anxiety is Not My Friend

That Pesky Mosquito Versus Anxiety.

Let’s think about summer, and camping. We spend a Friday night packing up tents, sleeping bags. Also the camp foodies like hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, potato chips. Of course the fixings for Smores, marshmallows, graham crackers, and the favorite Hershey’s Chocolate Bar.

Grab our favorite camping spot by our favorite creek on the Salmon River in Idaho. Sounds fun doesn’t it? Have you ever gone on a camping trip in the wilderness? There’s something about camping by a flowing riverbed. The water seems to attract the mosquito.

Mosquitoes (or mosquitos) are approximately 3,600 species of small flies comprising the family Culicidae The word “mosquito is Spanish for “little fly”.

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Anxiety is not my friend neither is the mosquito.

If you are new to camping world, we would call you a “newbie.” The newbie camper doesn’t bring his or her common sense. Two words- unprepared. I used to be that newbie camper.

I remember one summer, my first husband and I took our girls, and the two Native American boys we were fostering to a camping spot by a running creek. We thought it was the perfect setting. The perfect place to have a great campfire. Newbies don’t get the facts before going on an excursion.

Mosquito’s bite. Anxiety causes panic attacks.

Here we are as newbies thinking we are ready to enjoy this camping adventure. Tents set up, camp fire going, roasting marshmallows for smores. Them boom they are everywhere, in your hair, ears, nose, arms, hands, and legs. Biting like a bunch of flesh eaters. Guess what? We had no mosquito repellant. Nothing.

We spent the evening fighting off those restless, wound-up, on edge little flies. Finally after not being able to control our feelings. We all became irritable, feeling majorly stressed out. We finally couldn’t fight them off any more and ran to our tents, Zipping ourselves tightly in a 6 x 6 area of space.

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How quickly do you think we packed up and went home?

I think between the six of us, we counted over five hundred mosquito bites. Hahaha. I have to laugh now, it was the biggest lesson in learning to be prepared for future camping trips. After a lot of medicated ointments and five days of rewinding the itchy and scratchy show. We were finally able to feel balanced and normal again.

Anxiety is not my friend, yet, I do know how to open space for applying inner peace.

This is kind of an example of what anxiety can do to the mind, body, and soul if we don’t know how to address the ointment of love, and opening space in our soul for reasoning.

Anxiety involves a persistent feeling of dread or worrying. Kinda of like those pesky mosquitos that come in multitudes. Which can interfere with every day life.

The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder can be like that of 3500 mosquito’s driving you MAD out of control:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or edgy
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Lack of focus or concentration
  • Irritable
  • Having aches and pains, headaches, muscle aches
  • Hard time controlling feelings of worry
  • Sleep problems, falling or staying asleep

So anxiety is not my friend, yet, I will ope space for recognizing the symptoms and the effects it can have upon my mind, body, and soul.



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